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I wasn't sure if it was already posted but Asus is making the rog platinum r9 290x and 780ti version.
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780 Ti:



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post #23 of 79
This card looks atrocious. Asus always has to rice something up, haha.

In terms of specs and quality, the Lightning is better. Having the same VRM heatsink strip just like on the DCII isn't going to help out the VRM temps either (well, it's a bit longer to cover the extra phases). The 290/x and GK110 DCIIs were already hot when it came to VRMs (mid ~90s iirc), and I'm willing to bet this one will be in the same ballpark. It also looks like they're using the same gpu heatsink that's on the DCII, but hopefully they tweaked it so that all of the heatpipes are contacting the gpu die this time (On the 290/x DCII, two heatpipes weren't in contact with the die since the cooler originally went on GK110). Looking at the exploded picture, it doesn't look like the vram is covered either.

I'd only get this card if it was going under water. Other than that, no thanks. Those phases won't really be utilized if they're running too hot, so water is required to get the most efficiency out of them (same applies to lightning to a lesser extent). The last good coolers Asus made were the 280x Matrix, and the triple slot DCII V2. Maybe one of these days, Asus will get their cooling straight.
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pics above ^^

Hynix for the 780ti and Elpida for the 290x, hmm...
    
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post #25 of 79
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pics above ^^

Hynix for the 780ti and Elpida for the 290x, hmm...

Yep mad.gif
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Elpida is a big turn off for me and it still has that tiiiiiiiiny VRM heatsink with way too thick cooling ribs which is not exactly adequate for air overclocking...
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post #27 of 79
Quote:
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All I can say is.....does anybody wanna buy some 780ti's drool.gif

Um....yea, actually I am in market.

If the deal is good enough, we could talk.
    
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The only good thing here is the black heatsink.
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Elpida is a big turn off for me and it still has that tiiiiiiiiny VRM heatsink with way too thick cooling ribs which is not exactly adequate for air overclocking...
To be fair Elpdia doesn't do that much worse than Hynix and on the ref it is more the chip itself limiting the speeds than the memory.
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Originally Posted by MrTOOSHORT View Post

pics above ^^

Hynix for the 780ti and Elpida for the 290x, hmm...

I don't believe Elpida supplied memory to any 780 Ti builders. I'm guessing they could not meet the 7000 mhz spec.
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