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EVGA GTX 670 FTW Newbie Question?

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August 24, 2012 5:21:23 AM

Here's my story, I recently purchased a EVGA GTX 670 FTW back in June. Ever Since I purchased the GPU I've been having heating problems( Playing BF3 The GPU Temp is at 75c). In the early part of July I decided to call EVGA up. We wen't through all these steps and it got nowhere. They told me I could RMA it I wanted to, I decided not to because it has a 3 warranty. I normally keep GPU's for about two years and sell them. Today I decided to run EVGA Precision X opened will playing BF3.
I ran two 10 minutes benchmark test on BF3 playing on a 64man CQB server Completely Maxed out with a res of 1080p:

Precision X NOT Operating (GPU TEMP AVG 75C)
Frames: 43840 - Time: 605066ms - Avg: 72.455 - Min: 48 - Max: 125

Precision X Operating (GPU TEMP AVG 62c)
Frames: 45467 - Time: 600667ms - Avg: 75.694 - Min: 30 - Max: 142

Clearly it's more efficient to run Precision X all the time. whats funny is, when I called EVGA and talked to them for 30 minutes. They never mentioned this program at all. My question is, is there a way to get the same results without running Precision X?
Remember I'm a Newbie at this. Out of the 7 GPU's I've Owned, I've never had this happened. Then again this is my first EVGA GPU to own. Also I've never used Precision X and it's probably something simple.
Please help me, the Manufacturer couldn't because they hire useless employees.
August 24, 2012 5:59:07 AM

zredstar said:
Here's my story, I recently purchased a EVGA GTX 670 FTW back in June. Ever Since I purchased the GPU I've been having heating problems( Playing BF3 The GPU Temp is at 75c). In the early part of July I decided to call EVGA up. We wen't through all these steps and it got nowhere. They told me I could RMA it I wanted to, I decided not to because it has a 3 warranty. I normally keep GPU's for about two years and sell them. Today I decided to run EVGA Precision X opened will playing BF3.
I ran two 10 minutes benchmark test on BF3 playing on a 64man CQB server Completely Maxed out with a res of 1080p:

Precision X NOT Operating (GPU TEMP AVG 75C)
Frames: 43840 - Time: 605066ms - Avg: 72.455 - Min: 48 - Max: 125

Precision X Operating (GPU TEMP AVG 62c)
Frames: 45467 - Time: 600667ms - Avg: 75.694 - Min: 30 - Max: 142

Clearly it's more efficient to run Precision X all the time. whats funny is, when I called EVGA and talked to them for 30 minutes. They never mentioned this program at all. My question is, is there a way to get the same results without running Precision X?
Remember I'm a Newbie at this. Out of the 7 GPU's I've Owned, I've never had this happened. Then again this is my first EVGA GPU to own. Also I've never used Precision X and it's probably something simple.
Please help me, the Manufacturer couldn't because they hire useless employees.

I've had a serious dilemma over whether or not to purchase the 670 ftw or a 660ti SC edition. The main thing concerning me is the 670's temperature issues. :( 
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August 24, 2012 6:56:42 AM

I wouldn't buy a 660 ti sc edition. when it's time to buy another card because of the generation skip. Sli GTX 670 FTW will kill Sli GTX 660 Ti SC Edition. The you can Sell both GTX 670 FTW for around $200.00 a piece. basically you will pay off one GTX 870 or what ever its called. really you only going to lose 200-250 every two years. NOTE my last two cards where a gtx 285. which I purchased the first one back in 09 then the second one in 2010 for two thirds the price.

Also I just got done playing BF3 3 hours. The temp never got over 65c using precision x. averaged 74.234 FPS using fraps
with the game completely maxed out on 1080p.
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August 24, 2012 7:11:09 AM

The most likely reason you have lower temps with Precision X open is you have a different fan profile selected in Precision X and it only runs when you have the program open.

If your worried about temps just adjust your fan profile and customize the speed/temp controls.

There is a option in Precision X to run at Windows startup. Select it and it will run in the background.

Who ever said to sell the 670 for a 660ti is crazy.
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August 24, 2012 7:18:24 AM

Swolern said:
The most likely reason you have lower temps with Precision X open is you have a different fan profile selected in Precision X and it only runs when you have the program open.

If your worried about temps just adjust your fan profile and customize the speed/temp controls.

There is a option in Precision X to run at Windows startup. Select it and it will run in the background.

Who ever said to sell the 670 for a 660ti is crazy.


Thanks for replying I figured it out earlier.
Also I said, get a 670 over a 660 ti because when time comes and you need a second card. Sli 670 will kill Sli 660ti.
I was referring to generation skipping not selling a 670 for 660ti.
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August 24, 2012 7:21:18 AM

zredstar said:
Thanks for replying I figured it out earlier.
Also I said, get a 670 over a 660 ti because when time comes and you need a second card. Sli 670 will kill Sli 660ti.
I was referring to generation skipping not selling a 670 for 660ti.

Well I don't ever plan on going SLI, so with that in mind what would you still reccommend?
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August 24, 2012 7:26:46 AM

funyunwolf said:
Well I don't ever plan on going SLI, so with that in mind what would you still reccommend?

What card do you have right now?
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August 24, 2012 7:27:06 AM

zredstar said:
What card do you have right now?

An old HD5770 so either one is a nice steroid injection. Only issue is my cases airflow is pretty bleh, though it's something I can address at a later budget point. Right now I chose a Corsair TX650 and the FTW 670 is 409 on newegg with a free copy of borderlands 2 (so does the 660 ti though.) Here is a link to the inside of my case btw.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/853/insidecomp.jpg...

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August 24, 2012 7:38:11 AM

funyunwolf said:
An old HD5770 so either one is a nice steroid injection. Only issue is my cases airflow is pretty bleh, though it's something I can address at a later budget point. Right now I chose a Corsair TX650 and the FTW 670 is 409 on newegg with a free copy of borderlands 2 (so does the 660 ti though.) Here is a link to the inside of my case btw.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/853/insidecomp.jpg...


If you wan't my honest opinion, I would wait for GK110 or AMD sea island. If your on a budget then the current generation of cards will go down. It's to late into the year to buy a new card. until then try to save money to get a even better card. you will be whole lot more happy if you wait a month or two. AMD 8000 series can come out any day until Christmas same with gk110.
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August 24, 2012 7:40:49 AM

zredstar said:
Thanks for replying I figured it out earlier.
Also I said, get a 670 over a 660 ti because when time comes and you need a second card. Sli 670 will kill Sli 660ti.
I was referring to generation skipping not selling a 670 for 660ti.


oh ok. sorry misunderstood.
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August 24, 2012 7:43:31 AM

zredstar said:
If you wan't my honest opinion, I would wait for GK110 or AMD sea island. If your on a budget then the current generation of cards will go down. It's to late into the year to buy a new card. until then try to save money to get a even better card. you will be whole lot more happy if you wait a month or two. AMD 8000 series can come out any day until Christmas same with gk110.

Yeah I guess it's a gamble any sort of way, I just want something that will last me about two years, which I presumed the 670 ftw would do suitably. Normally I would have no issue waiting for the newest thing then decide but my 5770 can't really do so hot on bf3 and other titles, not to mention the 600 series is running a promo where you get borderlands 2 for free. Also given what you have seen of my crummy case do you think the 670 would be operable within that until around the holiday season when I'm sure cases will go on sale with a 650w power supply? Also the responses are much appreciated!
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August 24, 2012 8:00:54 AM

funyunwolf said:
Yeah I guess it's a gamble any sort of way, I just want something that will last me about two years, which I presumed the 670 ftw would do suitably. Normally I would have no issue waiting for the newest thing then decide but my 5770 can't really do so hot on bf3 and other titles, not to mention the 600 series is running a promo where you get borderlands 2 for free. Also given what you have seen of my crummy case do you think the 670 would be operable within that until around the holiday season when I'm sure cases will go on sale with a 650w power supply? Also the responses are much appreciated!



First off whats your cpu and mobo so I can give you some recommendations. also along as you have a working intake and exhaust fan on the case then 670 would do fine. the 670 as a card exhaust the hot air out the back of the card.
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August 24, 2012 2:17:18 PM

zredstar said:
First off whats your cpu and mobo so I can give you some recommendations. also along as you have a working intake and exhaust fan on the case then 670 would do fine. the 670 as a card exhaust the hot air out the back of the card.

I have an Intel h57 Mobo with a PCI 2.0 slot and a Intel i7 860 2.8 ghz. The 5770 works the same way with the shroud design it exhausts hot air out of the back, and I have a 120 mm fan mounted on the back of my case.
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=FX6840-03E-FB-R
If you scroll down to the details it lay out all the info about my desktop
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