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Hey guys,

I've been lurking for the past week and half on this forum. Decided its time to finally join in on the fun. I don't have any introductory post but I guess this will do for now.

Anyways, I'm kind of in a dilemma for buying video cards. I have the option of purchasing an used ASUS DirectCU 1GB TOP GTX460 for $160. There is also a local retailer which has a brand new DirectCU 1GB model (but not TOP) for $160 after MIR and taxes. I haven't really any reviews online for this particular model so I'm not sure if the internal design is same as TOP or not (such as VRM heatsinks and such).

Which one would you purchase in this scenario?
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post #2 of 19
Well since they're both the same price, get the TOP model. If there's no difference, you know you don't have to get the top model in their later cards.
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Well since they're both the same price, get the TOP model. If there's no difference, you know you don't have to get the top model in their later cards.
Thats like saying TOP Ramen is better than regular Ramen noodles. Which is clearly false.




Compare the specs. Maybe the TOP one has a mild O.C on it.. or a better cooler. Check to see if there physically similar, this really doesn't make much sense to me..
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post #4 of 19
Or might be some better OC potential? Some one corrects me if I'm wrong.
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Doubt they'd be a better O.C potential, unless the cooler is different.
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post #6 of 19
asus top models are just factory oced models. earlier there were some minor changes, but now i doubt that still are.
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The TOP over comes preOCed more, and claims to have a higher OC potential.
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post #8 of 19
the TOP comes with a factory overclock. not sure what other differences there may be. honestly i'd get the used one, it's cheaper in the short-run
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post #9 of 19
I'd take the new DirectCU over a used TOP, they both overclock the same. Unless you prefer the blue cooler shroud.

EDIT: Oh and yeah, they are the same. Only difference is the TOP has the blue shroud and slightly higher clocks. They both have VRM cooling and a 3 heatpipe cooler..
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What exactly does DirectCU mean?
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