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why? non reference have better cooling and can oc like the reference cards
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Because vendors who manufacture water blocks do so for reference cards and only a very few very popular non-reference cards.
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Voltage control are not always there on non-reference.
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post #4 of 35
and some exaust out the back of the case not inside
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You know exactly what you are getting with reference cards.
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They are almost always the only cards on the market for the first few weeks/months of a new release.

They are easier to add custom coolers to, because many times they can use simple "bolt on" heatsinks designed for reference cards.

The cooling on them sometimes isn't as bad as you would think, and can be modified to act as a heatsink when cooling the core. With the 4870 for example, just pop out the copper "CPU core cooler" and bolt the metal VRAM/mosfet cooler back on.
    
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post #7 of 35
We don't all like them
My GFA GTX480 is much better that the reference version imo! Max temps 55C


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post #8 of 35
Agree with what everyone has already said.

I would like to add that they also look way nicer.

They also go for more once you resell them.
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Because vendors who manufacture water blocks do so for reference cards and only a very few very popular non-reference cards.
I was gonna sell my 5850 and someone said that reference are worth more , do you think that someone who buys a $150 used mainstream card is gonna put water block on it?
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Voltage control are not always there on non-reference.
There is voltage control on my 5850 non reference. But I can adjust only with Sapphire trixxx
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post #10 of 35
Its much safer to flash the vbios on reference cards
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