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EVGA gtx 670 ftw signature 2 vs. MSI gtx 670 Power Edition

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May 29, 2013 9:21:09 PM

I'm very torn between these two cards right now. I am a big fan of MSI cards especially with their twin frozr cooling.

Right now the msi card is $390 and the EVGA is $420;

is the EVGA card worth the extra 30 bucks?

MSI Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


EVGA Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 29, 2013 9:34:40 PM

I'd go with the MSI version as I've heard good things about their coolers. If acoustics are a big point in picking a graphics card you may want to consider the ASUS version of the 670 as it's been proven to run quieter and cooler than other cards. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The clock speeds aren't the same as the other two but with the cooling solution on that card you can easily overclock and make up the difference.

If you are set on picking between the EVGA and MSI cards they are nearly identical in every respect except that the MSI card is slightly smaller so if space is an issue in your case be sure to consider that. Also the EVGA card has an extra year of warranty for the labor.

Hope this helps you decide, Cheers.
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May 29, 2013 9:34:41 PM

The MSI one has better thermal and overclocking potential. You just have to deal with a more sloppy supporting service.
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May 29, 2013 9:39:29 PM

Conrad440 said:
I'd go with the MSI version as I've heard good things about their coolers. If acoustics are a big point in picking a graphics card you may want to consider the ASUS version of the 670 as it's been proven to run quieter and cooler than other cards. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The clock speeds aren't the same as the other two but with the cooling solution on that card you can easily overclock and make up the difference.

If you are set on picking between the EVGA and MSI cards they are nearly identical in every respect except that the MSI card is slightly smaller so if space is an issue in your case be sure to consider that. Also the EVGA card has an extra year of warranty for the labor.

Hope this helps you decide, Cheers.


tremendously helpful :)  thank you
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May 29, 2013 9:40:11 PM

Madn3ss795 said:
The MSI one has better thermal and overclocking potential. You just have to deal with a more sloppy supporting service.


hmmmm how bad is it?

do you have any personal negative experience with their service?

i know that EVGA customer service is regarded as the best
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May 29, 2013 9:53:40 PM

atarisafari said:
Madn3ss795 said:
The MSI one has better thermal and overclocking potential. You just have to deal with a more sloppy supporting service.


hmmmm how bad is it?

do you have any personal negative experience with their service?

i know that EVGA customer service is regarded as the best


That's the only point. EVGA has best service, making other manufacturers lags behind a bit. Personally I'd take MSI PE one, because if there's any critical problem with your card that needs extra help from the manufacturer, if should happen in the first few week, within the time when newegg has to do the rest for you ( so you won't have to deal with customer service by self ).
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May 29, 2013 9:58:49 PM

Madn3ss795 said:
atarisafari said:
Madn3ss795 said:
The MSI one has better thermal and overclocking potential. You just have to deal with a more sloppy supporting service.


hmmmm how bad is it?

do you have any personal negative experience with their service?

i know that EVGA customer service is regarded as the best


That's the only point. EVGA has best service, making other manufacturers lags behind a bit. Personally I'd take MSI PE one, because if there's any critical problem with your card that needs extra help from the manufacturer, if should happen in the first few week, within the time when newegg has to do the rest for you ( so you won't have to deal with customer service by self ).


i'm reading that the MSI one gets pretty loud under load but then there are also reports of coil whine with the evga.........

picking a graphics card is harder than picking paint colors there is always going to be something better with one product than another accompanied by something that is worse than on another product.....

my head hurts

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May 30, 2013 8:46:22 AM

atarisafari said:
i've decided to consider the asus version but should i be looking at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The first one is the top version which comes factory overclocked, the second is the non overclocked one. I'd go with the cheaper one you can overclock it pretty high, I got mine to 1125/6250. I didn't have to do any trial and error to find the overclock so I'm sure it can go higher.
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May 30, 2013 9:24:59 AM

I'd go with EVGA due to their reputation. http://amzn.to/14IPH7J The performance difference wouldn't be that drastic either way you went.
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May 31, 2013 6:41:42 PM

This review here should help you quite a bit http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes...

Picking a graphics card can be a tough decision, but please don't get caught up in what one has the highest clock rates or best fps.

Thermal output, power draw, and noise are very important factors as well. The less power and heat the card makes the quieter it will be overall and the better it will overclock.

EVGA has solid warranty's on their products, and speaking from personal experience I've had good luck with ASUS and MSI when it came to hardware performance and replacement. EVGA needs to step up their game when it comes to cooling solutions in my opinion. Blower fans are nice when it comes to lower temperatures and heat exhaust, but once you start to stress the card the fan gets annoyingly loud.

If you have a decent case it will easily handle heat exhaust from the other cards blowing the air into the case and out of the back. EVGA cards attempt to push all of the heat out in 1 direction so the air has to travel the length of the card before it can escape but it puts less of it into the case itself. Ambient air around the card heats up as a result and the system begins to break down, the entire point of the blower is to prevent hot air from escaping into the case but the blower isn't efficient enough to do the job without being stupidly loud as a result.
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May 31, 2013 9:07:13 PM

Conrad440 said:
This review here should help you quite a bit http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes...

Picking a graphics card can be a tough decision, but please don't get caught up in what one has the highest clock rates or best fps.

Thermal output, power draw, and noise are very important factors as well. The less power and heat the card makes the quieter it will be overall and the better it will overclock.

EVGA has solid warranty's on their products, and speaking from personal experience I've had good luck with ASUS and MSI when it came to hardware performance and replacement. EVGA needs to step up their game when it comes to cooling solutions in my opinion. Blower fans are nice when it comes to lower temperatures and heat exhaust, but once you start to stress the card the fan gets annoyingly loud.

If you have a decent case it will easily handle heat exhaust from the other cards blowing the air into the case and out of the back. EVGA cards attempt to push all of the heat out in 1 direction so the air has to travel the length of the card before it can escape but it puts less of it into the case itself. Ambient air around the card heats up as a result and the system begins to break down, the entire point of the blower is to prevent hot air from escaping into the case but the blower isn't efficient enough to do the job without being stupidly loud as a result.


i've decided to wait for the 760 ti to be released before i make any final decisions but this was very honest and well put which is why i chose yours as the solution

it seems like the gigabyte version is an all-around solid choice
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