Originally Posted by Frutek
MSI Gaming X has both that you need
memory chips and VRM are covered with plate already.
That's what I'm eyeing.
If anyone puts an AIO on an MSI card, let us know how it goes. Can you fit the AIO while leaving the VRAM plate on? I'm thinking about dropping a 120mm rad onto one of these GTX 1070s.
Originally Posted by lifeisshort117
It's the same idea with overclocking a proc on a lower end motherboard and a motherboard meant for overclocking. of COURSE you'll get a nicer overclock with the motherboard that is meant for overclocking.
Err, hold on, haha. Any Z170/Z97/Z87 motherboard will overclock a CPU to just about the same level. This has been tested time and time again; Silicon Lottery (which bins hundreds of CPUs, maybe thousands by now) has also reaffirmed this: the motherboard will not change your overclock in the slightest....unless you were going on LN2.
GPUs, though, I think are a totally different story. Someone floated an interesting point: maybe one reason all these cards are maxing out at 2050MHz more often than 2100MHz: EVGA, MSI, et al. are binning those cards (and thus not selling them now) for their Lightning, Classified, HOF LE, etc. cards.