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I read someone mentioned that reference pcb's use higher grade components. Is this true? I always thought that custom pcb's were better since Asus and Gigabyte usually put more power phases.
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Yes, but they are also used to spread the components to fit better cooling solutions etc
     
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I read someone mentioned that reference pcb's use higher grade components. Is this true? I always thought that custom pcb's were better since Asus and Gigabyte usually put more power phases.

Impossible to answer this question with a single cut dry answer.

It all depends on the card's in question. I'll Take my Non-Reference TOXIC card over any reference 6950 or 6970 PCB.

It is best to do your research with the individual card you intend to buy.

Most people prefer the non reference cooling design's for an air cooled card, while Water Cooler's tend to want reference PCB's due to water block selection.
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Most people prefer the non reference cooling design's for an air cooled card

This this and this. Sapphire for instance, their vapor-x/toxic air coolers are amazing. Plan on going water cooling? Well....you're screwed.
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This this and this. Sapphire for instance, their vapor-x/toxic air coolers are amazing. Plan on going water cooling? Well....you're screwed.

I beg to differ. My Toxic will be swimming soon. There are actually a few blocks that will support different non-reference cooler's. TOXIC Cards tend to have a pretty decent selection.

Also note that the TOXIC Vapor-X Chamber cooler's they use are amazingly cool but also can sound like a space station ready for blast off.

Its best to do your research on each individual card. MSI's TwinForzer cards are coveted as being cool operating and quiet at the same time.
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This this and this. Sapphire for instance, their vapor-x/toxic air coolers are amazing. Plan on going water cooling? Well....you're screwed.

 

Unless you don't mind universal blocks.

 

 

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I beg to differ. My Toxic will be swimming soon. There are actually a few blocks that will support different non-reference cooler's. TOXIC Cards tend to have a pretty decent selection.

Also note that the TOXIC Vapor-X Chamber cooler's they use are amazingly cool but also can sound like a space station ready for blast off.

Its best to do your research on each individual card. MSI's TwinForzer cards are coveted as being cool operating and quiet at the same time.

 

He is right for the most part.

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Unless you don't mind universal blocks.



He is right for the most part.

I always forget about those things since I never see anyone use them. How do they hold up normally? Seems like could be limited sine the memory chips have to use those little heatsinks
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I always forget about those things since I never see anyone use them. How do they hold up normally? Seems like could be limited sine the memory chips have to use those little heatsinks


The right universal block and the right card can work very well together. Just depends on how you implement your entire cooling solution.

As long as there is airflow to the GPU area of the case then they will cool just fine.
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I always forget about those things since I never see anyone use them. How do they hold up normally? Seems like could be limited sine the memory chips have to use those little heatsinks

 

You can always install copper heatinsks on the VRM and memory. Never going to win any beauty contests but it does the job almost as well as a full cover block.

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I read someone mentioned that reference pcb's use higher grade components. Is this true? I always thought that custom pcb's were better since Asus and Gigabyte usually put more power phases.


In a nutshell:

Nvidia - you almost always want a custom pcb

AMD - you almost always want a reference pcb
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