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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?
Why not?

I threw a waterblock on my 8800GT and overclocked and volt modded the crap out of it. When I moved to an ATI 4870, I kept the water block and swapped cards/cooling and that was it. Moving then to a volt modded 8800GTS 512 I did the same thing, and the same moving to a 9600GT. Moving then to a GTX 285 I had to drain the loop to install a different hold down plate, but I put it back the way it was and that was that.
    
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Non reference is like saying "hmm what parts can we save money on?"
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post #13 of 35
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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?
There is voltage control on my 5850 non reference. But I can adjust only with Sapphire trixxx
The HD5850 was not a mainsteam card.... it was a high-end card that with an original MSRP for $299.
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I'm generally am not a fan of reference cards. AMD reference cards are well and all but not NVIDIA. I mostly like them for looks. I'd personally prefer a good non-ref card as they are better and mostly cheaper.
    
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Most reference PCB's look ugly (green)
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HD 5850/70 non-reference cards were widely known as bad overclockers unless you got one of the good cards that would overvolt. Reference HD 5850/70's all had voltage control. This is basically why people pay more for HD 5850/70's with crappy coolers. Only got better when the card was unlocked from factory allowing it to use PowerPlay even when at 1000/1250 (ASUS and MSI cards IIRC).
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None reference is like saying "hmm what parts can we save money on?"
Or, "How can we make it better"
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HD 5850/70 non-reference cards were widely known as bad overclockers unless you got one of the good cards that would overvolt. Reference HD 5850/70's all had voltage control. This is basically why people pay more for HD 5850/70's with crappy coolers. Only got better when the card was unlocked from factory allowing it to use PowerPlay even when at 1000/1250 (ASUS and MSI cards IIRC).
Actually.. Only XFX's ones were bad. And they do support voltage tweaking if you use Sapphire Trixx (because Afterburner does not support those voltage controllers because MSI wouldn't add that in).
    
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We don't all like them
My GFA GTX480 is much better that the reference version imo! Max temps 55C

Max case temps 85C.

How is the noise of the Accelero Xtreme?
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Aftermarket cooling, voltage control, generally OC well and don't fantastically explode (unless it's a GTX 570).
 
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