Im trying to decide what 580 to buy knowing I may add a waterblock in the future? Is it typcially better to get a card with factory clock/settings? Or can I go with the EVGA black ops, Zotac AMP!, or MSI lightning when it is released? and add a waterblock to those
One thing to note, many waterblocks are built around REFERENCE model PCB, so it's a risk that you literally cannot buy a compatible waterblock with a custom PCB card.
I think all waterblocks are for ref. cards and most of the cards mention here are ref.cards
universal blocks won't provide cooling for memory witch comes with extra$ for heatsinks ,they are the most restrictive blocks, ugly
The thing about factory overclocked cards that they are "supposedly" guaranteed to run at that speed. When ya do it yaself, if it don't get there, you have no recourse.
With EVGA however, I can tell you emphatically they they do NOT honor their warranty in this regard. They keep sending my son RMA's, but none of the cards they've sent has been able to run at more than 10% of the spread between the reference clock and so called guaranteed factory overclock.