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The thing is we never have the need to put a card at 100%...

I'm talking about real life needs, a fan speed of 40-50% is more than enough even with a heavy Overclock on the cards.. And at those fan speeds the non-reference card is a lot quieter.

Now, this is my last message about this discussion, I am not going to bother to waste my time discussing the obvious thing...
    
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soo which is it does it get louder and cool better or is it a "perfect revision" cools better and doesnt whine at all thats what your telling me...

LoL if you feel that real about it i might just RMA both of these and get the revision lock one...
    
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No, both cards are good, if the reference card was crap I would not use it...

All I'm trying to tell you is that it has been proved that the non-reference card is a lot quieter under normal ciscurstances (35-60% fan speed...) which is what we use while gaming and heavy stress, we never put a fan speed to 100% on a GPU because it is stupidly useless....

Maybe at 100% the non-reference card is louder and more annoying, I can't argue that because I haven't tried, but I can tell you at 40-60% the non-reference is quieter

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LoL if you feel that real about it i might just RMA both of these and get the revision lock one...
Well, both cards are great, if you don't mind the noise then I wouldn't change the card...

But I will be swapping my reference card as soon as I can so I can have both non-reference cards, since they're quieter and I like silent PC's.

Also, please use the EDIT button to edit your previous post next time, double-posting is against the rules of the Forum.
    
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lol on the phone with new egg right now and i will settle this for myself Im goign to return my reference for a revision. I will make my own thread about everything i found
    
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Ok, good luck

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lol on the phone with new egg right now and i will settle this for myself Im goign to return my reference for a revision. I will make my own thread about everything i found
Wow, you are the epitome of putting your money where your mouth is. That's dedication to finding the truth. Good luck. I'm very interested in your findings.
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well... there's something that it's making me really curious ...

This is the revision PCB from AMD ... ( the red one )



But, until now, i've failed to see any new revision with all the phases! Sapphire doesn't have it, XFX doesn't have it, Powercolor doesn't have it ...

So... what the hell is up with this new reference design ? Maybe this was one shot of an early stage and at the end they decided to remove 1 of the inductors because it wasn't need it and it would lower the price?

Really, can't understand :x
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well... there's something that it's making me really curious ...

This is the revision PCB from AMD ... ( the red one )

But, until now, i've failed to see any new revision with all the phases! Sapphire doesn't have it, XFX doesn't have it, Powercolor doesn't have it ...

So... what the hell is up with this new reference design ? Maybe this was one shot of an early stage and at the end they decided to remove 1 of the inductors because it wasn't need it and it would lower the price?

Really, can't understand :x
Have you done any waterblock testing yet? The anecdotal evidence suggests this new sapphire overclocks better and cooler. You obviously know your stuff so I'm interested in your take. I mainly bought this card because it was supposed to be as good as reference, but cooler and quieter. I don't think I can live with the fan, so I'll probably be getting an aftermarket cooler. I want to know if I'll be better served by returning it and getting an original reference before they disappear since I'll use an aftermarket cooler anyway.
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No testing yet with waterblocks still assembling the freaking water loop ... work has been a pain and doesn't leave me much free time :x meh ...
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Have you done any waterblock testing yet? The anecdotal evidence suggests this new sapphire overclocks better and cooler. You obviously know your stuff so I'm interested in your take. I mainly bought this card because it was supposed to be as good as reference, but cooler and quieter. I don't think I can live with the fan, so I'll probably be getting an aftermarket cooler. I want to know if I'll be better served by returning it and getting an original reference before they disappear since I'll use an aftermarket cooler anyway.
rofl so the revision fan is loud and sounds like a turbo (whistle whine) roflllll
    
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