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Does a 1080ti FTW card overclock better than a FE?

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In terms of general potential if i were to use a hybrid kit on a FE would it reach the same clocks as a FTW card or no because of the upgraded PCB on those cards?
Or do the upgraded pcb really make a difference?

I have a gigabyte 980ti right now and im pretty disappointed in it overall I wish I wouldve went with EVGA when I bought it but at the time the g1's were apprently the best 980tis out.
Anyway I'm getting really tired of my 980ti crashing while getting a poor overclock on it compared to others with the same card while trying to push my 3440x1440 and 1080p screens.
Should I wait for a FTW/Hybrid evga whenever I could get one of those after they eventually come out bc they sell so fast or maybe a msi seahawk or just a FE evga and then buy the hyrbid kit when they get back in stock.
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The upgraded PCBs on the FTW are suppose to make a difference as they can carry better current/volts due to the use of better components to increase overclocking. However each card is different and there are no guarantees but your odds of a OC increase is better.
 
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It's down to silicon lottery. One thing is for sure, the FTW will run cooler and quieter than the FE. When it comes to overclocking, you have to get lucky with the chip but overall, the better the cooling, the better the gpu will be able to keep the higher boost clock. I would honestly avoid FE cards, unless you're planning to put them under water. Some AIB will have stock PCBs or PCBs compatible with water blocks, but FE will be compatible with water blocks 100%.
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