Hey guys! My brother recently wanted to upgrade his rig with a GTX670.
Thing is, the only 670 he can afford is a reference one. Will it do fine or will it overheat or something? It is an Inno3d GTX670. (I myself know nothing of reference cards and I havent dealt with any. )
We live in the PH and we sadly cannot avail of any deals like that and the shops around here BARELY hold sales. Best thing they did for their customers was have a free Hyper212 EVO and Asus ROG headset, when you bought any X79 mobo lol. Although they do have great discounts on the holidays.
The non-reference cards cost a bit more ($20 typical), but have a lower cost per frame. In other words, you get more bang for the buck.
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite: Hard Reset, COD-MW2, Far Cry 2, ANNO 1404, Metro 2033, ANNO 2070, BFBC2, BF3, Crysis 2, AvP, Lost Planet 2. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame @ 1920 x 1200:
670 DCII gets 999 fps for $420 at a cost of $0.42 per frame
670 gets 917 fps for $400 at a cost of $0.44 per frame
680 DCII gets 1077 fps for $520 at a cost of $0.48 per frame
680 gets 989 fps for $500 at a cost of $0.51 per frame
7970 DCII gets 924 fps for $415 at a cost of $0.45 per frame
7970 gets 872 fps for $420 at a cost of $0.48 per frame
Note that the Asus non-reference DCII has a 2 -3 cent per frame cost advantage, getting you about 4 - 6% more for ya money.
I'd normally suggest ya be a good bro loan him the $20 but if ya can score a deal for $340, there's no way i could argue against that.
Fix'd. Can't leave that out because ASUS has normal and TOP versions of the cards, at least for the 670 and 680 (Newegg doesn't have a TOP version of the 7970 listed that I can find). I'm basing pricing & availability info from newegg. Also, those 7970 results are not really relevant because the performance is better on 12.7 or later drivers (I'm assuming there's some level of improvement on the others as well, though it doesn't seem to be as much from other reviews).