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post #11 of 23
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Stance... true true ... but as i said, i wanted the upgraded VRM circuits ... that's one of the strong points why i'm buying these cards ...

I will have a 280mm rad for this card when a waterblock is available though... but that can take some time
post #12 of 23
To me, the ASUS DirectCu 580 is the best of all the non reference cooling solutions so far, on top of having the best warranty (3 years, little to no questions asked), so I would just bang the gong on that and put the debate to rest
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post #13 of 23
The Phantom looks nicer imo.

The Asus one doesn't even overclock that well even though it's beefed up with more phases, better pcb components, and two 8 pin connections.

here's a comparison between the two:

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...roduction.html
    
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post #14 of 23
Why are you deciding on these two cards? Your current monitor resolution 1920x1080 doesnt not need more than 1.5gigs of ram. Unless your planning on getting multi-monitors or going 3D etc dont waste the money. If you insist on getting either I say go for the ASUS its way more modified and overclocks more. This site reviewed both and chose the ASUS as well.
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...roduction.html
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Stance... true true ... but as i said, i wanted the upgraded VRM circuits ... that's one of the strong points why i'm buying these cards ...
I'm not a big fan of custom PCB/designs, atleast not when shooting for high clocks. Once had several different 5850 DirectCU's (even 2 TOP's among them) with all of them crapping out around the 950Mhz mark, only to reach my desired 1Ghz with ease on a reference Asus 5850 afterwards.

Unless a model has proven itself to guarentee better potential than reference, normal + aftermarket is the way to go in my book.
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post #16 of 23
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Stance, i know what you are saying but... i guess than all gtx580 are just a matter of luck ... i've seen EVGA's Hydro Copper 2 hitting 1Ghz and other just 890 ... the same happens to all other brands...

So... meh! ehehe but the price on Direct CU II cards is the same that the reference cards... i mean, i can get those at 520Euros ( you're european so you know the prices )
The reference are like ... 500 or so ... some at 460 ... but from brands that i don't really trust about warranties...
post #17 of 23
Wait for Crysis 2 before u decide to forget the 590.
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post #18 of 23
I vote for the asus, im looking at one myself! Ive read it consumes less power then reference model even!
    
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ASUS. I myself am getting the HD 6970 version.
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post #20 of 23
To me, the Phantom is a more elegant offering. However, it seems you might be having a happy trigger finger - I suggest you just wait for the 590, because when it comes out I'm sure you will be wanting it!
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