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What factors into buying a GPU for Water Cooling?

Top Priority when choosing GPU for Water Cooling  

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  1. 1. Top Priority when choosing GPU for Water Cooling

    • Reference/Founders PCB
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    • Custom Card
      0
    • Price
      1
    • Base Clock
      0
    • Boost Clock
      0
    • Brand (Asus, EVGA, MSI)
      1
    • Binned GPU (FTW, Classifed)
      0
    • Best AirCooled now then WC later
      1


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello Water Cooling enthusiasts,

 

When you decide to water cool your GPU what goes into choosing which card and if you could explain why?

 

 

Reference PCB or Custom Board

Price (highest, lowest)

Base Clock

Boost Clock

Brand (Asus, EVGA, MSI)

Binned GPU (FTW, Classified, etc.)

Buy the best aircooled card then WC Later


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, jello77 said:

Compatibility is not on the list?

Compatibility? That is as broad term?  Do you mean Size/form factor?


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I think he means actual compatibility. 

I bought an MSI GTX 970. It wouldn't SLI with an EVGA SC GTX 970 for some stupid reason. Luckily I was able to trade with a friend.

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waterblock availability (compatibility), if a waterblock does not exist for the GPU PCB, then it really is not a candidate for watercooling. the universal blocks are incomplete (VRM/memory cooling) and usually do not SLI/CFx too well.

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Block ability. Normally reference is always the most common. Oc'ing has always been the same when it came to custom or not. The 10 series changed that quite a bit. 

I would either get evga or Asus but now that I have to use Asus software to oc it, I took my strix back. Won't be buying their cards again.  


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