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A haven't found much info out there on actual temp, noise, OC potential, differences

As an example

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814121413

compared to

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-909-_-Product


And for CF/SLi whats generally better
Edited by Mit Namso - 3/9/11 at 5:40pm
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I think you mean non reference gpu & reference gpu. Non reference gpus usually cool better .But they dump more heat into your case. Reference cards can be water cooled and all reference cards of the same gpu are the same where non reference gpu's aren't.
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In a tower the direct exhaust coolers are better IMO, especially with multiple cards.
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Really depends.

Rear Exhaust coolers usually keep case temps down, which is most important in low-airflow cases, but non-reference coolers usually keep the gpus a lot cooler, which lets them perform better and last longer.

For SLI/CF, it's not too much different, it really all depends, does your case have good airflow (or will you shortly be upgrading to a case with good airflow)? If yes, go for the better coolers, if no, go for the external exhaust.
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Actually IMO for SLI the best setup is an exhausting cooler on the bottom card, and an aftermarket cooler on the top card

Agree on the other points mentioned above.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by brettjv View Post
Actually IMO for SLI the best setup is an exhausting cooler on the bottom card, and an aftermarket cooler on the top card

Agree on the other points mentioned above.
As long as there's some space, I couldn't run my Zalman card in the top slot.
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Well my case has no side panels, I made cardboard ones, and with the front and rear 90mm fans I modded into the chasis, I just run it with the front fan and no panels

I think I'm going to get the altered sapphire 6870 next week since its on sale, and then in a while I will have to decide if I will get a reference sapphire card....

Because once I go water cooling, I could put one on water I if get the reference type.


So this 1 next week
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=035515

which newegg doesn't stock, and this place sells the ref-sapphire for 239


And a reference in 2 months probably from newegg, which has more sales anyways, then I will put it under water.
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That asus one will be quieter and have much better temps but it will exhaust all that heat inside your case.
    
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Blower fan:

Pros: more aesthetically pleasing?

Cons: Loud, bad at cooling, loud, and did i mention loud?

Axial (terminology?) fan:

Pros: Cools much better (usually), not loud

Cons: case temp slightly higher if you have a crappy case with crap airflow....


The 6870 stock cooler is especially loud. Loud to a point that i replaced it with a non-blower heatsink...
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