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Asus DirectCU II Top Or EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature 2

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April 14, 2013 7:38:07 PM

I cant decide the Asus is $515 and the EVGA is $490. I heard EVGA's support is amazing however the Asus seems faster.

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April 14, 2013 7:48:38 PM

Neither. The 680 is an absolute waste of money - it's only 5% faster than a GTX 670, but it costs 25% more. That means you're paying $100 for about 5 more fps. (And since both cards max games at 1080p and 60Hz, it's not even like those 5 fps make any difference at all.)

I'd get the EVGA 670 FTW. Make sure you get the normal FTW, not the FTW + or LE. The Asus will be slightly cooler, but the EVGA will be faster, is only a dual slot card, and its warranty is freaking amazing. (As in, you can overclock and burn out your card and just return it for RMA.)
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April 14, 2013 7:51:45 PM

The asus 670 is a dual slot card as well. The 680 asus card is a triple slot.
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April 14, 2013 7:53:22 PM

Airm3n said:
The asus 670 is a dual slot card as well. The 680 asus card is a triple slot.


My bad. I thought all DirectCU II coolers were triple slot. That being said, the evga has a far better warranty, a 680 PCB, and a very nice overclock.
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April 14, 2013 7:58:22 PM

Yea they used to be but it seems asus has been putting smaller directcu coolers on the smaller cards and still using the big triple slot coolers on the bigger ones. That being said I've only seen triple slot coolers on the 79xx series must be because they run so hot.
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April 14, 2013 8:08:06 PM

Airm3n said:
Yea they used to be but it seems asus has been putting smaller directcu coolers on the smaller cards and still using the big triple slot coolers on the bigger ones. That being said I've only seen triple slot coolers on the 79xx series must be because they run so hot.


That's actually pretty cool - I've noticed Asus is picking up on the trend that smaller = better. (Especially with their 12" 670. That thing is adorable.)

And yeah, AMD always has run hot, and likely always will.
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April 14, 2013 8:12:10 PM

Neeliyo said:
I cant decide the Asus is $515 and the EVGA is $490. I heard EVGA's support is amazing however the Asus seems faster.
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Either one is great. They are very comparable, but I would have to go with the Asus. The Asus will be a little quieter and faster out of the box, but is a triple slot design. Sometimes, you just have to go all out and I completely understand wanting to get the best card you can buy. Either of these will due the job just fine.

These two reviews go into the design and cooling/noise characteristics of each card. The review featuring the EVGA goes head to head with the Asus TOP.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/evga-...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/asus-...


"The EVGA cooler is also quieter than the reference GeForce GTX 680 but cannot beat the DirectCU II cooler from ASUS. The latter remains the quietest solution we’ve ever seen on mass-produced graphics cards, perhaps being only inferior to the Arctic Xtreme series."
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/evga-...
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April 14, 2013 8:42:16 PM

I'm not a fan of the triple slot card, unless you no for certain you'll never SLI. Two slot cards allow for much easier and cooler SLI setups.
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