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Which GTX 670 model to get?

I've been eyeing some GTX 670's and im not 100% sure what to get. I'm not using these cards to overclock, i intend on leaving them at stock speeds. These are cards I've been eyeing:

MSI:
1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685

EVGA:
2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130843
3) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130843


Can someone explain to me the difference in the of the EVGA cards? and why one costs more than the other? And can somebody reccomend some 670's that have good cooling. Please note that these cards have 2 6pin power connectors. I can only connect 2 6pin's, and they must be less than 10.5 inches long.
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  1. Made a mistake linking the EVGA cards: the actual:
    3) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
  2. 1 is 10.51 inches long, the other two are 9.5 and 10.0 inches long. The difference between the two cards is the cooling system, the more expensive one has better cooling.

    I'd wait if I were you, Nvidia is coming out with their 780 next month. Look for price drops of their other stuff to follow.
  3. 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 thing a straight beast!If you prefer to spend less i would go for 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 would be a solid choice for the price imo they currently are going for $389.99 a piece that doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks but it's up to you. 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_Direct_Cu_II/33.html


    ASUS GTX 670 TOP = Silent.
    MSI GTX 670 PE = Better Overclocking.

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/56546-msi-gtx-670-power-edition-oc-review-20.html (670 PE OC)

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/55270-asus-gtx-670-directcu-ii-top-review-20.html (ASUS 670 TOP OC)

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_top_review,23.html (ASUS 670 TOP Overclocking)

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_670_power_edition_oc_review,24.html (MSI 670 PE Overclocking)

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_top_review,9.html (ASUS 670 TOP Temperature)

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_670_power_edition_oc_review,9.html (MSI 670 PE Temperature)

    Pick which you care more about. Nothing is Perfect between those 2 card. If you care more about silent, I would choose ASUS, but if you care more about Overclocking, I would go for 670 PE. Both are Excellent card.
  4. I'm with bigcyco1 on this one
  5. babernet_1 said:
    1 is 10.51 inches long, the other two are 9.5 and 10.0 inches long. The difference between the two cards is the cooling system, the more expensive one has better cooling.

    I'd wait if I were you, Nvidia is coming out with their 780 next month. Look for price drops of their other stuff to follow.

    That's still in the rumour mill and the rumours haven't given it a number, at least not the ones that I've seen.
  6. bigcyco1 said:
    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 thing a straight beast!If you prefer to spend less i would go for 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 would be a solid choice for the price imo they currently are going for $389.99 a piece that doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks but it's up to you. 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_Direct_Cu_II/33.html


    ASUS GTX 670 TOP = Silent.
    MSI GTX 670 PE = Better Overclocking.

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/56546-msi-gtx-670-power-edition-oc-review-20.html (670 PE OC)

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/55270-asus-gtx-670-directcu-ii-top-review-20.html (ASUS 670 TOP OC)

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_top_review,23.html (ASUS 670 TOP Overclocking)

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_670_power_edition_oc_review,24.html (MSI 670 PE Overclocking)

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_top_review,9.html (ASUS 670 TOP Temperature)

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_670_power_edition_oc_review,9.html (MSI 670 PE Temperature)

    Pick which you care more about. Nothing is Perfect between those 2 card. If you care more about silent, I would choose ASUS, but if you care more about Overclocking, I would go for 670 PE. Both are Excellent card.



    The ASUS card yo ureccomended is too big for my case. input is still greatly appreciated!
  7. Mousemonkey said:
    That's still in the rumour mill and the rumours haven't given it a number, at least not the ones that I've seen.


    Do you think It'll effect the prices on the 670's though? I cant find a release date and id like this upgrade soon :??:
  8. PirateGaming said:
    Do you think It'll effect the prices on the 670's though? I cant find a release date and id like this upgrade soon :??:


    780 coming out next month.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Titan-Nvidia-GK110-gpu-tesla,20614.html
  9. They always do.
  10. PirateGaming said:
    The ASUS card yo ureccomended is too big for my case. input is still greatly appreciated!
    No problem. :)
  11. babernet_1 said:
    1 is 10.51 inches long, the other two are 9.5 and 10.0 inches long. The difference between the two cards is the cooling system, the more expensive one has better cooling.

    I'd wait if I were you, Nvidia is coming out with their 780 next month. Look for price drops of their other stuff to follow.


    Thanks for clearing that up, i currently have GTX 560 ti superclocked, how much do you think i can sell that for? it'll make getting my 670 a lot easier
  12. babernet_1 said:


    Quote:
    Availability is rumoured to be around the end of February with a hefty price tag of $899.


    The key word at the bottom of the article.
  13. PirateGaming said:
    Do you think It'll effect the prices on the 670's though? I cant find a release date and id like this upgrade soon :??:

    I wouldn't factor it into any decisions if you're buying or need to buy something now.
  14. You can consider some pre-overclocked cards like Gigabyte WF 3 OC. Its benchmark is better than EVGA's

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/54705-gigabyte-gtx-670-windforce-oc-review-3.html
  15. okay, so i got the card right, and im pretty sure my PSU can handle it, but just to be safe, can you tell me if the PSU can handlt the EVGA FTW S2 card:

    ULTRA lsp 650w psu, 1 12V+ RAIL @ 38Amps. if it means anything i have an i5 2500k, 8 gigs @1600mhz (2x4sticks), 1 1TB HDD, and no additional fans.
  16. 680 4gb ftw.
  17. Anonymous said:
    680 4gb ftw.


    He asked for 670. Why recommend a card that cost significantly more with a very, very small performance increase and pointless amount of VRAM for a single monitor?
  18. Anonymous said:
    680 4gb ftw.


    680 is a good card but its way out of my budget, the best i can afford is a 670. If you have a actual GTX 670 card to reccomend it'll be greatly appreciated!
  19. Best answer
    Ignore soldier2013 - a 2GB 670 will be equally good on a 1080p, 60hz monitor. (The 680 is at best 5% faster than a 670; 2-3% faster after overclocking both.... that's not worth another $100. As for the matter of the VRAM, it doesn't make the card faster in any way - it will slow down a card if there's not enough to hold frames, but 2GB is MORE than enough (1GB is still enough) for 1080p, and adding more after that does nothing for performance.)

    You're fine with that PSU, but the fact that you have no additional fans signals something to me: You want the normal FTW edition, NOT the signature 2 edition. The Sig2 has better cooling for the CARD, but it vents hot air back into the case - the normal FTW vents air out the back of the case, which is better cooling for everything else if you don't have great airflow.
  20. I just built a new computer a month ago and I had roughly the same question as you. But I'm gonna give a lot of love to the Gigabyte gtx 670 I just bought.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    I absolutely love it. It runs every game I own so far at or above 60 FPS. This includes Counter Strike: Global Offensive, May Payne 3, Red Orchestra II (which doesn't use too many resources but great game :P), Assassin's Creed III, Borderlands 2, Alan Wake, Left 4 Dead 2, and so on. It runs super cool and so far a month and a half later after build I'm still loving it.

    It has a higher core and boost clock than the Asus's listed above, generally speaking. The Gigabyte however is a bit larger than the Asus's I think by an inch.
  21. Fruhstuck said:
    I just built a new computer a month ago and I had roughly the same question as you. But I'm gonna give a lot of love to the Gigabyte gtx 670 I just bought.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    I absolutely love it. It runs every game I own so far at or above 60 FPS. This includes Counter Strike: Global Offensive, May Payne 3, Red Orchestra II (which doesn't use too many resources but great game :P), Assassin's Creed III, Borderlands 2, Alan Wake, Left 4 Dead 2, and so on. It runs super cool and so far a month and a half later after build I'm still loving it.


    I would get that but, it doesnt fit in my case(HAF912) without removing the HDD cage which are being used :/ looks like a sweet card. I've made a decision though. I'm going to be getting this card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130843
  22. PirateGaming said:
    I would get that but, it doesnt fit in my case(HAF912) without removing the HDD cage which are being used :/ looks like a sweet card. I've made a decision though. I'm going to be getting this card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130843


    I highly suggest that you go back and read what I wrote - you'll get better cooling overall in your setup if you get the cheaper card.
  23. Yea it is a large card. If you haven't bought the case already though and you're willing to spend a bit extra money for a full size case like I did. Take a look at the Corsair Carbide 400r or the 500r.

    400r: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

    500r: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010

    It's pretty much the same case but more up to date options and I think its layout is better. I winded up buying a Cooler Master Stryker as my final choice when Newegg had a crazy sale and rebate on it but the two above were two that I was considering to buy.

    Whatever you choose though I think you're gonna have a great gaming machine!

    Happy building and Gaming,
    Fruhstuck
  24. get the gigabyte version, it is an all-rounder card.... its between silence, cooling, and performance....


    check it here:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-16.html
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX_670_Windforce/33.html
  25. DarkSable said:
    Ignore soldier2013 - a 2GB 670 will be equally good on a 1080p, 60hz monitor. (The 680 is at best 5% faster than a 670; 2-3% faster after overclocking both.... that's not worth another $100. As for the matter of the VRAM, it doesn't make the card faster in any way - it will slow down a card if there's not enough to hold frames, but 2GB is MORE than enough (1GB is still enough) for 1080p, and adding more after that does nothing for performance.)

    You're fine with that PSU, but the fact that you have no additional fans signals something to me: You want the normal FTW edition, NOT the signature 2 edition. The Sig2 has better cooling for the CARD, but it vents hot air back into the case - the normal FTW vents air out the back of the case, which is better cooling for everything else if you don't have great airflow.


    Thats exactly the type of answer i was looking for dude, really appreciate it. Thanks for your help man! :D
  26. Best answer selected by PirateGaming.
  27. Of course; glad I could help.
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