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Which card cooler would be better for a micro-atx case?

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March 12, 2014 6:13:11 PM

I am currently working on updating my system and plan to go micro-atx this time for portability. For my case I have chosen the Bitfenix Colossus (micro-atx) but for the cards I can't decide between the EVGA 770 SC or the Gigabyte 770 (GV-N770OC-2GD). I realize the cooler on the Gigabyte would generally be considered better, but since this is such a small case would the blower style cooler on the EVGA card work better? (I believe I read EVGA put the tittan cooler on it) Would the hot are in the case from the Gigabyte card be that bad?

Thanks for your help!

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March 12, 2014 6:47:23 PM

for micro atx. if you can get an intake to blow directly at the gpu, then blower is the way to go. if you have lots of options for exhaust, most people will still recommend the non reference gigabyte (the titan cooler is just considered the reference cooler for the 770 and up).

your cpu temps will suffer, but it's really up to you. do you want a cooler running gpu? then go with the gigabyte
do you want a cooler running cpu? then go with the reference cooled one

the gigabyte one will be faster however.

personally i would go with the blower cooler over the open air cooler in a micro atx case as long as you can get an intake blowing towards the gpu
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March 12, 2014 6:47:54 PM

basically use common sense and do not suffocate the gpu.
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March 13, 2014 5:24:24 AM

Brantyn Gerik said:
for micro atx. if you can get an intake to blow directly at the gpu, then blower is the way to go. if you have lots of options for exhaust, most people will still recommend the non reference gigabyte (the titan cooler is just considered the reference cooler for the 770 and up).

your cpu temps will suffer, but it's really up to you. do you want a cooler running gpu? then go with the gigabyte
do you want a cooler running cpu? then go with the reference cooled one

the gigabyte one will be faster however.

personally i would go with the blower cooler over the open air cooler in a micro atx case as long as you can get an intake blowing towards the gpu


Brantyn Gerik said:
basically use common sense and do not suffocate the gpu.


Thanks for the quick replies!
Would the performance between the two be that different or would it be relatively insignificant?
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March 13, 2014 8:58:45 AM

relatively insignificant due to the enclosed space. in a more open space, the gigabyte one would perform roughly 5% faster before overclocking
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