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worth the $$$ to H2O a GTX780?

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So im about to upgrade to a 780 from my 580. my question is with the boost crap, is it worth it to really water cool a card as far as performance? can you flash the bios to limit this on the newer cards? Also i was considering waiting for the msi lighting, asus direct cu, or evga classy. with my current 580 i hit a wall on the reference design of the card, at around 1ghz the card just cant provide anymore power. will i run into this same issue on the newer ref cards? i have little exp with the boost throttling stuff on the newer 680 and 780's i helped my buddy overclock his 670's and that was about it.
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The reference cards are fantastic so far. Nevertheless, the silicon lottery is what decides your overclock potential. There are modded vbios's out there at the moment. http://forum.techinferno.com/nvidia-video-cards/3632-nvidia-gtx-700-series-modified-vbios.html here for example.

The lightning will probably a beast of a card but it wont be coming for another while. Not worth the wait imo.

Is it worth watercooling... I would say yes, but that's your and your wallets decision lol. If you already have a loop with enough rad space then I would definitely grab a block and put it in the loop.
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