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June 16, 2011, 08:33:41 PM
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I feel weird admitting this, but I almost won't consider buying a card with a mid-mounted fan.  I like the monolithic looking boards with the fan at the very end, like this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103182&cm_re=6970-_-14-103-182-_-Product

My only exception is the 5830 that I just ordered, simply because it was a really good price.  Anybody else favor the reference form-factor cards for the aesthetics alone?

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June 17, 2011, 11:04:24 AM
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"There's one in every crowd!" Roll Eyes
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June 17, 2011, 03:13:41 PM
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I think the reference design looks better. Also the red stripe is far better looking than the silly stickers the oems stick on.  Smiley

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June 17, 2011, 03:37:41 PM
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yes, the mid mounted fan is ugly, I like the sapphire 6970

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June 17, 2011, 03:39:28 PM
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who cares about looks? I'm all about cooling!

It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

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June 17, 2011, 04:21:02 PM
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think so I order my kit based on price Smiley if is cheaper It looks better to me Smiley
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June 17, 2011, 05:41:17 PM
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mine's shinier and runs cold like the arctic.  quiet too.

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June 17, 2011, 07:21:29 PM
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I like reference design cards for the simple fact, it's easier to find aftermarket coolers/water blocks that fit them! The third party, non-ref coolers are...definitely suckin'!

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