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GTX 670 SuperClocked 4GB or GTX 680 SuperClocked 2GB?

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August 20, 2012 3:21:03 AM

Which one of these would be a better choice for gaming, and be more future proof? They are practically the same price, with the GTX 670 SuperClocked 4GB running $460 total, and the GTX 680 running between $500 - $520 (because for some reason there's like 4-5 different variations of the EVGA SuperClocked/Signature/Dual Fan/Etc to choose from).

So which of these would be a better choice, and work better/longer down the line. I know not many games today would make use of anything more than 2GB's of VRAM, but that doesn't mean it'll always be that way in the future, so the extra VRAM on the 670 could be helpful down the line.

The 680 at stock is a more powerful card though, and could be the better choice, for better performance, since, as I already said, not many games make use of more than 2GB's of VRAM, and there's no certainty that any games in the near future (< 4 years) will make use of that much VRAM either.

So what would be the better choice, given the price difference, and slight difference of VRAM vs. Stock Power?

4GB vs 2GB; 1344 Cuda Cores vs 1536 Cuda Cores; $460 vs $500

Thanks for any help!
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August 20, 2012 4:03:43 AM

You need to list your computer spec's. The resolution is particularly important to know when asking about Vram size.

In general, at least at this point, if you are getting a single 670/680, there are almost no situations were you'd need 4GB, even with 3 1080p monitors in 2D surround. It takes high settings and high resolution to reach a point were 2GB isn't enough, and with a single 670, you won't have the power to be able to get high settings at a high resolution, even with the extra VRAM.

Of course we do not know how much vram games will require in the future.
August 21, 2012 3:39:43 AM

Computer specs are:

24" 1920x1080 Screen
Intel Core i7-3770k OC'd @ 4.4GHz
16GB's of 1600MHz RAM
128GB Crucial M4 SSD (OS)
Various 320GB-1TB HDD's for storage
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H
750-Watt Corsair PSU
Blu-Ray/DVD-Player

Currently I have a GTX 275, so just looking to upgrade before Borderlands 2 comes out really.



One more question.

Since I'm pretty sure I don't need the 4GB's for my resolution (1920x1080), would I be able to OC the 4GB 670 to around the same speeds as the 680 SuperClocked? Because the 680 IS still $40 more...so if I can get the 670 to the same speeds for $40 left, I might as well go with that, and save some money, plus get 4GB of VRAM for future proofing.

Thanks again!
August 23, 2012 7:40:33 AM

ferrari91169 said:
One more question.

Since I'm pretty sure I don't need the 4GB's for my resolution (1920x1080), would I be able to OC the 4GB 670 to around the same speeds as the 680 SuperClocked? Because the 680 IS still $40 more...so if I can get the 670 to the same speeds for $40 left, I might as well go with that, and save some money, plus get 4GB of VRAM for future proofing.

Thanks again!

You'll definitely be able to OC the 670 to close performance figures of the 680, if not the same!

Short answer: yes! For 40 bucks less, you can go with the 670 - or spend a li'l more and get the FTW/ DCUII TOP versions of the 670 from EVGA/ ASUS. That'll put you in the same region of the 680 straight out of the box! Even with the stock version, you can OC the card to get almost similar performance of the 680....a beauty that card is, the 670!
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