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post #11 of 19
It's just a fancy name because the copper heatpipes make direct contact with the die.. ugh not die.. but you know what I mean ;x
post #12 of 19
DirectCU means direct copper cooling. These are very cool running cards.

The TOP model is a factory overclock on it. So other than that there is no difference.
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As far as I know, asus does not bin their cards, even for factory oc'd cards. So just buy whichever is cheaper, there is no difference between them.
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post #14 of 19
The cards the same, the coolers the same, the TOP version is only factory OC'ed higher. DirectCU's have shown to OC as high as the TOP version so go with whatever color shroud you like best. Or just get the new one cuz its new but 3 year warranty either way.
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post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by GeforceGTS View Post
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..
Exactly as you say.

I own a GTX 460 1GB, and have already overclocked the GPU to TOP levels without a problem.

The top runs at 775Mhz and the normal one at the stock 675Mhz.

Buy the new one, at least you have the full warranty, besides you might not know what kind of overclock the previous owner might have been using with the used one. Better be safe.
 
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post #16 of 19
Get the top model, just for the sexy blue shroud!
post #17 of 19
I'd say go with the new one. I have the Direct CU clocked right now at 900MHz with no issues. Its new, and really you do not know hot tortured the other one was.
    
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Originally Posted by Behemoth777 View Post
As far as I know, asus does not bin their cards, even for factory oc'd cards. So just buy whichever is cheaper, there is no difference between them.
I googled binning but I'm still not sure if this is a positive or negative thing. Does that mean ASUS checks their product and if the product isn't up to the standard then they sell it at lower price? Or does it mean they actually get rid of it.

I would appreciate if someone could clarify that for me.
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post #19 of 19
Binning just means they grade the chips. If this chip should reach 900 it goes in box a, 800 box b, etc. If they were binned box a would be the top, box b the non-top.
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