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November 11, 2012 6:31:13 PM

Which is better for games like BF3, TF2, COD4, and CSS?

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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 6:41:33 PM

Well the 680 beats any 670 but if you were to get a 670 then the MSI GTX 670 Ti Power Edition would be best.
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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 6:50:12 PM
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Well, you could get a non reference gtx670, such as the gigabyte gtx670 windforce ( $399), and then overclock it. When a gtx670 is overclocked it can match a gtx680 for less $$$, while having a better cooler. The gigabyte gtx670 has the same PCB as a gtx680, and the same amount of power phases. A stock gtx680 costs $69 more, and has a stock cooler (gigabyte windforce cooler is better). Even if you don't overclock the gtx670 it will max out the games you want to play.

Hope this helps!
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 6:51:30 PM

Compared to an MSI Power Edition 670, probably about 5-10 frames,
Compared to a 680 most likely around 15 frames
Another thing though is and ASUS or MSI card will stay cooler and go slightly faster as the EVGA has a reference fan / cooler that isn't as good as MSI Twin Frozr fans or the ASUS DirectCU II cooling.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 6:57:19 PM

The difference between a gtx670 and a gtx680 in bf3 is 6fps @1080p on ultra.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 7:02:49 PM

CalumConroy beat me to it :D 

But yes, take a look at some of the non reference gtx 670's, they are cheaper than a gtx680, and can be overclocked to perform like one.
a c 236 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 7:05:48 PM

Jordannn15 said:
What if I got this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083Y6MV6?ie=UTF8&for...

How much difference is there fps wise in BF3 on ultra 1080p?


Newegg has the GTX670FTW on sale for less...$369.99 after $20 rebate.
But the real deal is their low price protection until Christmas.

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

You can tell the diffence among the top cards like GTX670/GTX680 or 7950/7970 with a synthetic benchmark. But in actual usage, you really would not notice the difference.

BF3 is not particularly gpu intensive, so I would not worry too much there.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 7:05:51 PM

Jordannn15 said:
This one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0080I06WQ?ie=UTF8&for... might stat cooler than

This one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083Y6MV6?ie=UTF8&for... but the EVGA card has the same clock speeds as the reference 680 so why do you recommend the gigabyte one? Just because of the temps or what?



I recommend a non reference gtx670 in general. I have a gigabyte gtx670 windforce and its pretty good. It also has a good price at $399, but so does the Asus gtx670 directcuII and the msi power edition. But I would recommend the cards I just listed as they cost less than a gtx680 and perform pretty well against one while having custom PCB's and custom coolers.

The gigabyte one has a pcb of a gtx680 along with 5phase power circuitry. The asus direct cu also has a custom pcb, and has 6 phase power circuitry if I remember correctly. Both have great coolers (OEM for the coolers is cooler master). The asus one includes a nice backplate, though. The asus gtx670 direct cu II TOP has had instability issues as they pushed the card too far, plus it has a price approaching that of a gtx680. I had a asus gtx570 direct CU II and it came dead on arrival (frequent crashes, artifacts, etc.). But that was a year ago, and asus has some nice cards overall.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 7:08:23 PM

Indeed, like I said the MSI is good, the Gigabyte is good, the ASUS is good, The EVGA not as good due to the reference cooler that doesn't compare to a Twin Frozr, DirectCU II, or Windforce - it's just about preference.
November 11, 2012 7:24:25 PM

calumconroy said:
Well the 680 beats any 670 but if you were to get a 670 then the MSI GTX 670 Ti Power Edition would be best.

Uh, nope.

670 can be overclocked to outperform a 680 very easily, which is why ALWAYS, GET, THE 670.
November 11, 2012 7:25:18 PM

geofelt said:
Newegg has the GTX670FTW on sale for less...$369.99 after $20 rebate.
But the real deal is their low price protection until Christmas.

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

You can tell the diffence among the top cards like GTX670/GTX680 or 7950/7970 with a synthetic benchmark. But in actual usage, you really would not notice the difference.

BF3 is not particularly gpu intensive, so I would not worry too much there.


Wait your telling me the link you posted is cheaper than this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083Y6MV6?ie=UTF8&for...

And if BF3 is not gpu intensive what is it because I'm pretty sure its not cpu intensive... Correct me if I'm wrong though.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 7:49:58 PM

Well GPU clocks do affect/scale in BF3 and you can see changes between different GPU's, as can be seen in the link i posted earlier.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX...

However the gtx670 gets over 60fps, so you won't be able to notice additional fps anyway.
November 11, 2012 7:53:04 PM

fil1p said:
Well GPU clocks do affect/scale in BF3 and you can see changes between different GPU's, as can be seen in the link i posted earlier.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX...

However the gtx670 gets over 60fps, so you won't be able to notice additional fps anyway.


Will there be any hiccups like drops below 45 or 30? I don't want to deal with any of those.

What if I throw a reference or black edition 7970 into the mix what would you guys choose?
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 7:59:19 PM

Jordannn15 said:
Will there be any hiccups like drops below 45 or 30? I don't want to deal with any of those.

What if I throw a reference or black edition 7970 into the mix what would you guys choose?



Well anything below 30fps is unfavorable, but the gtx670 will do fine. My question is do you plan on doing any overclocking to your GPU once you get it. Because as I said earlier, an overclocked gtx670 can match or slightly outperform a gtx680. Now that you mention a hd7970, if you do overclock that then you will get some great performance. For the price, I would go with a non reference gtx670, or if you want to spend a bit extra a hd7970. Some people say that the fan on reference hd7970's can get pretty loud though. I would not really take the gtx680, don't get me wrong, its a great card, but an overclocked gtx670 can do the same. However a hd7970 with a custom cooler costs about ($399) which removes any fan related issues. If you overclock the hd7970 it will outperform the gtx670 in certain cases.

Here is one from gigabyte:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is one from sapphire:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 8:01:29 PM

Also if you get either of those hd7970's you get three free games, so overall it is the best deal, as it is custom cooled, better performing and includes three games.
November 11, 2012 8:08:42 PM

fil1p said:
Well anything below 30fps is unfavorable, but the gtx670 will do fine. My question is do you plan on doing any overclocking to your GPU once you get it. Because as I said earlier, an overclocked gtx670 can match or slightly outperform a gtx680. Now that you mention a hd7970, if you do overclock that then you will get some great performance. For the price, I would go with a non reference gtx670, or if you want to spend a bit extra a hd7970. Some people say that the fan on reference hd7970's can get pretty loud though. I would not really take the gtx680, don't get me wrong, its a great card, but an overclocked gtx670 can do the same. However a hd7970 with a custom cooler costs about ($399) which removes any fan related issues. If you overclock the hd7970 it will outperform the gtx670 in certain cases.

Here is one from gigabyte:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is one from sapphire:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


No I don't plan on overclocking any card I get. So I really just need the best performance/cost card that I can get.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 8:10:53 PM

After AMD's new drivers the hd7970 really performs well, and considering they include the bonus games I would get that.
a c 236 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 8:32:33 PM

Jordannn15 said:
Wait your telling me the link you posted is cheaper than this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083Y6MV6?ie=UTF8&for...

And if BF3 is not gpu intensive what is it because I'm pretty sure its not cpu intensive... Correct me if I'm wrong though.

OOPS! You are correct. The amazon is $3.01 cheaper.
But the newegg has a low price guarantee until Xmas. Is that worth$3.01?

BF3 in single player is not cpu intensive.
Mut in multiplayer, it can be very cpu intensive. You don't see multiplayer benchmarks because they are hard do correctly.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 8:39:18 PM

Yep, as I earlier suggested the gigabyte gtx670 is a good choice, the card is a bit long, so i would measure inside your case to make sure it fits. And yes, as you said it may be too small. A cooler master haf x is nice, but thats upwards of $140. Measure the inside of your case.
November 11, 2012 8:49:03 PM

I know my case is too small it will only hold 10.5" cards so I need a case a little under $140 if you can.
a c 185 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 8:51:16 PM

Case:COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 Matte Black CA-SW810-M1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBIRD Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 185 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 8:53:49 PM

Jordannn15 said:
I know my case is too small it will only hold 10.5" cards so I need a case a little under $140 if you can.

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Case:Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 9:00:40 PM

^+1

Lol, what bigcyo1 said.. But if you want a full tower case I would go for either a NZXT switch 810, or if you can get the Haf X.
November 11, 2012 9:01:46 PM

While I was waiting for replies I was looking at that NZXT Phantom and that thing looks like it has great cable management and the design is slick.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 9:04:02 PM

The Phantom does look pretty slick, and it has some nice features. There are plenty of cases out there, take a careful look at some of the reviews for them.
November 11, 2012 9:06:05 PM

Why would you go with one of those over the phantom it has 4 nice portals for cables and a ton of hdd bays? Just wondering.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 9:11:32 PM

Nvm that, I posted that a bit late, but the Haf X is a great case. So is the Phantom (I assume we are talking about the full tower one, not the mid atx)

Any of those will do, chose the one that best suites you.
a c 185 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 9:12:25 PM

Jordannn15 said:
Why would you go with one of those over the phantom it has 4 nice portals for cables and a ton of hdd bays? Just wondering.
Case is personal to certain extent but the HAF X FULL TOWER is built better though some might consider it a bit out dated still Pros
+ Gigantic space – XL-ATX and E-ATX compatible
+ Great thermal performance
+ Expandability
+ Plenty of options for cable management
+ Good value for money choice

Cons
- Styling may not suit everyone’s preference :lol: 
November 11, 2012 9:16:48 PM

Okay thanks, you guys were a huge help! Yeah we are taling about the same full atx phantom. I think I'm still gonna go with the phantom I like it hetter than the haf but that one is still really nice.
a c 185 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 9:20:48 PM

No problem your welcome here another i forgot about that is one of the best bang for buck case you can get not saying you should get it over the other just thought i should mention it Case:Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 11, 2012 9:37:18 PM

Yeah thats a really nice case too but personally like you said I'm still gonna go with the phantom because like a lot of people I like things that lookt nice lol.
a c 185 U Graphics card
November 11, 2012 9:44:22 PM

Yep between those comes down to personal preference anyway enjoy!
November 11, 2012 11:13:07 PM

Best answer selected by Jordannn15.
May 3, 2013 3:51:06 AM

If you plan on doing an sli do not go with the gigabyte gtx 670. I heard that the two cards can reach dangerous temperatures.
May 29, 2013 5:47:06 PM

Until recently the Asus II 670 was said to be the best selling/performing 670 but this review just shed some light on how much the Evga 670 FTW's have gained vs the other models.
http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4072/2/evga-geforce-gtx...
My 670 GTX FTW sli rig beats up 80% of the 680 sli's out there :)  Not worth the extra money imo buy the 670 FTW
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