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Which GPU Should I Choose for Overclocking?

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October 17, 2013 7:11:13 PM

Hey, I was wondering about my GPU that I'm getting, which cooler cools better and has more room for OC?

1. Gigabyte Windforce
2. HIS IceQ x2
3. MSI Twin Frozr
4. (Other. Please specify)
October 19, 2013 9:12:45 AM

It would be helpful if you could tell us what Graphics card you are planning on getting, rather than simply telling us the name of the cooler. In terms of the fact that you have listed a HIS cooler, I can only presume that you are getting an AMD card, so I shall try my best to round up each one:

1. Gigabyte Windforce: I hear good things about the Windforce models of the Gigabyte graphics cards, with decent power management and cooling capacity due to their innovative heatpipe configuration. Good OC, Good Temps.

2. HIS IceQ X2: I would personally stay away from HIS cards. Reviews point out mediocre OC performance and average cooling. Okay OC, Average Cooling.

3. MSI Twin FrozR: My personal favorite out of the listed cards. The Twin FrozR cooler is generally regarded as one of the better cooling solutions available from manufacturers. I don't know much about OC headroom, but my friend's MSI GTX660 is running a 15% core OC quite happily.

4. Other Coolers: I personally hold the ASUS DirectCU series in high regard, for two reasons: 1. It fits my system colour scheme (Black and Red), 2. It's a pretty good cooler (79C after 60 mins in FurMark on my 7970 with fans absolutely silent at 25%). OC performance on mine is good, with 1150 on the core not hard to achieve. Also, don't forget to consider a watercooling loop - a cheap but decent performing 360mm loop for CPU and GPU can set you back about £250 these days.

So, in conclusion, I hold the MSI Twin FrozR and Asus DirectCU coolers in the highest regard, but it would be great if you could tell us what model of GPU these coolers are for, so we can give you even more concise advice.

Best Regards
Luke
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October 19, 2013 10:31:21 AM

Flightsimluke said:
It would be helpful if you could tell us what Graphics card you are planning on getting, rather than simply telling us the name of the cooler. In terms of the fact that you have listed a HIS cooler, I can only presume that you are getting an AMD card, so I shall try my best to round up each one:

1. Gigabyte Windforce: I hear good things about the Windforce models of the Gigabyte graphics cards, with decent power management and cooling capacity due to their innovative heatpipe configuration. Good OC, Good Temps.

2. HIS IceQ X2: I would personally stay away from HIS cards. Reviews point out mediocre OC performance and average cooling. Okay OC, Average Cooling.

3. MSI Twin FrozR: My personal favorite out of the listed cards. The Twin FrozR cooler is generally regarded as one of the better cooling solutions available from manufacturers. I don't know much about OC headroom, but my friend's MSI GTX660 is running a 15% core OC quite happily.

4. Other Coolers: I personally hold the ASUS DirectCU series in high regard, for two reasons: 1. It fits my system colour scheme (Black and Red), 2. It's a pretty good cooler (79C after 60 mins in FurMark on my 7970 with fans absolutely silent at 25%). OC performance on mine is good, with 1150 on the core not hard to achieve. Also, don't forget to consider a watercooling loop - a cheap but decent performing 360mm loop for CPU and GPU can set you back about £250 these days.

So, in conclusion, I hold the MSI Twin FrozR and Asus DirectCU coolers in the highest regard, but it would be great if you could tell us what model of GPU these coolers are for, so we can give you even more concise advice.

Best Regards
Luke


Sorry bout that. I posted it at like 1:00AM and wasn't thinking. I'm choosing the R9 280X but I might get a 290X depending on price.
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October 19, 2013 10:56:50 AM

Shawn221 said:
Flightsimluke said:
It would be helpful if you could tell us what Graphics card you are planning on getting, rather than simply telling us the name of the cooler. In terms of the fact that you have listed a HIS cooler, I can only presume that you are getting an AMD card, so I shall try my best to round up each one:

1. Gigabyte Windforce: I hear good things about the Windforce models of the Gigabyte graphics cards, with decent power management and cooling capacity due to their innovative heatpipe configuration. Good OC, Good Temps.

2. HIS IceQ X2: I would personally stay away from HIS cards. Reviews point out mediocre OC performance and average cooling. Okay OC, Average Cooling.

3. MSI Twin FrozR: My personal favorite out of the listed cards. The Twin FrozR cooler is generally regarded as one of the better cooling solutions available from manufacturers. I don't know much about OC headroom, but my friend's MSI GTX660 is running a 15% core OC quite happily.

4. Other Coolers: I personally hold the ASUS DirectCU series in high regard, for two reasons: 1. It fits my system colour scheme (Black and Red), 2. It's a pretty good cooler (79C after 60 mins in FurMark on my 7970 with fans absolutely silent at 25%). OC performance on mine is good, with 1150 on the core not hard to achieve. Also, don't forget to consider a watercooling loop - a cheap but decent performing 360mm loop for CPU and GPU can set you back about £250 these days.

So, in conclusion, I hold the MSI Twin FrozR and Asus DirectCU coolers in the highest regard, but it would be great if you could tell us what model of GPU these coolers are for, so we can give you even more concise advice.

Best Regards
Luke


Sorry bout that. I posted it at like 1:00AM and wasn't thinking. I'm choosing the R9 280X but I might get a 290X depending on price.


No problem at all!

For the new R9 series, I hear that the Asus DirectCU cards are very good as well as the MSI Gaming Edition ones. If you wait for the 290X to come out you may see other AMD and NVidia cards dropping in price - hence why I got my 7970 for £210.

Regards
Luke
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