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The Best 980

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Hey, as the title states I want to know the best 980 in terms of performance and/or features, I don't want brand fan boys starting a war on this thread, I just purely want the best 980, 

 

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there is no best 980

 

\its all personal preference really

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Just get a 980 and overclock the pants off it and you'll be good to go.

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Ok

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I, myself much prefer reference cooler's, but 980 after market cooler's look sick ;)

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For looks I would say the msi tf5 one, but all in all, they are all good. 

 

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reference IMO

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I'm going to inject some fanboying here - but not in the sense that it's the end-all-be-all.

I believe that EVGA cards are superior, simply because of their customer-oriented business model, and second-to-none customer support.

All 980's are going to perform fairly similarly, if not overclocked, so as such, no one is superior to any other, at least not until we see non reference coolers and PCB's.

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Like mentioned above, all 980s are basically the same. You might be able to overclock one brand slightly more than another, but not really a difference. The type of cooler on them is the only real difference. If you have a windowed case, go for the one that looks best with your build, but also consider noise, some coolers are noisier than other.

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