I have seen people claim that the DirectCU II is less effective in a FT02. Others claim it makes virtually no difference...
Sitting on a FT02 myself it would be damn interesting with more tests regarding this subject.
I'm not sure MSI twinfrozr is actually more noisy than DirectCU, the fan just seem to run at higher speed (and lower temp) as standard, but that can (and should tbh) always be adjusted manually.
Thx for the reply!
By reading reviews, and looking at overall characteristics I ruled out the DirectCU II TOP (not the Matrix Platinum), it has slower factory clocks, apparently also has issues overclocking (due to voltage regulation i believe) and with the heatpipe orientation thing on the FT02 (is just a much more risky option) all of that while sitting on a higher price, just makes me discard it. The Vapor-X comes with higher clocks, higher overclock potential, and a cooler more suitable to be silent and cold inside a FT02, it just sounds a much safer (an lower) investment.
That leaves me with the Vapor-X and the Matrix Platinum, the last which has better performance, and in theory a superior (and more suitable for FT02) iteration if the directCu 2 cooler. I'm just trying to level out the price-performance equation a see if its worth the risk of getting a possibly inefficient cooler for a FT02 which i need to be extremely silent under idle, considering that i live in Portugal where it gets really hot during summer.
About the MSI, before choosing a 7970 i was reading alot of reviews trying to choose between gtx680 and 7970, i must have read one to many, because ended believing there was a MSI HD7970 twinfrozr and a MSI HD7970 lightning, apparently only the lightning exists (xpto, overclocked and with the twinfrozr cooler). But i had already ruled that one out due to no Dual Link DVI support which would leave me underclocked 120hz monitor.