How can I identify which cards are built on a Reference Board design?
I am considering buying an Arctic Cooling gpu card cooler compatible with radeon 7870’s that are “ reference board” design.
“The compatibility list is based on AMD Radeon and NVIDIA's reference board layout only. ARCTIC holds no responsibility for incompatibility on non reference boards.”
I am guessing the xfx core edition might be only because it’s their lowest priced “barebones” model.
Are others that are factory oc’d with even more loud fans on reference boards?
The XFX and Gigabyte use the reference PCB.
Easiest way to know is to just read a review for the particular brand card you're looking at. A competent reviewer (and one that reviewed the reference card when it first launced) will know when a card is reference vs. virtual.
Thank you Sir Jonny.
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