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Which 670 should I go with?

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January 4, 2013 11:12:00 PM

what type of games and resolutions will you likely be playing?

both look fine to me, ive never owned cards by either but;

evga have the better rep id imagine
galaxy 4gb has solid 5 star rating with 31 reviews

id probably go for the galaxy 4gb but would have to get some more input on the brand first

how long will it be before 2gb is not enough? honest question for community - at present skyrim and bf3 @ 1920x1080 with all eye candy can reach towards 1.5Gb, metro 2033 also I understand (I have the game but have never played it)

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January 4, 2013 11:30:20 PM

I play pretty much every type of game. I play at 1920x1080. After reading more about the cards, it seems the EVGA has better cooling, as it pushes the air out of the case, so I am kinda leaning towards that one now. It's still the vRAM that I am worried about. Most people say 4 GB is overkill right now, but I don't know what will happen once the next-gen consoles come out.
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January 5, 2013 12:08:32 AM

You want to get cooling with a fan like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As for your VRAM, that 2 gigs should be enough for a while but, since your buying such a big card I would recommend getting 3Gigs because more VRAM can help big resolutions like yours, and espically if you decide to pick up two extra monitors later on.

Also I've dreamed of buying a big card like that some day so I know this is the one that I would want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And like you said, with the next gen systems more games may start getting more VRAM, and you'll be able to keep running that 670 for a very long time.
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January 5, 2013 12:41:06 AM

I think Galaxy is pretty good. I have never owned one but I have relatives who have had a pair over a year and it has performed well for them.

With the extra 2GB of ram on the Galaxy version I think you gotta go for it. Same price, why forfeit that extra ram?
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January 5, 2013 12:44:10 AM

I had a galaxy 220 once. It's was great but...I killed it because I OCed it way to high. This was before I new what I was doing until that it worked great and I have nothing against the company. Their stuff is a little bit cheaper so they're great for the price too!
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January 5, 2013 12:57:29 AM

mace200200 said:
You want to get cooling with a fan like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As for your VRAM, that 2 gigs should be enough for a while but, since your buying such a big card I would recommend getting 3Gigs because more VRAM can help big resolutions like yours, and espically if you decide to pick up two extra monitors later on.

Also I've dreamed of buying a big card like that some day so I know this is the one that I would want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And like you said, with the next gen systems more games may start getting more VRAM, and you'll be able to keep running that 670 for a very long time.


gpus with fan designs like that run hotter and louder then aftermarket fans do. i would NOT recommend that type of card.
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January 5, 2013 1:11:09 AM

I just bought evga gtx 670 ftw, awesome card. highly recommend EVGA that is all i use.
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January 5, 2013 1:12:54 AM

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

With the rebate they are both the same price. I've heard good stuff about EVGA, but I am not sure about Galaxy. Since they are the same price, i am leaning towards the Galaxy with the 4 GB vRAM to future-proof myself.


I would go with eVGA - I have used eVGA from 2006 starting with the 7800GT progressing to 8800GT's in SLI and my current GTX460 SLI set up. I have a Galaxy GTX460 in my son's computer which I bought because of its low price but it has removable fans which are incredibly noisy compared to the eVGA fans. Not sure what the set-up with the 670's is but if its similar to teh 460GTX then I would go with eVGA for sure. There is a saying . . . you get what you pay for.
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January 5, 2013 1:23:05 AM

Well most people recommended the EVGA, but what about this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's just $20 more, and honestly I kind of want 4 GB just so I don't ever need to worry about it. I'm sure by the time we use more than 4 GB, the 670 will be way outdated. I am just not sure about the cooling on this card.
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January 5, 2013 1:26:58 AM

I hope to god the galaxy card isn't like the one that tomshardware tested. Talk about screeching brakes.



I would go with the EVGA myself if you have no plans on overclocking just wanting something that works cools well and is reasonably quiet go with that. You will get the best customer support and warranty you can get from a graphic card manufacture from them.
Also there are other cards that are 4 gigabyte. Gigabyte has there Windforce 3 card that is 4 gigabytes as well as ASUS as well with there DCU II cards.

Silent as silent gets
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabytes card is good I have the 2 gigabyte model and it runs great.
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January 5, 2013 1:34:49 AM

From best to worst from techpowerup

Asus 670 TOP - 10.0 rating (only card ever to get a 10.0)
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

Gigabyte Windforce SC 670 - 9.8 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX...

MSI Twin Frozr IV 670 - 9.7 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...

Palit Jetsteram 670 - 9.7 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Palit/GeForce_GTX_67...

Zotac AMP 670 - 9.6 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_67...

They didn't do the EVGA so.....

http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-670-sc-r...
EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-dire...
Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 out the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 out the box and 9839 OC'd
Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

That makes the Asus 7% faster out the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage
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January 5, 2013 1:44:07 AM

Well its a shame no one does EVGA but I think that is because EVGA doesn't do non reference cards you'll notice when they do there special water block cards on the high end cards they will though.

The top card is great because they cherry pick there chips meaning they are great overclockers.

Also, I like my gigabyte 670 but sometimes I wonder how the 670 by MSI is I know big has one. I like that it is a smaller profile then the gigabyte card and I'm sure the asus card. So it may be better in a more small case which is kind of the same thing the Zotac card benefits from.
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January 5, 2013 1:44:47 AM

bigshootr8 said:
I hope to god the galaxy card isn't like the one that tomshardware tested. Talk about screeching brakes.



I would go with the EVGA myself if you have no plans on overclocking just wanting something that works cools well and is reasonably quiet go with that. You will get the best customer support and warranty you can get from a graphic card manufacture from them.
Also there are other cards that are 4 gigabyte. Gigabyte has there Windforce 3 card that is 4 gigabytes as well as ASUS as well with there DCU II cards.

Silent as silent gets
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabytes card is good I have the 2 gigabyte model and it runs great.


Wait that ASUS was on full load?? I may just be in love. It's a tad bit expensive, but if it is really that quiet it would be worth it.
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January 5, 2013 1:51:55 AM

I can't imagine that fan getting any louder man :p  My gigabyte card sounds the same under load really. The 600 series cards don't get very hot and most cards that are out now have thermal points where when they get over a certain point you start to see fan rampage going up. And because of how silent that fan is I can't imagine you hearing it till around 70 percent fan speed. So its very possible that it is always like that. Tomshardware in there article of the 670's said it was the quietest 670 they had tested. Also the black and red is sexy. Also, keep in mind you would get the same from a DCUII so you wouldn't necessary need to put out for A TOP card unless you had plans on overclocking seriously. In most cases the EVGA will fit the bill and then some because of how reliable EVGA is. But that being said ASUS definately has an appeal. I have this dream of pairing up a ASUS Card with there high end motherboards.

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January 5, 2013 2:03:53 AM

bigshootr8 said:
I can't imagine that fan getting any louder man :p  My gigabyte card sounds the same under load really. The 600 series cards don't get very hot and most cards that are out now have thermal points where when they get over a certain point you start to see fan rampage going up. And because of how silent that fan is I can't imagine you hearing it till around 70 percent fan speed. So its very possible that it is always like that. Tomshardware in there article of the 670's said it was the quietest 670 they had tested. Also the black and red is sexy. Also, keep in mind you would get the same from a DCUII so you wouldn't necessary need to put out for A TOP card unless you had plans on overclocking seriously. In most cases the EVGA will fit the bill and then some because of how reliable EVGA is. But that being said ASUS definately has an appeal. I have this dream of pairing up a ASUS Card with there high end motherboards.

http://pctuning.tyden.cz/ilustrace3/obermaier/asus_670_dc2/test_system.jpg
Just looking at that pic makes me think http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w... :lol: 
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January 5, 2013 2:07:16 AM

lol yea I would change things in that picture to make it more red and black but you get the idea maybe toss in a neutral color cpu cooler like a h100i and corsair vengeance low profile black colored or red.
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January 5, 2013 2:11:25 AM

timnswede said:
I play pretty much every type of game. I play at 1920x1080. After reading more about the cards, it seems the EVGA has better cooling, as it pushes the air out of the case, so I am kinda leaning towards that one now. It's still the vRAM that I am worried about. Most people say 4 GB is overkill right now, but I don't know what will happen once the next-gen consoles come out.


The next-gen consoles are going to have kind of pathetic graphics chips. By the time you need 4GB VRAM at 1080p the 670 will be woefully obsolete.
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January 5, 2013 2:15:53 AM

I am a asus fanboy so do not ask me or you'll get a bias answer lol!
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January 5, 2013 2:16:39 AM

You will be fine with a 2 gigabyte card sir :)  Unless you are doing something like Skyrim with heavy mods you will be fine with 2 gigabytes. And you will save a little bit in the process money wise by going down to 2 gigabytes. Games right now don't pull 2 gigabytes BF3 gets around 1.5-1.8.
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January 5, 2013 2:17:28 AM

psst! *big will say get the top card* its a jedi mind trick don't listen I mean do get the card he tells you to* :p 
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January 5, 2013 2:23:20 AM

^I has that one and it works great. However like I've stated in other threads I felt like when I called Gigabyte for help that I was calling some corner sushi restaurant just very unprofessional and they were telling me that if I were to RMA the card that I would have a 4 week turn around so YIKES! Luckily my card ended up being okay. With EVGA the turn around is quick as I live near both there headquarters it would take a week in comparison.
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January 5, 2013 2:26:29 AM

I think the Asus,Evga,Msi,Gigabyte are all good choices just get which ever you perfer i perfer my wallet so i would go with the Gigabyte.
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January 5, 2013 2:31:30 AM

They are I just get lemons every now and then from some companies I don't have spare 670's laying around to place in my system and I'm sure you don't either I had to use my integrated intel 3000 graphics for a week once :( 
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January 5, 2013 2:35:25 AM

I paid $379.99 a piece for my cards i don't regret it.I do sometimes wish i just bought one since i do not game daily.
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January 5, 2013 2:37:06 AM

some things big are better in 2's ~wink~
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January 5, 2013 2:40:52 AM

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January 5, 2013 3:16:25 AM

Well just one last question, is there anywhere I can find a chart that compares the temps that the cards run at? Searching for coolest 670 didn't really help me out lol. My room gets rather hot in the summer, so I prefer a card that runs cooler over one that is quieter.
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January 5, 2013 3:22:50 AM

Techpowerup look at those links i posted in those reviews there are temps
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January 5, 2013 3:29:02 AM
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January 5, 2013 3:36:40 AM

They are all very very close to one another
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January 5, 2013 4:53:47 AM

Well thank you guys very much for all the information. I am now deciding between the gigabyte or the evga ftw sig 2, but I have until Friday so I am sure I'll figure out what to get.

Big thanks to bigcyco1 and bigshootr8, both you guys deserve best answer.
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January 5, 2013 4:54:00 AM

Best answer selected by timnswede.
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January 5, 2013 5:24:02 AM

Your very welcome!
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