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June 17, 2012 10:04:51 PM

Hi, I want to buy a new graphics card but I don't know which one to get. I have narrowed it down to two graphics cards, could someone tell me which one they would recommend? - I have heard that this graphics card has a crackle sound when it plays games but I don't know if this is true or not.

If someone can tell me which one I should buy I would appreciate it.


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a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 10:36:12 PM

Neither, save yourself some money and buy a 670.
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a c 187 U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 11:14:19 PM

I would get this MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $429.99 the reason why it preforms 5% less then a GTX 680 i think it's best bang for buck!Seriously,the GTX 680 is not worth $100 more dollars when it preforms only 5% better lol.
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a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 11:49:57 PM

I agree, I cannot recommend a GTX 680 when a 670 is $100 cheaper. Ofcourse, if money is no issue, personally I like the Phantom more. My friend got the 4GB version for AUS$800, that's just stupidity imo :) 
June 18, 2012 8:14:31 PM

I got rid of my 7870 as I did not know why it was lagging on skyrim when i modded it a lot, also it ran shogun 2 like ***. I really want a good card and i'm willing to pay for it, will the gtx 680 perform better?
a b U Graphics card
June 18, 2012 8:36:59 PM

Yes a 680 will perform much better but did you not notice the three posts recommending the 670 over the 680?

I would recommend the GTX 670 FTW

The 670 FTW uses the GTX 680 PCB and cooler and has GTX 680 performance right out of the box for over £100 less than a GTX 680 costs.

Check these benchmarks out
June 18, 2012 8:53:47 PM

I don't want a reference cooler though, I want one that is factory overclocked and has a better cooler
June 18, 2012 8:56:00 PM

I don't know how to overclock that is why i want it factory overclocked.
a b U Graphics card
June 18, 2012 8:58:31 PM

The 670 FTW is factory overclocked it has 680 performance out of the box, did you not check those benchmarks out?

The 670 FTW is really quiet and really cool. Even in SLi these babys are quiet.

However if you are adament on a non ref design I advise you to look at the ASUS GTX670 DIRECT CUII TOP
a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2012 9:59:07 AM

JNB said:

How about this? It has a much higher overclock

Core: 1098

Core: 1058

That means there is a 40Hz core clock difference and a 39Hz boost clock difference between the ASUS and the Zotac which you wouldn't even notice to be honest.

There is 0.9 FPS difference between the ASUS and the Zotac in BF3.


The Zotac AMP is an ok card. Its cheaper than the ASUS and runs slightly cooler, but the ASUS has a much quieter cooler and is only a dual slot card where as the Zotac is a triple slot card.

a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2012 10:13:26 AM

JNB said:

These two cards seem to be the highest clocked, what would the performance difference be between them both?

You don't seem to be listening to what we're saying to you... A 680 is not worth the extra £100 (especially as you're not overclocking).

The 680 is only 1 FPS faster than a 670 in Metro 2033

GTX 670 -
GTX 680 -

The 680 is only 0.4 FPS faster than a 670 in Skyrim

The 680 is only 3 FPS faster than a 670 in Crysis

GTX 670 -
GTX 680 -
a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2012 11:24:39 AM

I'm wiping my hands clean of this thread. You are clearly not listening to a single word I'm saying.

All the information you need is above ^^^

Good luck in making your decision...
June 19, 2012 12:32:01 PM

I am listening to what you are saying and you have proven that an overclocked GTX 670 is equally as capable as a reference GTX 680. I also know you have already said you recommend the Asus version of the card. There are multiple versions of the card with different coolers and overclock speeds that I haven't listed and I would like to take all of them into consideration. I'll list the ones that I've looked at and if you wouldn't mind I'd be extremely grateful if you would look at them and recommend me one.

a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2012 1:33:42 PM

If you would like a reference card then buy the EVGA 670 FTW.

However if you would like a non reference card I'd recommend the ASUS 670 DIRECT CUII TOP.
June 19, 2012 1:49:27 PM

Thanks for your help, I'm going to buy the ASUS. :) 
a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2012 4:47:10 PM

My pleasure :)  and congrats :)  you got a really nice card there!
June 19, 2012 5:36:47 PM

If I ever decided to SLI the graphics card, would my Corair TX560M power supply manage it?
June 19, 2012 5:37:17 PM

Corsair TX650M*
a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2012 6:23:03 PM

670 SLI should be no problem for a good quality 650W PSU (which the TX650 is)

What are the rest of your specs?
June 20, 2012 8:59:43 PM

i5 3450 processor
8gb corsair vengeance ram
corsair force 120gb ssd
seagate 500gb hdd
gtx 560 (temporary)
gigabyte z77 atx motherboard
lite on blu ray reader
crosair obsidian 550D
a b U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 8:55:49 PM

The TX650 should be fine.