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Which 670 to get?

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September 23, 2012 12:18:31 PM

Hi guys,

I really can't decide which 670 to get, I was wondering what one you guys would suggest?

I've heard ASUS TOP but that's hard to come by.

Thanks :) 

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a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 1:16:58 PM

Asus TOP is the best IMO, but EVGA are really good too. And they have the best customer support out there.
September 23, 2012 1:22:36 PM

Get the Asus but non-TOP version. You can OC your card to match the TOP version and You save some bucks!
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a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 1:35:13 PM

Actually, the 670 is slightly better than the 7970 (non- GHz edition). I don't know about the prices though.
September 23, 2012 1:43:50 PM

Dont take any of the OCed editions, because you pay for something you can do yourself with only few mouse clicks. Asus has the best cooling solution, and for the 7970 - AMD drivers aren't that good, and the performance is similar.
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 1:47:40 PM

BigMack70 said:
Nope. :non:  Not on newer drivers. Check your facts plz.

Also, AMD's single card driver support is at least as good as Nvidia's (their multi-GPU support is what's not as good). And if we're talking about overclocking, the 7970 can't be beat.


My bad. Guess I should pay a bit more attention to the red camp.
September 23, 2012 1:53:07 PM

Overclocking 7970 to high levels mean that it will heat a lot. Same with the GTX 670. You can overclock it to higher levels, yes, but then you will need water cooling so there is no big difference between those cards. I checked my facts and they were valid. A lot of specialists say, that AMD drivers are lower quality than nVidia.
About the 7970 vs 670, 670 isn't a "high end" card. It can't be compared with a 7970, but when we look at the performance, 670 it matches 7970.
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_670/images...
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 2:06:06 PM

I would go for the MSI power edition, really great cooler, usually at a decent price!
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 2:22:25 PM

If you've got the money to buy a HD 7970, buy a HD 7970!It's just a higher end card than the GTX 670.The only thing holding it back are its low stock clocks.And that easily be fixed through overclocking
September 23, 2012 2:26:00 PM

Wow +3% so noticeable. 3gb card vs 2gb card. Seeing the problem here? Get the GTX 670 and it's over.
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 2:36:40 PM

This 7970 vs 670 argument is getting tiring. 7970 is generally FASTER. Thats why it used to cost at least $50 more than 670. Back then 7970 was not a good deal because the performance difference was minor in comparison with the price difference. Now that they cost the same price and the drivers are improved, 7970 is a no-brainer, UNLESS you know that nVidia performs better in the games you play.

Especially when AA and resolutions go higher, 7970 goes way ahead than 670.
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 2:43:34 PM

Yea MSI is a safe bet with Nvidia or AMD... Would definitely be my choice if I was in the market for a new card.

I have EVGA at the moment, they're good but nothing special, they definitely run hotter than the MSI counterparts, Overclocks pretty well though....
September 23, 2012 2:58:31 PM

Like others have said, either way you go, the 670 or the 7970, GET A MSI VERSION.

MSI's cooling solutions and overclocking potentials of both cards are MUCH better than any other card brand out there. I've heard that ASUS locks their cards on voltage and from what I've been seeing on the ASUS Direct copper top cooler, it gets very hot compared to the MSI equivalent.

For the 670 vs. 7970 argument, the 7970 is the better card, you can't argue that "the 670 isn't a high end card", it doesn't matter if it's a high end card vs. a low end card, THEY ARE THE SAME PRICE, that's why they are being compared.

The 7970 is the better overall card because of the bigger memory bus(384bit) which helps with AA options, it has 3GB of VRAM for bigger resolution support, and it has huge headroom for overclocking compared to the 670. Anyone else who recommends a 670(which the only person who is recommending one is R3alityzzzzz) is just being a Nvidia fanboy and can't understand that AMD wins for this generation of graphics cards on all price ranges.
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 3:00:19 PM

XXStavrosXX said:
This 7970 vs 670 argument is getting tiring. 7970 is generally FASTER. Thats why it used to cost at least $50 more than 670. Back then it was not a good deal because the performance difference was minor in comparison with the price difference. Now that they cost the same price and the drive, 7970 is a no-brainer, UNLESS you know taht nVidia performs better in the games you play.

Especially when AA and resolutions go higher, 7970 goes way ahead than 670.



We are in an election year. ;) 
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 3:31:58 PM

Embra said:
We are in an election year. ;) 


LOL Never though of that :p 
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September 23, 2012 5:11:59 PM

:lol:  i always find it funny when somebody starts a thread asking about Which 670 to get? And gets totally off topic the 7970 has nothing to do with OP question you guy's crack me up anyway OP i will answer your question Asus 670 Top is the best 670 but it's really hard to find in stock anywhere so the next best 670 imo is The MSI GTX 670 Power Edition.


Twin Frozr IV: 20°C Cooler and 11.7dB Quieter than Reference Board
The MSI GTX 670 Power Edition is equipped with MSI's latest Twin Frozr IV Thermal Design. MSI's exclusive Dust Removal technology automatically reverses the fans at startup to prevent dust build-up dust and optimize the cooling module's ability to dissipate heat.


Patented Propeller Blade technology provides 20% more air flow over conventional fans and increases the effective cooling area. When combined with dual 8 cm temperature-controlled fans, SuperPipe technology, and a nickel-plated copper base, temperatures are effectively reduced by up to 20°C and noise by 11.7dB!


MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $30 price premium for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.
September 23, 2012 5:46:24 PM

bigcyco1 said:
:lol:  i always find it funny when somebody starts a thread asking about Which 670 to get? And gets totally off topic the 7970 has nothing to do with OP question you guy's crack me up anyway OP i will answer your question Asus 670 Top is the best 670 but it's really hard to find in stock anywhere so the next best 670 imo is The MSI GTX 670 Power Edition.


Twin Frozr IV: 20°C Cooler and 11.7dB Quieter than Reference Board
The MSI GTX 670 Power Edition is equipped with MSI's latest Twin Frozr IV Thermal Design. MSI's exclusive Dust Removal technology automatically reverses the fans at startup to prevent dust build-up dust and optimize the cooling module's ability to dissipate heat.


Patented Propeller Blade technology provides 20% more air flow over conventional fans and increases the effective cooling area. When combined with dual 8 cm temperature-controlled fans, SuperPipe technology, and a nickel-plated copper base, temperatures are effectively reduced by up to 20°C and noise by 11.7dB!


MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $30 price premium for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.



Thank you everyone for your input(s) from what people are suggesting the 7970 looks the better card slightly but I have an Nvidia 3D vision monitor so that's the main reason I'd like to stick to Nvidia. I was originally going for the MSI version of the 670 and it looks like this seals it.

Thanks.
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a b Ĉ ASUS
September 23, 2012 5:57:09 PM

ichimaru said:
Thank you everyone for your input(s) from what people are suggesting the 7970 looks the better card slightly but I have an Nvidia 3D vision monitor so that's the main reason I'd like to stick to Nvidia. I was originally going for the MSI version of the 670 and it looks like this seals it.

Thanks.
Your welcome! :hello: 
September 23, 2012 6:14:18 PM

Unless an OC'd 680 would be a better option haha..
September 23, 2012 6:29:23 PM

BigMack70 said:
Obviously an OC'd 680 would be faster but it's not worth the price premium. That 670 PE OC will be roughly as fast as a stock 680 and you can overclock it further if you want more performance. It's really a pretty nice deal at $400.

The 670 has made the 680 99% obsolete given the huge price difference but minor performance difference between the two.


I see, so I guess in my situation it's a 670 or a 690 which is extremely expensive.
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2012 6:32:26 PM

MSI PE 670 is indeed a powerful GPU, however in order to fully take advantage of you need to overclock it. If you don't intend to, you may consider the cheaper Gigabyte with the Windforce cooler. (Not saying that PE is weak without overclocking, in contrast it might be the fastest 670 aside Asus TOP, but that you also pay for overclocking tools that it is a waste not to take advantage of).
September 23, 2012 6:35:41 PM

BigMack70 said:
BTW if you're sticking with that Phenom II CPU, the 690 is a waste unless you're gaming on 3 screens - you will need more CPU power or you'll bottleneck anything beyond a single 670 pretty badly.


Yep, that's the reason I've OC'd it to 4Ghz to try and squeeze something out of it until the Piledriver comes out. Not much I can do until then.
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