Originally Posted by simsmode
And another question on the gpu, Is there any reason to get a non-reference card i.e. classified, super clocked, ect. ?
I mean, I'm water cooling so I can just O.C. them manually right? or is there any advantages to non-reference cards?
Several.... the following shows what's available.....moving up from lowest to highest.
1. Base Reference card with reference cooler
2. Reference card w/ improved cooler
3. Reference card w/ improved cooler and factory OC (i.e EVGA SC)
4. Non-Reference card w/ custom PCB .... maybe a alternate brand but equivalent quality VRM (i.e. EVGA 760 SC) and factory OC5. Non-Reference card w/ custom PCB and beefier VRM (i.e. MSI N series, Asus DCII, Gigabyte Windforce)
6. Non Reference card w/ custom PCB and beefier VRM and binned GPUs (i.e. AsusTOP series)
7. Non Reference card w/ custom PCB and beefier VRM and over voltage capabilities (i.e. MSI Lightning / EVGA Classified)
I never go less than 5 ..... downside is....if not at the top of the series....i.e 780 / 290 ..... WB vendors may not offer blocks...... Asus DCII I see drop down a but but not many others.
Originally Posted by WarpPrism
Well, looks like you are the expert here.
But as you said we will have to wait for the results of the first few long-term testers, since we don't have very much information from Asus on how the block is made other than it's anodized.
Depends what ya waiting for
..... being the less noble metal, science says it's impossible for aluminum to corrode anything else in the loop......the OCN link I referred to proves that ..... even with bare aluminum, it's impossible to damage copper / nickel blocks. If ya waiting for a demonstration that the anodizing process in the Asus Block was done adequately, then yes you will have to wait, tho the warranty will allay many fears at least thru the 3 year warranty period.... the adoption of the material by other MoBo makers is however indicative of which way this is goingEdited by JackNaylorPE - 1/13/14 at 12:50pm