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ASUS GTX 680 Reference - will the GELID Icy Vision v2 the worth it?

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I bought one of the earlest to come out GTX 680s, an ASUS GTX 680 that looks just like any reference card. I got it up to 1300/7000 without extra cooling, but it reaches 70C rather fast and then my clocks go down, causing slow downs. I do not just how reference it is and whether it is worth it to be GELID Icy Vision v2 or v3 (if it exists) or any other air cooler. I saw some people had to sand off parts of the GELID Icy Vision to make sure small GTX 680 heatsinks don't touch.

Would this HSF unit be quieter than GTX 680 @ 100% fan speed? Are there any other better ones (air-only) ?

My other option is to flash this GTX 680 to GTX 770, which would up the temp threshold up to 85C if I am not mistaken? I just do not want to permanently mess up my card... I also heard that many GTX 680 to GTX 770 flashes reported lower overall performance...

What route should I go? Both maybe? I am not planning on buying a new card...
Edited by MonarchX - 4/7/14 at 4:40pm
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Don't flash the card to a 770, there is little to no difference.

The Gelid heatsink will help you cool the card more, allowing the GPU clocks to maintain its self at full clock speed, as it is running cooler.
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The difference is in Boost 2.0, which is temperature-controlled and not power-controlled. Why not get that benefit?
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