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So, I am thinking do the custom cooled cards have a big advantage over stock ones? maybe some are problematic?

Anyway is there a big difference between, let's say Gainward GTX 580 ref card and:

1) ASUS ENGTX580 DCII
2) MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II
3) Gigabyte GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 WINDFORCE 3x Cooler

Maybe some of you had/have on of those? pros and cons?

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MSI's cooler is an amazing cooler.
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They cool better for air but as most are non reference designs you won't be able to go water.
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plus it might be harder to find an aftermarket cooler if you feel the non-reference cooler isn't adequate enough.
    
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Well I am not planning to use water cooling, I am also not planning to go SLI, at least for a fair while (in case size matter much).

The thing is that the price difference of these monsters is not big at all compared to simple ref. cards. So i was thinking HEY! I will be able to keep it cooler and possibly OC more when needed without investing into after market cooling solution!
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MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II


i bet that cools the best out of all of them. Twin Frozr II is a proven method of cooling a card extremely well.
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post #7 of 8
if you plan on keeping the coolers that come on them they are ussaly better but non refrence cards are really expensive or impossible to put your own coolers or waterblocks on.
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There's nothing wrong with the reference card and stock cooler...remember, it will be much more difficult to find water blocks for non-reference cards, or better aftermarket coolers for that matter.

That said, the Twin Frozr II is an amazing cooling solution if you're 100% sure you will not go water.
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