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Can someone explain why people recommend this GTX660 GPU over another one?

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July 2, 2013 9:51:22 AM

Hello, thanks for reading my topic. I'm noticing this version of the 660 receives a lot of praise - it is the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr III/OC, as found here: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n660tf2g...

It is £160, and provides a Core Clock 1.03Ghz.

Now, the part I have found is this: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660. In depth stats may be found here: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn...

It is £150, £10 less, and seems to match the highly praised MSI card in every way as it also provides a clock speed of 1.03GHz on the same card, the GTX660. So... am I missing something here?
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July 2, 2013 9:57:51 AM

The MSI is usually aggressively priced, has a great cooler and typically uses a non-reference PCB/VRM for better overclocking. Gigabyte (Windforce) and Asus (DCII) do the same. EVGA on the other hand has skimped a bit compared to the others in this respect with the SC series.
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July 2, 2013 9:59:47 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
The MSI is usually aggressively priced, has a great cooler and typically uses a non-reference PCB/VRM for better overclocking. Gigabyte (Windforce) and Asus (DCII) do the same. EVGA on the other hand has skimped a bit compared to the others in this respect with the SC series.


So ultimately, there is particularly outstanding feature on the MSI edition that is worth me paying another £10 for?
I will give it points for having an awesome name :D  Twin Frozr :D 
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July 2, 2013 10:09:51 AM

Yes the cooling, hence you can OC it more.
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July 2, 2013 10:10:41 AM

In this case, there is no real reason to pay more for the MSI Twin Frozr. The Gigabyte card has nearly identical features: custom Windforce cooler (vs. Twin Frozr III), Ultra-Durable components (vs. Military Class components), and an identical factory overclock. The Gigabyte Windforce cards in this generation have been great values, often selling for the same price as reference models.

The other issue that we see on these forums a lot is the impact of marketing and collective reasoning. It's often just standard procedure to recommend Asus, MSI, EVGA and/or Gigabyte over similar offerings from Galaxy, Zotac, Palit, or Sparkle. Sometimes, there's a good reason to recommend the old standbys, but often a real review of the card's specs and features will reveal that the standard responses aren't always the better options.
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