Originally Posted by Gameaholic
I am having trouble deciding on which 780 Ti to get. My entire next build hinges on which one I am going to get and it will take up most of my budget. Here are my choices.
1. Asus ROG Matrix 780 Ti Platinum - This is my first choice but I have heard that the direct cu ii card has some clearance issues with the Corsair Obsidian 250D and this looks like it uses pretty much the same cooling system. I'll admit I want to buy this card just for the looks. If it doesn't fit the 250D then I will have to get a mid tower.
2. Asus Diretcu II - A more sensible choice. Leaving it all black would go with a lot more builds.
3. Asus reference 780 Ti- My question about this one is how loud is the reference cooler while gaming? I am considering getting this and then later on cooling it with the NZXT Kraken G10 and NZXT Kraken X60. Will I need to install VRAM heatsinks under the G10's fan? If so can someone recommend some low profile ones?
Also is 3GB of VRAM enough for 2560X1600?
It's a bit silly to buy a graphics card on looks in my opinion but then again I don't really care what the inside of my case looks like.
Stock cooler is really quiet and looks pretty swish, does get a little noisier than other cooling solutions at load but you'd usually have the in game noise to offset against how much you perceive this. Aftermarket coolers are better than the reference design though.... I was quite surprised how much hotter the 780ti's with reference coolers were than my 780s SC with ACX (both EVGA cards). I know it's not apples-for-apples though so a direct comparison is meaningless but was interesting (one was higher clock with fewer cores, the other vice-versa).
If you're tempted for an aftermarket cooler in the future why not look at EVGA Classified cards? Biggest OCing headroom, nice design, voltage control etc
EDIT: yeah, 3GB is fine for that resolution.