Thank you wermad for trying to clarify what makes a full cover block a full cover block, people seem to have forgotten that.
This is a full cover block:
As is this:
This is NOT a full cover block:
If you're going to troll at least get it right.
The 780 Classified was made alongside EVGA. All components that are "covered" do not need cooling. Everything has been tested and performs wonderfully, even overclocked. The 780 Classy PCB is gigantic if you haven't noticed and milling material, especially plexi, has to be limited. What most people don't know is raw material can vary in height, sometimes by a lot more than you'd expect. This is why we did not make a plexi version as the quality would be too uncontrollable (due to the large size) and there'd be problems.
Yes I may be bias a little but I don't understand how so many people can complain about more blocks for non-reference cards. Years ago people were joyous that there was a block coming for a reference card. Now, in 2013, we make 6 780 blocks, 1 ref (with 5 variations), and 5 non-ref (most with multiple variations), and people complain.
As a final note to everybody, adding the extra acetal on the ends to make it a "full cover block" as you say, actually hinders cooling since is suffocates the PCB and heat stays trapped in there that is produced. Food for thought.