Originally Posted by Mals
So I know this has been addressed before but I gotta ask... why are classifieds so special/more expensive? voltage control? dual bios? Do they allow for a better overclock under water? For a "more standard" user like myself would there be any reason to get it over the ACX?
Classified has vastly better power delivery = higher OC. It tends to have many more power phases, better chokes/inductors, better mosfets , better capacitors and EVBOT support (an add-on for clock changes + voltage change: VCore, VPLL, VDD , VDDQ). It's well worth $20-50 more (depending on card tier). It may or may not be chip binned too.
ACX is a dual axial fan cooler with dual ball bearings. Nothing more.
FTW / SC are factory overclocked models but with "Standard" power delivery. FTW is the highest tier besides Classified.
For a regular user it allows for better resale, that's about it. If you were using it more than 3 years then I would say it has less chance of dying. If it's an EVGA card it doesn't matter if it dies within 3 years because EVGA has a good warranty.
To break it down:
GTX 780 Classified ACX = Classified, ACX cooler
GTX 780 Classified DUAL Hydro copper = Classified, liquid cooling block , Dual BIOS
GTX 760 SC ACX = overclocked slightly , ACX cooler
GTX 770 FTW =overclocked more, blower
If there's DUAL in the name it's Dual BIOs.Edited by AlphaC - 11/14/13 at 2:45pm