Originally Posted by szeged
allows custom pcb
's of this card, i might wait a bit to grab a asus matrix
, since i could never get my hands on a platinum 7970
I see you like water. You might like to reconsider that custom PCB purchase. Past generation(GCN) waterblocks were available only for reference designs, cause AiB partners went crazy with the custom SKUs. If this generation of GCN has the same behaviour, you'll be happier purchasing reference designs.
Also, the overclocking potential from a reference design to a custom pcb design was nil on air on water(before the AiB started voltage locking their cards to prevent lesser cards eating into their big brother sales...7950-->Toxic, 7970-->Matrix, etc). When they did that, reference designs pulled even more ahead, cause the VRM set used on them was pretty good by AMD specs. They overclocked enormously, so your only enemies were the temp wall@73-76º on air and the voltage wall under water. The Matrix had a beefy VRM section for LN2 but wasn't known as an amazing card all around. We even have one OCN member that split it a-la-Hulk in a fit of rage after many problems, poor overclock and GPUtweak throwing tantrums cause the Matrix was locked to GPUTweak for overclock. Tsm106's avatar is the picture of that split Matrix
People with reference designs purchased on launch day got golden chips regularly