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GTX 670 brand and model for new build

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April 10, 2013 8:39:09 AM

Hey all,

So I've decided on 1x GTX 670 for my new gaming build but am having an issue deciding on brand/model. The prices on the GTX 670 I'm looking at vary from $419 for the EVGA 670 FTW 2GB edition down to $360 for the MSI 670 2GB edition. The noticeable difference between the 2 is about 1000MHz in core and boost clock numbers. I guess the question is this, is the extra $40 or so I'd be paying for the $419 EVGA model worth it compared to the savings I'd have on the $374 or even $360 MSI model? Appreciate any insight.

EVGA $419
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA $374
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI $360
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 10, 2013 9:11:14 AM

Worth is something only YOU can determine.
If the $40 is not that important to you, then I suggest you buy the fastest one, or you will always be wondering.

Realistically, though, you will be hard pressed to tell the difference among them without a synthetic benchmark.
The higher prices come from the better binned chips which the factory has overclocked.
From your list, I would pick the EVGA or MSI unit based on the dual slot direct exhaust coolers.
They tend to keep the interior of your case cooler by getting the hot air directly out of the case quicker.
They each have rebates if that matters.

You might go and check the support forums of EVGA and msi to see how they handle issues in the unlikely event of problems.
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April 10, 2013 11:00:46 AM

Really appreciate it guys.

From what I've heard the customer support EVGA supplies is the best of the bunch but the value the MSI Twin Frzr card presents ($30 cheaper and decent stock OC).
April 10, 2013 1:30:33 PM

I recommend you rule out anything with the reference cooler, which most of the options you listed have.
Out of those mentioned, I recommend that MSI GTX 670 Power Edition for $390 or the Gigabyte Windforce.
If you want an EVGA card, then I recommend the Signature 2 FTW, but it costs a bit more, not worth it when the other two are cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 10, 2013 1:55:45 PM

17seconds said:
I recommend you rule out anything with the reference cooler, which most of the options you listed have.
Out of those mentioned, I recommend that MSI GTX 670 Power Edition for $390 or the Gigabyte Windforce.
If you want an EVGA card, then I recommend the Signature 2 FTW, but it costs a bit more, not worth it when the other two are cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hi Mato,

I went ahead and decided on the MSI GTX 670 (Twin Frzr) series so your response reinforces my decision.

April 10, 2013 2:34:53 PM

Rylenol said:
17seconds said:
I recommend you rule out anything with the reference cooler, which most of the options you listed have.
Out of those mentioned, I recommend that MSI GTX 670 Power Edition for $390 or the Gigabyte Windforce.
If you want an EVGA card, then I recommend the Signature 2 FTW, but it costs a bit more, not worth it when the other two are cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hi Mato,

I went ahead and decided on the MSI GTX 670 (Twin Frzr) series so your response reinforces my decision.


Good choice! Check out some reviews:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/msi-geforce-gtx-67...
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