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
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 .
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)
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
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.