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Which 580 - Standard or Twin Frozr

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I'm gonna get a 580 tonight and I'm wondering if I should get the stock EVGA or the MSI Twin Frozr.

MSA is only $5 more but I can't seem to see any reviews of how loud or cool it is compared to the reference.

What should I expect, same as on the other cards?
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EVGA, all the way
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EVGA, all the way
Really? Because of the step-up or...? Why...
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I would go with the MSI Twin Frozr - they put upgraded capacitors, better power phases, ect. on them vs. the reference design. The cooler is an excellent cooler and gets nothing but rave reviews on every other graphics card (470 a super hot mess of a beast, it does extremely well) - That being said, consider the airflow in your case, if you don't have good airflow, go with the stock heatsink design as it will exhaust heat out of your case vs. into your case with the twin frozr. To me though, for $5 the benefit of the custom heatsink is more than worth it.
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I have an 800D right now with 2 460's that exhaust internally too. But once I upgrade I will have the 580 and probably a 260 for physx (or a single slot 450 not sure yet).
post #6 of 16
EVGA if you plan on stepping up to a 590 later. If not MSI. Higher quality parts, much, MUCH better cooling solution, and hella better looking aesthetically.
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If you normally upgrade every 2 to 3 years, buy the Twin Frozr...if you plan to hold on to it more than 3 years, buy the EVGA.
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I would go with EVGA simply for the step up program. Will save you a really nice chunk of change if you wanna try out that 590. I have the EVGA superclocked 580 and temps are perfectly fine, although i have a pretty big case with great airflow, card has not given me any trouble at all, bought it around January, cool sailing so far.
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post #9 of 16
i would go with the refrence design, so if u ever want to add a waterblock or something u can do so without having to find an overpriced non refrence design.
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post #10 of 16
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i would go with the refrence design, so if u ever want to add a waterblock or something u can do so without having to find an overpriced non refrence design.
Ehh, I already pussed out on WC'ing my rig - I won't be going down that road anytime soon.

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If you normally upgrade every 2 to 3 years, buy the Twin Frozr...if you plan to hold on to it more than 3 years, buy the EVGA.
I'll definitely get the itch again. I'm thinking TFII
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