I've had an XFX 7970 BE for 8 months now and am completely unsatisfied. I'm on my 4th RMA after having the card work flawlessly for 6 months. I was getting to the point where I was considering doubling up on my 2nd 7970, but now I'm going to eat my losses and sell my card at a loss and get two 670's. I'm having a little trouble selecting a 670 duo though. I was set on going with the EVGA 670
The FTW LE looks like a good deal seeing as how it seems like the 670 FTW, just underclocked (which I'd plan on fixing myself) but I haven't heard too much about overclocking or using these in SLI. Any suggestions?
EDIT: I rushed my OP because I was doing it through phone so I fixed the link. And here's my build
Btw, I guess I should mention this is my first rig I've ever built and I've got
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
AMD FX 6200 Unlocked and OC'ed to 4.4ghz
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Coolermaster 922 HAF
I mainly game on a 1080p monitor, but I'm getting a 19x12 monitor within a month so that's what I'm aiming for. I do plan on overclocking, and the reason I'm doubling up right away is because I'd prefer to have this setup for the next 2-3 years.
If i was in your shoes the choice would be 670 as to which one.Simple, GTX 670 DirectCU II was born TOP, a video card generous in every respect. I would be all over that Asus TOP for its high factory overclock, cool temps, and really, really quiet fans,heavily modified PCB, with an efficient VRM design to produce low temperatures, improved voltage regulation circuitry, much better Chil controller , specially binned chip and voltage control and monitoring support that you won't find on most other non-reference cards.The card a straight beast!If you prefer to spend less i would go for The MSI GeForce GTX 670 has everything we love in a video card - a great price, blazing performance, and it runs cool and quiet. MSI even encourages further overclocking and overvolting with its included software.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. That is pretty much the definition of Kick Ass. Both = http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w... my cards slap the reference 680 around i s*** you not.Just look at one in action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnLUJxCBZUg&feature=plcp Crysis 2 Campaign MSI GTX 670 OC Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiE_4cz0aDo&feature=plcp Battlefield 3 PC Operation Swordfish Campaign Combat GTX 670
Thanks Sumukh_Bhagat, I fixed the 2nd link. My only thing with that is when the next gen comes out I'm sure they'll be pretty beastly but I don't want to go through that initial phase of sold out stock and having to guess which is the best card. I feel like now is the best time to buy 2 current gen cards cause they've been out long enough to have been reviewed by plenty of people. And I've had that 7970 for a while, so I'm ready to go NVIDIA now.
And bigcyco_1, my only concern with MSI is the customer service. After having a pretty bad experience with XFX I never want to go through that again (in fact they still have the last card I RMA'ed and it's been 2 weeks), so that's why I've been leaning towards EVGA since I've heard nothing but good things about them. Not just through the internet but through 3 of my friends. That MSI one does look pretty tempting, but I'd rather stick to the EVGA's reputable customer service. Thanks a lot for the link to overclocking the 670, just bookmarked it.
If i was in your shoes the choice would be 670 as to which one.Simple, GTX 670 DirectCU II was born TOP, a video card generous in every respect. I would be all over that Asus TOP for its high factory overclock, cool temps, and really, really quiet fans,heavily modified PCB, with an efficient VRM design to produce low temperatures, improved voltage regulation circuitry, much better Chil controller , specially binned chip and voltage control and monitoring support that you won't find on most other non-reference cards.The card a straight beast!
I totally agree with Bigyco1. The quality that ASUS puts into their cards is impressive. Especially their super alloy power manufacturing process.
What's a good replacement for the ASUS 670 TOP. Are the non top models just as good? I'm just wondering because at that price I'd rather go for a FTW. Remember I'm buying two so +30 for a single card will come out to +60 when doubling up. So I'd rather be 100% sure that the Asus solution is right for me. Also those TOP models are sold out everywhere. Any suggestions where I could find em?
The non top are not the same.Look at this review it's only one page long and tells a lot of main details http://www.overclockers.com/asus-gtx670-directcu-ii-top... Personally I would pick MSI PE GTX 670, have a solid performance, quiet, cool.Gigabyte windforce 670 oc would be my third choice.But if you want best customer service , and can live with reference cooling, go with EVGA FTW.The ASUS cooler is awesome and blends the best of cooling, performance and overclockability. The gigabyte and MSI are second to this for the same reasons. My two MSI PE are phenominal. I overclocked them (don't need to to really just more for epeen) and under load they are still cool and quiet.
That MSI looks better and better the more reviews I read. With the Asus TOP it's clearly the winner but I run into the same problem when I built my rig earlier this year. I would have had a 680, but seeing as how they were ridiculously unavailable at first I ended up switching my whole build after waiting almost 2 months and went with the 7970. I always felt like I settled for 2nd best but I don't get that feeling from the MSI PE. That's a card, especially in SLI, I can see me building my rig around for the next 3 years easily. Thanks a lot everybody and especially bigcyco.
EDIT: BTW bigcyco did you get anything other than molex connectors? Do I have to get an SLI bridge cable?