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Multiple GTX 670 Options

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August 8, 2012 8:44:29 PM

Greetings everyone, its that time to upgrade my video card, currently running 2 GTX 460s and i am looking at getting a single gtx 670( possibly get another one in the future). ive been doing research for the past few hours on various distributors (asus,galaxy, zotac, evga ) if it helps here is what it will be running

1 24inch 1920x1200 monitor (center
21.5 inch 1680x1050 (left)
19inch widescreen 1440x900 (right)

i want gaming only on the center screen.

computer rig is :

Intel i7 975 at 4.4Ghz
gigabyte X58 UD5
antec quaddro 1200 watt PSU
g.skill 6gb in triple channel (overclocked to 2000mhz i believe, could be less)
intel x25 SSD for windows
crucial m4 128gb for games
2 1TB seagates for storage.


the following video cards i have narrowed down, i also cant decide whether 4GB of memory is better then 2GB .


Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 GC 1006MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 Dual Fan SLI $439.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71304&vpn=67NPH6DV6KXZ&ma...

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 980MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 $439.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71705&vpn=GTX670-DC2-2GD5...

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 1006MHZ 2GB 6.2GHZ GDDR5 $409.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71941&vpn=02G-P4-2678-KR&...

Zotac GeForce GTX 670 AMP 1.1GHZ 2GB 6.6GHZ GDDR5 $449.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=72771&vpn=ZT-60302-10P&ma...

4GB cards ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked 967MHZ 4GB 6GHZ GDDR5 $469.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71248&vpn=04G-P4-2673-KR&...


Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 GC 1006MHZ 6GHZ GDDR5 $ 511.00
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=74305&vpn=67NQH6DN6KXZ&ma...


priority is as follows
1. fan noise must be low
2. peformance ( dont plan on getting 3 of the same monitors anytime soon, so games will only run on the 24inch 1920x1200 monitor)
3. good warranty!
3. whatever is the cheapest that will get me the above 3 :) 

my budget is roughly 440-470$ listing price. (excluding taxes, i live in canada)

thoughts, opinions on what card is good?


August 8, 2012 9:07:42 PM

Asus for being quiet, decent performance and has alright warranty.
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August 8, 2012 9:42:35 PM

Asus
Asus 670 TOP - 10.0 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

Gigabyte Windforce SC 670 - 9.8 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX...

MSI Twin Frozr IV 670 - 9.7 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...

Palit Jetsteram 670 - 97 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Palit/GeForce_GTX_67...

Zotac AMP 670 - 9.6 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_67...


http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-670-sc-r...
EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-dire...
Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage
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August 8, 2012 9:42:56 PM

Well, If you'll only be gaming at 1920X1200, then the 4GB is simply not needed. I suggest taking a look at this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes...
This round-up should depict the characteristics of each card and based on it I recommend the Zotac AMP card. Yes, it was the laudest at both torture and gaming tests, but then aigain, it's maximum temperature was also the lowest between all cards. This means, that a custom fan profile via Afterburner can be created and by sacrificing some degrees on cooling, make the card quieter. If it was my money, I'd get the AMP.
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August 8, 2012 10:14:26 PM

Asus 670 TOP or MSI Twin Frozr IV 670 or nothing at all lol i am picky and those would be the only two i spend that kind of money on
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August 8, 2012 11:41:47 PM

whitewolf14 said:
the asus i have is not the TOP version.
Then as a last pick i would go with EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked 4GB ;)  whatever you decide don't get Gigabyte or Galaxy there GPU are not the greatest
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