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I just wanted to know wether or not i have picked up the right card to go with my mcw60 waterblock. I no that a mod might be required, but my question is, is the asus directCU gtx 460 the best performer of the 460s to put under water? In terms overclocking and perfomance, is there a different 460 card that'll perform better than the asus under water? Like hawk or cyclone? Btw im sticking to the 460s because of my budget and my new 2500k build. I will most likely be purchasing two to do sli.

Thanks.

Heres the link to xtremesystems with a 470 and mcw60/g80. http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=251718
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Only way to find out is to buy 10 different ones then return 9.
Oh nice, thanks for your input. Just asking the people at ocn about there experience with 460s under water and then it'll help me pick one.
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I think, iirc, the only 460s compatible with mcw60 are gainward/palit non-reference cards. they use the same mounting holes of g80.
But if it does fit on a 460 u better getting some better 460. Now the asus is a great card, ppl hit 900+ on that baby, same story as the cyclone. But if u want to have a better POSSIBILITY of reaching higher clocks... Well you might want to get a hawk or gigabyte SOC models.
On air with my card i can hit 940. I have modified msi AB so i can up the volts more i can hit 970+ (didnt try).
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I haven't used water cooling so I can't speak on the compatibility issue, but honestly the Twin Frozr and Cyclone coolers on the MSI cards keep 460s pretty cool.

If you're looking at those you most likely won't need to water cool them in the first place and void your warranty.
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I think, iirc, the only 460s compatible with mcw60 are gainward/palit non-reference cards. they use the same mounting holes of g80.
But if it does fit on a 460 u better getting some better 460. Now the asus is a great card, ppl hit 900+ on that baby, same story as the cyclone. But if u want to have a better POSSIBILITY of reaching higher clocks... Well you might want to get a hawk or gigabyte SOC models.
On air with my card i can hit 940. I have modified msi AB so i can up the volts more i can hit 970+ (didnt try).
Damn... I thought my mcw60 with g80 kit addon would work on any gtx 460. I have heard of people modding the g80 kit addon to make it compatible with some reference cards, however i cant find any links to actually verify it. If the non reference cards work with the block, wouldnt be a better idea to pick either the gainward or palit card and overclock the hell out of it? I have the block so wish to use it if possible any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: by the way will the gt200 plate work? If not will it be easier to mod than the g80?
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can anyone tell me what the mounting holes on the asus card is like (seen somewhere that its 61mm x 55mm)? i will be modding the g80 kit accordingly.
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Im just going to get either the gainward GTX 460 Golden Sample.


or the Palit GTX 460 Sonic



with both I can use the mcw60 that I have lying about. which one should I go for?
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get whichever is the cheapest, all gtx 460 is the same minus the msi hawk and hawk talon.

no one can vouch for which one will OC the best, it all varies from card to card. just make sure you find a way to cool those vrm. but I'd get gtx 460 hawk series
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