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The VRM heatsink of the MSI is much larger than the thin strip on the Zotac. MSIs covers almost the entire front of the PCB but I think that's because it's cooling more than just VRM.

If you look at the Zotac heatsink underneath there is an area beside the Ram chips where they've placed thermal pads for cooling additional MOSFETs.

I think both are using the same # of VRM phases with doublers so that parts equal.

If it was me I'd get the MSI to have a plug and play swap + not have to deal with those dinky aluminum heatsinks or having to cover those oddly placed MOSFETs on the Zotac.

The regular Amp is cheaper than the MSI though but not cheap enough to counter the inconvenience IMO.
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The VRM heatsink of the MSI is much larger than the thin strip on the Zotac. MSIs covers almost the entire front of the PCB but I think that's because it's cooling more than just VRM.

If you look at the Zotac heatsink underneath there is an area beside the Ram chips where they've placed thermal pads for cooling additional MOSFETs.

I think both are using the same # of VRM phases with doublers so that parts equal.

If it was me I'd get the MSI to have a plug and play swap + not have to deal with those dinky aluminum heatsinks or having to cover those oddly placed MOSFETs on the Zotac.

The regular Amp is cheaper than the MSI though but not cheap enough to counter the inconvenience IMO.

You have good points and I would really want to get the MSI if not for these gotchas:

1.) In our country, the price difference between the Zotac AMP! Extreme and the MSI Gaming X would be around $106.
2.) The warranty for Zotac is 5 years and the MSI has only 3 years.

I know the baseplate seems to provide better cooling to the front PCB components overall, but will it even make a difference? I care less if I experience "inconvenience" in installing the aluminum heatsinks. I just want to know that doing so will provide me the same overclocking capability to the card.
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Yeah if you don't mind attaching your own aluminum heat sinks to the Ram and those Mosfets of the Zotac then that's definitely the better buy given the price difference.

The overall difference is pretty negligible given you will have a fan directly cooling the VRM area which means theoretically you'll have lower VRM temperatures with your Arctic setup because the stock VRM heat sink receives heated air through the main heat sink first rather than cool ambient air from a fan directly.

As for overclocking potential you'll only be limited by silicon lottery.

EDIT: Wait which Arctic Hybrid cooler do you have?
Edited by AngryLobster - 8/28/16 at 11:21pm
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Yeah if you don't mind attaching your own aluminum heat sinks to the Ram and those Mosfets of the Zotac then that's definitely the better buy given the price difference.

The overall difference is pretty negligible given you will have a fan directly cooling the VRM area which means theoretically you'll have lower VRM temperatures with your Arctic setup because the stock VRM heat sink receives heated air through the main heat sink first rather than cool ambient air from a fan directly.

As for overclocking potential you'll only be limited by silicon lottery.

EDIT: Wait which Arctic Hybrid cooler do you have?

Ok, great. I have the first iteration of the Hybrid Cooler, the one with the shroud so I think we're thinking about the same thing.
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Yeah then you're good to go.
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