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ASUS GTX 6XX DirectCU II TOP, Differences between 660,670,and 680

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August 17, 2012 4:22:23 PM

ASUS GTX 660Ti DirectCU II TOP =~ 299.00

ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP =~ 419.00

ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP =~ 529.00

Does the 100$ or so difference between the cards translate into a comparable benchmark difference between them?

Thanks for any info.
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August 17, 2012 4:26:18 PM

I haven't heard of a 670Ti, 680Ti :/ 

The 670 in general is better than the 660ti. Not comparing the 690 card, the 680 is top of the line out of those 3. It is about 20% or more better than the 670. Andantech has benches on all versions, but not asus specific.
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August 17, 2012 4:27:45 PM

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August 17, 2012 4:33:50 PM

TeraHurtz said:
ASUS GTX 660Ti DirectCU II TOP =~ 299.00

ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP =~ 419.00

ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP =~ 529.00

Does the 100$ or so difference between the cards translate into a comparable benchmark difference between them?

Thanks for any info.


680-670 performance drop:5-8%
670-660ti performance drop: 10+%

if you are a enthusiast, the 670 is the way to go. the 670 can easily achieve 680 performance.

i wouldnt get the 670 from asus though. id check out the msi twin frozr 4 power edition instead


if you have less cash to spend, the 660ti is also a good choice. 660ti takes a bit more effort to reach 670 speeds compared to a 670 reaching 680 speeds.

if it is a 660ti you are looking for, i recommend the galaxy gc gtx660ti. coolest one from what i heard.



a 670 is overkill for 1080p gaming
a 660ti is just a little bit over in performance for 1080p gaming
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August 17, 2012 4:34:06 PM

I see. Well an overclocked 670 will reach speeds close to 680. Up to you if you want to pay 539 though. The Asus 670 TOP model was stopped currently due to defect issues. They have been out of stock everywhere.
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August 17, 2012 4:38:28 PM

TheBigTroll said:

a 670 is overkill for 1080p gaming
a 660ti is just a little bit over in performance for 1080p gaming

I have a 1080p monitor, you think it's overkill?
I'm making my future build future-proof, since It will be my first 1 and I intend to build it an dont touch it for another 3-4 yrs, so it shouldn't be too much of an overkill in 2-3 yrs right?
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August 17, 2012 4:41:22 PM

Are two 660ti in SLI a lot better than the 680? Price is not really an issue, but I don't want to get "crazy". For instance, what the hell is the point of having 2 GTX 690's in sli? I'm trying to go for just under overkill here. Also, I only have 1 screen running in 1920x1080

TheBigTroll mentioned that the 670 is overkill... but I heard that Crysis 3 will push the hardware out today...

Any thoughts?
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August 17, 2012 4:44:11 PM

just get one 670. of course 2 660tis are a lot better than the 680 but it isnt needed as of now

future-proofing is impossible. so just get a 670 now like the msi model i suggested and you should be happy for 2-3 years
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August 17, 2012 4:44:47 PM

Its possible yes that two 660ti's will likely beat the 680 single card. But two 680's wont be beat.

I don't think it is overkill for 1080p. What is your refresh rate? Are you using HDMI? Later on if you want a different monitor, say bigger, the 670 will hold that fine. The 660ti kinda suffers at higher resolutions if you look at the benchmarks.

Not unplayable suffer, but 670 is better for the future say 2 years and if you want or need a new monitor.
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August 17, 2012 4:48:03 PM

selayan said:
Its possible yes that two 660ti's will likely beat the 680 single card. But two 680's wont be beat.

I don't think it is overkill for 1080p. What is your refresh rate? Are you using HDMI? Later on if you want a different monitor, say bigger, the 670 will hold that fine. The 660ti kinda suffers at higher resolutions if you look at the benchmarks.

Not unplayable suffer, but 670 is better for the future say 2 years and if you want or need a new monitor.



I have a 120Hz
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August 17, 2012 4:50:02 PM

Alright, well it sounds like there are not any games that are really pushing the graphics cards, so I think I'll go with the 670 (probably msi model) and put the extra money into a pcie ssd.
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August 17, 2012 4:50:17 PM

if you want to use the 120hz monitor to the full potential, get 2 670s. one 670 gets around 60fps with everything at max
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August 17, 2012 4:51:06 PM

TheBigTroll said:
just get one 670. of course 2 660tis are a lot better than the 680 but it isnt needed as of now

future-proofing is impossible. so just get a 670 now like the msi model i suggested and you should be happy for 2-3 years


Future proofing to me is exactly what you said, getting a card that does it well for 2-3 yrs.
Since people upgrade their rigs so much over the course of 1-2 yrs, it's hard for ppl like us that just want a rig that delivers well without upgrades for yrs. For example, everyone keeps telling me to get the i53750k over an i72600k becomes gaming-wise it's a waste, but if you're like me and you're too lazy to open your case every couple months I think buying higher end stuff is better.
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August 17, 2012 4:52:02 PM

pci-e SSDs are a waste to you if you are not doing anything that doesnt require instant loading such as games. pci-e ssds are more for the professional who needs to load things on the fly. a standard sata 6gb/ps SSD is more than enough
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August 17, 2012 5:04:34 PM

Just get a regular SSD. I have a 128Gb Crucial M4 I use for apps and the OS. Future proofing is pretty crazy..why because in months time the price has decreased, new stuff has come out, and so forth.

I bought by MSI 560Ti 9 months ago for $244.. now its around ~220 or less. If you look on Ebay and other sites buying them used they go for 95-$130. I sold mine for $140 because waiting any longer would make it worse.

My bet is in 1 year or a year and a half, you will want to upgrade again but by then another 670 would be useful.
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August 18, 2012 1:28:48 AM

selayan said:
Just get a regular SSD. I have a 128Gb Crucial M4 I use for apps and the OS. Future proofing is pretty crazy..why because in months time the price has decreased, new stuff has come out, and so forth.

I bought by MSI 560Ti 9 months ago for $244.. now its around ~220 or less. If you look on Ebay and other sites buying them used they go for 95-$130. I sold mine for $140 because waiting any longer would make it worse.

My bet is in 1 year or a year and a half, you will want to upgrade again but by then another 670 would be useful.


Performance-wise future-proofing, not Price-wise future-proofing, is what I meant ( that's a lot of hyphens...).
I'm pretty much a hardcore gamer, but I don't find myself buying a new component every 9-12 months because if I do I get a 20% increase.. you're better off buying high end stuff that makes your rig stable over the course of 2-3 yrs than doing a constant upgrade, IMO. I've been playing on an 8800 GT up to BF3 till I got fed up of the 35 to 50 fps but till then I never had the shopper's compulsive behavior ;) 
It just depends if you want to stay with the trend and stay ahead of the crowd, IMO.
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August 18, 2012 2:05:03 AM

I used the 8800gt for 3 years too. Before that I hat a nvidia 5500 or whatever it was before that. Reason Im upgrading the gpu is because of this impulse to upgrade lol. My 560Ti would have lasted me another year or so the way I played.
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August 18, 2012 2:28:10 AM

selayan said:
I used the 8800gt for 3 years too. Before that I hat a nvidia 5500 or whatever it was before that. Reason Im upgrading the gpu is because of this impulse to upgrade lol. My 560Ti would have lasted me another year or so the way I played.

lol that's why you should stop reading Tom's, too many reviews and too many temptations lol.
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August 18, 2012 2:31:32 AM

Yeh when there is down time at work its what I do. And what do you know one day I'm like hey I need to get this..now I was gonna get the 670 FTW but now it went back up to $409..it was 399 at amazon with a 20.00 gift card so I could have got it for $380 :( 
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August 18, 2012 12:35:15 PM

i dont see the hype behind the 670ftw when gigabyte, msi, galaxy (they have a ftw clone), and asus have better solutions
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August 18, 2012 12:57:45 PM

The 670 ftw boost clock is higher than the Gigabyte Windforce model. The MSI model is I think 40 dollars more too.
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August 18, 2012 2:14:00 PM

uh no. the boost number is bullshit. its a rough estimate. the better the cooler, the higher the boost. and no. the msi one is not 40 dollars more either

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

on a gigabyte card, it is easy to reach beyond 1150mhz in boosts. not so much for the ftw (it can but not always)
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August 18, 2012 3:33:20 PM

Ok so should I go with the one you linked? I dunno if $430 for the 670 would be my price. I was hoping to pay around $400 or so.
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August 18, 2012 3:41:14 PM

I was thinking of that one but it wont fit in the roswell challenger. 11" is the max card length for that case and maybe less than that because I have cords around the area where the card would go towards the drive cages.
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August 18, 2012 4:07:03 PM

its 10.75.
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August 18, 2012 4:22:37 PM

Oh the details section on newegg must be wrong it says 11" x 5.4" x 1.7" but I think the video measures it with the ruler too. Have you had gigabyte cards? I've had PNY and MSI and I liked them.

Also what's the difference with this one, one fan?
Its the same price too:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looks like this guy fit it well in the same case! Nice..I guess this one would be the way to go now

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2247076

..usps is raping me to ship my 560Ti around $30 bucks because they didn't have any boxes that fit the card in its original box so I had to get a square box lol.
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August 18, 2012 6:35:07 PM

wow. isnt it like super cheap to ship stuff in the states?

the 2 fan version is smaller, cheaper and slightly less powerful in terms of cooling. not enough to make a huge difference though
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August 18, 2012 7:02:07 PM

Been a while since I shipped a decent size item. They have flat rate priority boxes but none fit the width of the MSI box the card was already in. I went in and they had 2 sizes, small or ungodly large so I just got a 13x15 box and packed peanuts, the card and bubble wrap in there. They should just go and charge by weight but they go by the dimensions of the box too so with priority its gonna be around $30.

I like the three fan model I think I'll get that one. I haven't seen the asus top model back in stock for ages now.
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August 18, 2012 8:01:14 PM

thats because it had a v-bios problem causing the card to crash. they fixed it though but their new batch should be arriving by september. they said mid-august but i dont see it.
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August 18, 2012 8:08:07 PM

Oh man september! Dunno if I should wait then but the Asus TOP will probably be a large card.
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August 18, 2012 8:08:59 PM

its 10.5inches. not to mention it usually costs 10 more dollars than most 670s such as the msi
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August 18, 2012 8:16:18 PM

Yeah tough choice, running intel hd graphics right now really sucks. I was gonna get the evga ftw edition yesterday but when I got on the pc to order it, was sold out. I guess I'll continue with research.
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August 18, 2012 8:17:09 PM

intel hd graphics is decent. it will play COD
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August 18, 2012 8:25:03 PM

Really because I was trying to play hitman blood money and it looked crappy I think. But that game is old I just remember it looking better on the 560ti. I'm not looking forward to squeezing the cables around if I get that gigabyte card. Looks like the plastic part that extends out may interfere with the main power cable..will have to maneuver them somehow, dunno what that guy did but I think he had a modular psu.
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August 18, 2012 10:22:16 PM

modular psus are very handy. no one needs 8 sata plugs or 8 molex cables
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August 18, 2012 10:28:03 PM

Haha yeh I should have got one like that. Would have saved me a headache. I will get one when I decide to update my case. When I get bored I just mess with the pc ha.
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August 18, 2012 10:31:44 PM

same. i was running my pc without thermal paste since my 8pin extension cable has yet to arrive and uninstalling my heatsink (nh-d14 which is a beast) would be too much of a hassle. its safe ;D
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August 18, 2012 10:49:19 PM

Well since those are mostly same brand, same type the difference is up to the chips itselves. While the 680 has the full advantage from the kepler's tech, the 670 is very close but still has 1 shader unit turned off and some cuda cores less than it's big bro, the 660 is on a different league since it's a mid range card. Basically it's all about budget, if you have enough to spend go for the 680, but if you rather wanna save some money and get similar performance (OCed of course) go for the 670
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August 18, 2012 10:53:34 PM

most aftermarket 670s are pretty much the same speed as a 680
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August 18, 2012 10:57:09 PM

I would say if you want to go for the 680 but you are turned off by the price. I would go with the Saphire 7970 its $429 from Ebay. The 670 Gigabyte model has the 680 PCB and custom board so its really close to it in performance. Maybe 8% less than the 680 but you really can't notice. Its like people that want a 32 inch tv and cant decide between 720p and 1080p.

The notice is visible on the larger screen.
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