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Evga 680 classified vs. evga 680 hydro copper

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January 7, 2013 10:47:40 PM

Alright. So I was planning on going with a evga 680 classified 4gb graphics card. I am doing a water cooling set up. So I was going to get the hydro copper water block for this card. But, if I'm going to spend over an extra 100+ dollars on the water block for this card, should I just upgrade to the hydro copper card?

My concerns: the 680 classified has 4gbs, and the hydro only has 2.
Now I'm going to use the card to be running 3 monitors. Before you say I should sli, I will be later, but As of right now, i do not have that type of a budget for two cards.

So my question, what will be the better card for me? Should I go with the 680 classified 4gb and get the hydro copper water block for it, or should I get the 680 hydro copper 2gb?

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a b U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:35:23 AM

For that price you could 2 7950's.
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:36:56 AM

for future proofing id get the 4 gig version and get the 100$ hydro copper cooler for the 680, as ud get good watercooling plus 4 gigs of vram.

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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:54:19 AM

Get two cheap 670 gtx, for a triple monitor setup.
The hydro copper must be even more that two of those lol :

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-video-card-vcggtx670xp...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42670k...

It's not hard to find waterblocks for those two.

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_670_SLI/im...
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_670_SLI/im...
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_670_SLI/im...

You can expect more fps, since the drivers have gone much better.
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 3:01:13 AM

he seems set on a gtx 680. and a water block, but 2x 670s isnt a bad idea, except ud need a waterblock for each would prob cost more for 2x slis + 2 waterblocks than 1 gtx 680+waterblock.

but interesting option there django
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January 8, 2013 3:08:58 AM

iceclock said:
he seems set on a gtx 680. and a water block, but 2x 670s isnt a bad idea, except ud need a waterblock for each would prob cost more for 2x slis + 2 waterblocks than 1 gtx 680+waterblock.

but interesting option there django


Yeah, I'm pretty set at the 680's. and that's what I was thinking if I got two 670'a because I'd need to get two water blocks
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 3:11:27 AM

ditto
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 3:28:47 AM

Well you can get two now for performance, then get the waterblocks, it's not gonna overheat, two blower style coolers are good for SLI, it's a pretty good "temporary" solution.
One card is not good enough for the resolution(5760x1080), like i said.
Also the waterblocks for reference 670 gtx are cheaper( get the two latter).

Also the waterblocks for the 680 gtx classified 4GB are hard to find nowadays.
So if you want the hydro copper 680 gtx 2GB, it's gonna cost a lot, and it's not worth it, no evga evbot, and when you'll be needing another it will cost a lot, if available.
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January 8, 2013 3:35:52 AM

djangoringo said:
Well you can get two now for performance, then get the waterblocks, it's not gonna overheat, two blower style coolers are good for SLI, it's a pretty good "temporary" solution.
One card is not good enough for the resolution(5760x1080), like i said.
Also the waterblocks for reference 670 gtx are cheaper( get the two latter).

Also the waterblocks for the 680 gtx classified 4GB are hard to find nowadays.


Problem is, if I get the water blocks later, I'll have to empty out the water, and add more tubes, and change my water cooling set up, which will be annoying. So if anything I'll be buying it all at once.
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 3:40:08 AM

do u really need 2 gtx 680s, or would u be happy with 2x670s+2waterblocks of course for which ever u choose,

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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 3:53:11 AM

How much costs the hydro copper 680 gtx 2GB(it should be around 800$) ?
The evga 680 gtx classified, it's gonna be hard to find the hydro copper block, and the backplate for it.
You can have two 670 gtx reference + waterblocks for ~900$.
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January 8, 2013 4:28:30 AM

djangoringo said:
How much costs the hydro copper 680 gtx 2GB(it should be around 800$) ?
The evga 680 gtx classified, it's gonna be hard to find the hydro copper block, and the backplate for it.
You can have two 670 gtx reference + waterblocks for ~900$.

It's not hard to find, it's right on the evga website
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 4:39:18 AM

Yes, it's says the price, but it's not available, nor the backplate.
I still recommend going with two reference 670 gtx, depending on what you need you can pass the watercooling setup(if you don't spend anything yet), two 670 gtx will be good for triple monitor, blower style cooler is good enough for sli.
Or spend in two waterblocks for it.
If not well then, get what you want.
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January 8, 2013 6:04:36 AM

djangoringo said:
Yes, it's says the price, but it's not available, nor the backplate.
I still recommend going with two reference 670 gtx, depending on what you need you can pass the watercooling setup(if you don't spend anything yet), two 670 gtx will be good for triple monitor, blower style cooler is good enough for sli.
Or spend in two waterblocks for it.


If not well then, get what you want.

Alright, you might have just talked me into two 670's. but I would like the 4gb ftw version. Do you know where I can get a water block for it? (I know that the fan will keep it cool but I still want to water cool it)

My only problem: my motherboard (Asus p8 z77-v lk) has only one pciex16 3 slot. I know I could put a card in the pciex16 2 slot, but the problem is, the pcie 3 and the pcie 2 slots are very close to each other so I'm not sure two 670 ftw's will fit in a sli set up on my mobo.

My motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 1:08:58 PM

i really doubt with ur slots being that close that u can fit 2 water cooled cards in there, id say just invest in a 690 with a watercooler save urself alot of trouble :p 

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January 8, 2013 1:34:26 PM

iceclock said:
http://koolance.com/vid-nx690-video-card-vga-nvidia-gef...

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

total would be 1200$ but ud have ur dual 680 setup right there without space issues in mind.


And the single 690 will be able to run 3 monitors, with a good fps on games like battlefield 3 and games like that? I just want to make sure before I'd make a decision to get that card.

One more question: will I need the back plate for this card. Because when I was looking in on the 680 classified, you had to have the backplate in order to install the hydro copper water block. So if I get the hydro copper waterblock for the gtx 690, will I need the 690 backplate?

But if it will run 3 monitors good, then I think the 690 is my best option as it would be cheaper than a 680 sli set up.
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:09:22 PM

+1 to bigmack70s, tru dat.

yeah ur gonna get close to 680s sli performance, and overclocked can beat a sli 680s.
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January 8, 2013 2:12:03 PM

iceclock said:
+1 to bigmack70s, tru dat.

yeah ur gonna get close to 680s sli performance, and overclocked can beat a sli 680s.

Just have one question about the water block. I wanted tobget the hydro copper block for the 690. But the ones I'm finding have "signature" written on the block. Is this water block compatible with the regular 690?

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/evhycowaforg1.html
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:23:07 PM

EVGA has released its Hydrocopper waterblock for reference design GTX 690 video cards!

meaning basic 690s should work with it, if u need contact evga just to make shur but im 90% shur its compatible :) 
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January 8, 2013 2:28:56 PM

iceclock said:
EVGA has released its Hydrocopper waterblock for reference design GTX 690 video cards!

meaning basic 690s should work with it, if u need contact evga just to make shur but im 90% shur its compatible :) 

Alright :) . One final question, will I need the backplate to install the hydro copper block on the 690? Because for the 680 I saw that you needed the backplate to install the hydro copper.
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:32:38 PM

doesnt it come with a backplate?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:33:07 PM

Get two 670 gtx 2GB reference cards, it fits the slots, with the waterblocks for reference cards available for the two 670 gtx.
It fit's your mobo.
I couldn't answered at that time, i wasn't here.
A 690 gtx has in reality 2GB of ram, so you're better of with two 670 gtx 2GB, same performance, much less cost.
You can have two cards+waterblocks for less the price of one 690 gtx.
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January 8, 2013 2:35:23 PM

iceclock said:
doesnt it come with a backplate?

You think a thousand dollar card would come with a backplate huh? I was surprised when I found out it didn't
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:35:24 PM

u do realise the 690 has the performance of two 680s right, what ur suggesting is less performance for somewhat a bit less money, considering waterblocks are still 100$ each, cards are 360$ thats 720+200$=920$+shipping, for a bit more he can get a gtx 690 and get better performance, money isnt an issue here, so i think the 690+waterblock would be optimal for him.

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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:37:35 PM

iceclock said:
u do realise the 690 has the performance of two 680s right, what ur suggesting is less performance for somewhat a bit less money, considering waterblocks are still 100$ each, cards are 360$ thats 720+200$=920$+shipping, for a bit more he can get a gtx 690 and get better performance, money isnt an issue here, so i think the 690+waterblock would be optimal for him.



It's 1200$ total the 690 gtx, with just 2GB RAM, same as the 670 gtx.
Performance wise, value is one the two 670 gtx, it's a LOT cheaper, same performance.
The 690 gtx works as any other SLI cards
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:39:32 PM

that model hes getting is 2x2gigs bro, total of 4gigs :) ,
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

4 gigs not 2 :) 

and more performance than 2x670s more like 2x680s and when overclocked more than that.

yeah its weird u pay 1k for a card or so and no backplate wtf.

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January 8, 2013 2:41:21 PM

iceclock said:
that model hes getting is 2x2gigs bro, total of 4gigs :) ,
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

4 gigs not 2 :) 

and more performance than 2x670s more like 2x680s and when overclocked more than that.

yeah its weird u pay 1k for a card or so and no backplate wtf.

Exactly what I was thinking. Do you know where I can get one ? I've looked around with no luck as all of them are out of stock :/ 
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:45:35 PM

iceclock said:
that model hes getting is 2x2gigs bro, total of 4gigs :) ,
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

4 gigs not 2 :) 

and more performance than 2x670s more like 2x680s and when overclocked more than that.

yeah its weird u pay 1k for a card or so and no backplate wtf.



What are you talking about, it's 2 x 2GB (it's mirrored)
It's 2GB as two 2GB 670 gtx.
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 2:54:36 PM

its good advice if he had less money, but if he can afford it why not go all out, and get the superior 690 :) , i mean in no way is a gtx 670 close to a 680 in performance unless heavily overclocked :p 

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January 8, 2013 2:59:04 PM

iceclock said:
i agree, its 2x2gbs, but i talt u meant 2gigs in all, i think we misunderstood each other :p 

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71946&vpn=04G-P4-2692-...

avaible but within 10 days max, u can still get it tho :) 

I think we had a mis understanding as well lol. I was just talking about the backplate for it. I can't seem to find the backplate for the 690. (Unless the one you gave me a link to has a backplate idk...)

But I'll probably end up getting that one just to be on the safe side because its a signature, and the hydro is a signature, (even though a regular 690 is compatible, I'd rather be totally safe xD)
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January 8, 2013 3:38:35 PM

Guys: I'm really set on getting a 690. So I don't really think I'm going to be pursuaded otherwise about it.

But, does anyone know where the 690 signature backplates are ?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 3:46:40 PM

It's your money, also keep in mind that it's just 2GB of ram in reality, like 2x2GB cards.
You see you had cheaper and good ways for the setup, didn't know why getting the 690 gtx, when it's even more expensive than the other suggestions.
Like the two 670 GTX FTW 4GB, it fits the mobo, as long as it's not a triple slot it fits, it leaves a slot behind the two pcie slots.
So you can have two of those http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That you like, no need for backplate, FTW has the same performance as a stock 680 GTX, has 4GB, cheaper.
You need two waterblocks from a reference 680 gtx : http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16261/ex-blc-1138/EK_...

If not then good luck with the 690 gtx.
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January 8, 2013 4:01:19 PM

djangoringo said:
If you want 680 gtx, get this : 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17369/ex-blc-1343/EK_...

Besides the 680 gtx classified the MSI lightning is the second fastest, it overclocks like a beast, two of those is much more better than a 690 gtx.
No need for backblate.

This is just one card : http://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_680_Lightning/images/...


The reason why i took the 690 into consideration, is because i was afraid that two 680's wouldn't fit right next to each other. I was originally going with two 680's. if I went with the two of them, I would probably save for the evga 680 classifieds. Would that fit on my mobo with two slots next to each other?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 4:03:03 PM

Yes, two slots fits, it leave one slot between the two pcie slots.
I recommend going with the 670 you chose, the FTW+ 4GB.
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January 8, 2013 4:05:50 PM

djangoringo said:
Yes, two slots fits, it leave one slot between the two pcie slots.
I recommend going with the 670 you chose, the FTW+ 4GB.

Alright. But, if price didnt matter, would you go with the two 680 4gb classifieds or two 670 ftw 4gb. Is the performance between these two cards very different?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 4:12:26 PM

The 680 gtx 4GB Classified overclocks better(not so much now, since it's not shipped nowadays with evbot), has better performance, but, two 670 FTW 4GB are the best value, it's not hard to find waterblocks for that, it uses the reference pcb of a 680 gtx(only the FTW versions) so any waterblock from a reference 680 gtx will do.
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January 8, 2013 4:23:42 PM

djangoringo said:
The 680 gtx 4GB Classified overclocks better(not so much now, since it's not shipped nowadays with evbot), has better performance, but, two 670 FTW 4GB are the best value, it's not hard to find waterblocks for that, it uses the reference pcb of a 680 gtx(only the FTW versions) so any waterblock from a reference 680 gtx will do.


Alright (: think I'll be going with the 670's then. It comes out to be around 1088 for the two cards+water blocks. Which is just a little bit cheaper than the 690, with more gb and better preformance. Thanks :) 
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January 8, 2013 4:24:15 PM

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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 8, 2013 4:52:38 PM

not better performance but cheaper yes, enjoy ur dual sli setup :) 

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