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Old April 16, 2012, 12:55 PM
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Hi guys,

so I plan to get a gtx 680 sometime soon, and the question arises, wait for this:
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or to just buy a 680, and then buy the aquacomputer block and backplate for the card (which imo looks damn nice).

The main issues are which one do you think will have better temps, and is it worth voiding the warranty on a card to have it just look a little bit cooler/perform better, rather than going the eVGA route, which will give me a warranty, and if it performs as well as the 580 hydro copper did, a very solid performing block.

thanks for your input
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Old April 16, 2012, 01:03 PM
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I have been reading a ton on WB reviews for 400 series and up nvidia, and this block is a performer once you replace the TIM, plus I think it is a very good looking block, and who doesn't like warranty?
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Old April 16, 2012, 01:28 PM
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I have been reading a ton on WB reviews for 400 series and up nvidia, and this block is a performer once you replace the TIM, plus I think it is a very good looking block, and who doesn't like warranty?
not 100% sure which block you are referring to, but I think your talking about the eVGA block because you mention the warranty. I have also done a lot of digging and it seems that the eVGA blocks are made by swiftech.
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Either way will be fine, but if you know you are going to watercool then I would say wait till you can get the EVGA or another brand that comes with the waterblock already installed. I am sure your current cards can hold you over until it becomes available.
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Old April 16, 2012, 03:40 PM
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yea, I actually just sold one of my cards to a member of these forums , selling the second one to a friend as soon as he can afford it. The only other bonus that I see with the aquacomputer block is that it allows the use of a proper, good looking SLI bridge, in parallel.

so yea still undecided but will figure it out eventually. Hopefully I can get more peoples ideas here
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Take performance out of the equation and decide on your other main criteria. The performance will be close enough. Furthermore, depending on multiple variables, blocks perform differently across various loops. The warranty is a good reason to go with the EVGA, especially considering the current GTX 680's are all first revision cards. There could always be faulty parts that start failing down the road in an inordinate amount of cards.
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Old April 20, 2012, 10:57 PM
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i do believe if you have a reference evga card, you can remove the stock heatsink and put on a block and they will still respect your warranty. please double check just to be 100% if you do decide to go that route. otherwise, the hydrocopper is a solid card. I have a gtx 580 hydrocopper 2 right now and i'll stick with it until atleast next generation.
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what the heck are MSI/Gigabyte/ASUS/etc waiting for... EVGA monopolizes this category.
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