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Having been an Nvidia man all my computer building life I was wondering whether anyone here could help me decide which of these cards to go with? I like the sound of the MSI Lightning R9 290X, but then the Nvidia supporter in me wants to go with the EVGA Classified ACX GTX 780Ti. So pretty much, HELP!?!?
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Are you water cooling or sticking with the air cooler?
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780TI is the faster of the two so i would go with that.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1476616/what-would-you-like-to-see-kingpin-vs-290x-lightning#post_22001915

The 780 Ti is the stronger card.

But it also costs more.

Both will give you the same gameplay experience.
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post #5 of 10
If you are air cooling, you'd be better off going with this.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1577&products_id=25746

All 780 Ti overclock very similarly on stock voltage. 1200 mhz is a virtual guarantee.

The Classified's advantage is that you can pump extra voltage through it. But doing that on air, you hit the limits quickly.

I sold my Classified and bought another reference 780 Ti.
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Definitely water-cooling, I will be running the card and my i7-4770K with dual 360mm Monsta (assuming I can get the top off this damned 900D) radiators just to keep things cool and quiet.
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Originally Posted by Nephalem View Post

Definitely water-cooling, I will be running the card and my i7-4770K with dual 360mm Monsta (assuming I can get the top off this damned 900D) radiators just to keep things cool and quiet.

Then the Classified it is.

We have plenty of members here in the 1400 mhz range on water, some even hitting 1500 mhz.

If you do a search for bench results like this one......

http://www.overclock.net/t/1443196/firestrike-extreme-top-30

All the top slots are populated by 780 Ti Classified or Kingpin cards.
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If I were to go and try and top that chart (not that I expect to on 1150) would I be better to spend the little extra for an unlocked Kingpin or would the Classified ACX be suitable?
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post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nephalem View Post

If I were to go and try and top that chart (not that I expect to on 1150) would I be better to spend the little extra for an unlocked Kingpin or would the Classified ACX be suitable?

wait for the 6GB come out. that Ti will drop in price for sure. btw, look at post #28 in the link mcg posted.wink.gif

these guys are right, on air and water . . . go with the Ti.

edit:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1479718/2-evga-gtx-780ti-with-ek-waterblock-and-backplate
Edited by rdr09 - 4/19/14 at 5:48am
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Originally Posted by Nephalem View Post

If I were to go and try and top that chart (not that I expect to on 1150) would I be better to spend the little extra for an unlocked Kingpin or would the Classified ACX be suitable?

Several people who bought a Kingpin to go with their Classy ended up selling the Kingpin because it was no better than the Classy for extreme OC.

I'd say save the money.
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