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EVGA 670 FTW vs Gigabyte Windforce 670 vs XFX R7970 BDD

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July 19, 2012 6:25:23 AM

What a choice I have to make.

My thoughts were definitely the EVGA FTW 670.
But since yesterday the 7970 has been lowered in price, and before that everyone said get yourself the EVGA. I don't really know what to do now.

The cards mentioned all have the same price in my area, except for the EVGA which is $10 cheaper than the other two. But what is $10 on $400?

Can you guys help me out which card to choose? Or wait with order? maybe another card? :) 

Thank you,
devazox
a c 99 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 6:41:31 AM

The Gigabyte Windforce 670 is probably the best all-around card you can get. Even Tom's Hardware reviewed seven different brands and the Gigabyte, got best all-around.

Quote:
All-Around Best GeForce GTX 670: Gigabyte N670OC-2GD

Gigabyte's card is quiet at idle and not too loud under load. Its cooling performance at idle, during normal desktop work, and during gaming is even better than Asus' card. It ties Zotac's effort for the lowest temperature at idle, but achieves its goal at a mere 20% fan duty cycle. When we configured it to cool our card down to 70°C, its sound level was still acceptable.

This is the slimmest card in our test, it weighs the least, and is even suitable for SLI configurations on motherboards with a just a single-slot gap between 16-lane interfaces. Unfortunately, that's pretty common. Although the N670OC-2GD doesn't include the highest overclock, it's currently selling online at the same $400 price point as completely stock reference cards. And that's with the Windforce 3X cooler. That combination cannot be beat.

Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes...

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July 19, 2012 6:58:20 AM

I'm also going to game on 1920x1080, the 670 beats the 7970 all the way on that resolution right?
a c 99 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 7:02:17 AM

@Claysm:Yes that is correct the newer drivers does increase performance for the 7970.

But, in terms of cooling the windforce is better than the reference cooler of the 7970. As far as clocks is concerned, the windforce and the xfx dd are both overclocked meaning both will be relatively the higher performance but, the xfx 7970 will perform a bit stronger.

@devazox: Both are strong cards on that resolution.
a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 7:04:28 AM

Yeah everything I read says that the reference 7970 cooler is overly loud, so go with an aftermarket solution if you get one.
a c 538 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 7:21:50 AM

Go with the GTX 670, get the PhysX, Adaptive VSync, FXAA, Ambient Occlusion, transparency supersampling, great driver support, better game compatibility... and never wonder if you're missing out on something.
a c 109 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 7:27:27 AM

670 FTW, GTX 680 PCB :) 
a c 107 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 8:10:05 AM

17seconds said:
Not much better than the 670 and almost $300 more.


the point in the review for is not the toxic 7970, but the doubled 7970 that was tested against reference 670(i think). Anyways offtopicwise, the toxic 7970 was designed to be a strong gpu that powers multiple screens at resolutions of 2560x1600((or heck if you are rich, 4096x2160). using the toxic at 1920x1080 would be a huge waste.
July 19, 2012 8:16:19 AM

so i should just go for the EVGA 670 FTW?
a c 107 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 8:18:08 AM

all 3 are solid cards, you couldnt do wrong with picking any of the 3
a c 538 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 8:19:39 AM

devazox said:
so i should just go for the EVGA 670 FTW?

Yes, but the Gigabyte Windforce is a viable option if cheaper.
July 19, 2012 8:22:32 AM

It's $10 more, but that small difference doesn't really matter to me. EVGA FTW it is!!
a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 8:23:42 AM

The fact that the Gigabyte Windforce 670 is selling for the same price as a stock 670 makes it one of the best buys on the market.
a c 109 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 8:29:25 AM

Me Gusta Warranty :3
July 19, 2012 10:28:51 AM

My last questions before i make my decision.

Which one is the best OC card?
Which one makes the least noise?
And warranty, everyone says EVGA but they both have 3 years?
a c 109 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 8:52:58 PM

customer service
July 20, 2012 1:02:46 PM

and how about the normal asus 670, and OC it myself?
which card is the best one to OC? EVGA FTW, Gigabyte or Asus normal?
July 20, 2012 2:34:11 PM

devazox said:
What a choice I have to make.

My thoughts were definitely the EVGA FTW 670.
But since yesterday the 7970 has been lowered in price, and before that everyone said get yourself the EVGA. I don't really know what to do now.

The cards mentioned all have the same price in my area, except for the EVGA which is $10 cheaper than the other two. But what is $10 on $400?

Can you guys help me out which card to choose? Or wait with order? maybe another card? :) 

Thank you,
devazox

I just bought 2 EVGA GTX 670 FTWs and I'm amazed at how good they are. All of your choices are excellent. Pick what you want. Your decision will be fine.
a c 185 U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 1:11:52 AM

devazox said:
and how about the normal asus 670, and OC it myself?
which card is the best one to OC? EVGA FTW, Gigabyte or Asus normal?
EVGA FTW because of customer service they all OC very well and pretty much the same
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