GTX 670 brand and model for new build

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=N82E16814130787

Gigabyte $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

EVGA $374
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782

MSI $360
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675
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  1. I have always been a fan of MSI, but instead of the one you linked, I would say go with the Twin Frozr version instead. It comes pre-overclocked and you can easily overclock it much more for an extra $20.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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=N82E16814130843
  5. 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=N82E16814130843


    Hi Mato,

    I went ahead and decided on the MSI GTX 670 (Twin Frzr) series so your response reinforces my decision.
  6. 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=N82E16814130843


    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_Edition/
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/56546-msi-gtx-670-power-edition-oc-review.html
    http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/msi-geforce-gtx-670-power-edition-oc-review,1.html
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