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So I Bought two Founders Edition 1080TI to run in SLI and one Asus 1080 TI strix OC because microcenter got one in as i was standing there - still wanted to get one more but I'm new to doing sli etc. So My question is my goal is to push these cards as much as possible. The one system is for my girlfriend who doesnt play games but talking into it slowly and has been working as a backup as my system just went down. Hers I plan on just leaveing fan cooled cards. On my main system I would Like to do a custom watercooled loop for graphics cards and go from the AIO I have now to another custom loop for the cpu. But I didn't know how the upgraded levels of graphics cards work. I had two 1080 sli fe before this and other then that the only thing I had was a 770ti msi that had way more power connectors then the 1080. So is there a difference in the PCB of the upgraded card levels, So for the purpose of watercooling would a fe be better I know people say it would be easier to find water blocks.
So I guess one, is there a difference other then heat pipe and fans on the different level of upgraded 1080 ti.
As well which is better If I plan on ripping the card down for liquid cooling
And Lastly for performance would the upgraded water cooled cards be better used on my:
6900k
asus rampage 5 ann 10 board
128gb corsair dominator 3000 ram
Corsair H110I with two nacamichi fans pushing and two mag lev corsairs in pull, as well as two bottom pull in corsair and three of the same in the front suck in and rear push out mag lev.
960 Evo 1tb drive
2x 850 pro ssd 1tb ea which will be in striped raid as i reset this back up.

or a 7700k at 5.0ghz
64gb of corsair vengence 3xxxx ram
2x 960 evo 250gb m2 nvme in striped raid
1x 950 pro 512gb m2 nvme
2x 1tb striped raid WD sata drives
NZ 240mm cooler aio
like 8 couger fans
currently 2x fe 1080 ti in sli
1x elgato hd60 pro

I have historically streamed a good bit especially on xbox but now as im making the pc switch I'm trying to get everything done so both units will also feed into the third system I"m not sure how to do the 2 captures into one system and audio but suggestions welcome. As well do you think it necessary to overclock a 1080 fe and is there any base specs people feel are safe to push to or at least a baseline as i learn to oc these, as well any links to overclocking steps for these or 1080ti.

Third system capturing everything is
6800k did board preset 4.0ghz overclock and seems to be running fine
air 240 case
asrock fatality x m.3.1 x99
64gb of ballistic memory 2400
4x 250gb intel ssd's in striped 0 raid
Asus thunderbolt adapter hooked to lacie 5 drive 10tb raid setup
GTX 1080 asus fe
Asus hyper kit with toshiba oc400 128gb m.2 drive
2 small exhaust fans
h110i corsair push pull setup 3 more front intake and bottom fans.
Trimmed top panel so radiator starts inside and ends outside but trimmed nicely and mounted Securely
Also have a HD60s Capture Card usb based but seems faster then the hd60pro
I'm using a mic per computer right now and keyboards on the two gameing rigs and the streaming rig runs with a switcher.

Currently I'm running an asus pg348 3440x1440 with overclock hz at 100. per pc except streaming rig which is a dell 60 frames 3440x1440.

So any suggestions on configureing any of these cards as well for oc would be great or atleast a good point to start and whats everyones favorite tuning software
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As you know using reference cards you will have an easier time findings blocks for those and use them with your 6900k system.
 
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is there any benefit in going with an upgraded card even if obtaining a block is harder, I guess what I'm asking is is there anoticable diference in reference cards and aftermarket other then cooling - from my limited experience ive seen more power connections but I'm not sure how much more power this equates to in a system. I cant wait to try this on my 6900 system but unfortunately the mother board is a pain in the ass 5 boards later still wont post.... loosing my mind.
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Well the aftermarket cards usually have better cooling and the more expensive ones better boards/components and they will OC better.
 
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Thanks for the info my main concerns heat, I just did a mini it's in a fractal case last night with a strix 1080ti OC and it was so tight that I couldn't leave the Uber thin dust filter on the end vents. And was worried about heat but under 3440*1440 and ultra settings on battlegrounds on the mini it never cracked 50c and I had it turned up was holding 2050clock and 300 on ram and and it's in the same case as a m.2 raid, and a 5.0ghz 7700k I really thought it was gonna produce more heat. I know when the fans go up to 100% which I manually did to try it it's super loud but I wear headphones so I can deal but like I said never got above 50c. And that's in a mini so I'm figuring the large system I have runs two I just bought waiting to put the CPU in to test are strix ocs 1080ti, guessing they really don't need water cooling although it would beside quieter potentially? I also bought two feet cards I put in my. Girls 7700rig. Figuring she didn't need something crazy on it and if it got to hot and cooling those would be easier block wise.
So I guess after rereading my rambling I'm asking is water-cooling really nessecary in a 70f degree ambient temp room with two either strix or amped units better or two feet with waterblocks or two water-cooled from the factory amped units worth it? Mostly gameing workload photo editing and audio editing as well as streaming video editing workload. The mini pictured is the strix card iced and running at 50 with just radiator for CPU fans, one exhaust rear mag Lev and the video cards 3 fans and staying at 50 benchmarking highest I saw was 70. And that was like 45 min. The second case large with all the mag Lev fans in red is the 6900k I'm reassembling now swapped the board out and now the CPU cause they got burned, and just upgraded to the two strix my main concern is that the temps will be ok or. Water would benefit. So two stock units with water or the two modded strix units (opinions please) and the green ones the one with the two 1080 to fe cards again just upgraded the cards so haven't done thermals yet. [IMG][IMG][IMG]
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