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I currently have this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133452&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Desktop+Graphics+Cards-_-N82E16814133452&gclid=CJnqyKaSr7UCFVOnPAod_R8AcA , which if I read right is a reference card(short PSB). My questions are; why are reference cards less popular, but are easier to find water blocks for? Why are non-reference preferred, yet have fewer water blocks? Is it just that reference cards are more so "designed" to be water cooled?

And an easy SLI question, if I get a second card will I be able to see independent temps for each card? Sorry I haven't SLI'd since my old nVidia 7950's with 256mb.

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I currently have this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133452&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Desktop+Graphics+Cards-_-N82E16814133452&gclid=CJnqyKaSr7UCFVOnPAod_R8AcA , which if I read right is a reference card(short PSB). My questions are; why are reference cards less popular, but are easier to find water blocks for? Why are non-reference preferred, yet have fewer water blocks? Is it just that reference cards are more so "designed" to be water cooled?

And an easy SLI question, if I get a second card will I be able to see independent temps for each card? Sorry I haven't SLI'd since my old nVidia 7950's with 256mb.

Thanks

Well, I believe non-reference are more popular because they typically run cooler with their stock coolers...So most people getting them won't water so the block makers don't mess around with them.

and yeah...pretty much every tool will show temps for both cards...some won't show them at the same time, but you'd be able to select one GPU or the other.
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Reference is easy to design a block for because - well, they're all the same. (reference design tongue.gif) Most non-reference cards have heavy-duty coolers that keep temps down quite well (much better than reference design), therefore there's no need for a waterblock.

And yes, you will be able to see independent temps for each card.
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Thanks guys! I was having high temps with my card and crashing issues when I tried to OC it, but after changin the fan profile with Afterburner to a "1:1 curve" it doesn't go above 71*(used to go to 80*) in Far Cry 3.
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