Originally Posted by DuraN1
Paying more if you want different looks is ok of course. But so far it doesn't seem like its a better card. Not hating or fanboying or anything (returned my Classy)
Backplate for looks yes, but not necessary at all. EVBot is for voltages OVER 1.35v, and so far I haven't seen that on the Lightning either. Power phases etc are probably just fine on the Classified.
I was waiting for the Lightning too, but it took too long and I got a Classy (which I returned). Considering the Lightning but limited availability pointing me towards getting Classy SLI instead
You can voltage soft-mod with Rbby's tool past 1.35v on the Lightning, unlike the Classified which requires EVBot. I've personally hit 1.41v on mine, although once you start getting into the 1.4v+ range, you more or less want a full cover waterblock to cool the vrms, as they start to get a bit unstable due to heat on air (even pointing a fan directly at the card doesn't fully help this). And unfortunately, there aren't full cover waterblocks from EK out yet :(