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    Gainward GeForce GTX 970
  • 13% (3)
    GALAX GeForce GTX 970 (Black PCB)
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    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SuperClocked
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    MSI GTX 970 4GD5 OC
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    Zotac GeForce GTX 970
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    PNY GeForce GTX 970
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post #21 of 30
If you want to only run one GPU atm then go with an aftermarket solution from ASUS or MSI. Both are under 290mm.

The only "reference" design for the 970 is a special built card for OverclockersUK/CasekingDE and more expensive than any other 970.
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Thank you and do you think radial cooling is better than axial?
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by Kamtzy View Post

If you want to only run one GPU atm then go with an aftermarket solution from ASUS or MSI. Both are under 290mm.

The only "reference" design for the 970 is a special built card for OverclockersUK/CasekingDE and more expensive than any other 970.
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Caseking

Don't the reference GTX 970s have coil whine? That's why you want a non-reference design.
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So I have looked up the ASUS and MSI GPUs and this two models seem good to me: "ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5" and "MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G".
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I think that either one of them would be the right choice.
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Originally Posted by grifon View Post

So I have looked up the ASUS and MSI GPUs and this two models seem good to me: "ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5" and "MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G".

outstanding models. completely silent at idle and light gaming as fans don't spin till GPU temps cross 65c. the asus strix is 28 cm long

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_970_STRIX_OC/3.html
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/STRIXGTX970DC2OC4GD5/specifications/

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_970_Gaming/3.html
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/GTX-970-GAMING-4G.html#hero-specification
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Why does the ASUS only have 1 8-pin PCI-E connector whilst the MSI has an 8-pin and a 6-pin PCI-E connector?
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Why does the ASUS only have 1 8-pin PCI-E connector whilst the MSI has an 8-pin and a 6-pin PCI-E connector?

Thats the decision of ASUS and MSI respectively. The ASUS card can supply 225w power with a 8 pin (150w) and the PCI-E bus (75w). The MSI card can supply 300W (150 + 75 + 75) and its higher power delivery allows for better stability at very high voltage overclocks (1600+ Mhz).
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Thats the decision of ASUS and MSI respectively. The ASUS card can supply 225w power with a 8 pin (150w) and the PCI-E bus (75w). The MSI card can supply 300W (150 + 75 + 75) and its higher power delivery allows for better stability at very high voltage overclocks (1600+ Mhz).

That's what I thought. Those cards pull about 160W under load [1], so a 225W limit is a fair bit of headroom given how efficient these cards are. Then, a 300W limit is ridiculous, twice what the card will pull at load non-overclocked.

[1] http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_geforce_gtx_970_strix_review,7.html

Back to the question at hand,

ASUS: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-352-AS&tool=3&rows=0

MSI: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-259-MS&tool=3&rows=0

Few complaints about coil-whine on the MSI, but none on the ASUS.
Edited by TekWarfare - 1/11/15 at 9:23am
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OK, so I think I will buy the one from ASUS. Thanks a lot.
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