EVGA GTX 670 FTW+ 4GB vs EVGA GTX 680

So i am planning on upgrading my XFX HD 5770 1GB in july but I am on a budget of £350,
i am looking for cards that don't really exceed 80c and are decently quiet as my XFX 5770 is loud as hell and hits 87c.

I found out that an EVGA GTX 670 FTW+ 4GB OC is the same price as the EVGA GTX 680 standard so i was wondering what one i should pick up as i have heard a GTX 670 OC'd will beat a GTX 680 so i searched but i cannot see a benchmark or information regarding these 2 cards put against each other.

I am open to other cards if anyone has any suggestions!

Thanks :D
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  1. If you can find a way to utilize the 4 gigabytes of memory then sure go for it otherwise I would say a normal 670 will do the trick. I wouldn't purchase a 680. I feel the better value goes to the 7970 and the 7970 ghz when looking in spending the amount you would with the 680.
  2. 4GB is only useful for multiple monitor situations. Extra RAM will not put a 670 above a 680 in normal gaming resolutions. It's the "FTW+" factory overclocking that would make that 670 better than a regular 680 in your example.

    If I were you, and you want to stick with EVGA, I would look for the EVGA Signature 2 series, which has non-reference cooling to help you hit those lower temperatures and thus enable higher, more consistent Turbo Boost clocks.
  3. Yea I'm fond of the signature 2 cards as well get the best cooling situation you can with a reference card maker because you will be limited to the blower style fan otherwise.
  4. As said above you don't need the 4Gb unless you game well over 1080p or with mulitple monitors depending also on the game. I have the 4Gb 680 for my 2560 x 1600 display and I think it helps more so than the 2Gb version but again depends on the game. Crysis 3 Beta it seems to help the most from my tests.
  5. the ftw cards are probably the worse in terms of temps compared to the aftermarket solutions out there such as the asus directcu, gigabyte windforce, and the msi power editions. i have a gigabyte windforce 670 at 1300mhz and it runs at 60c full load after a week of folding@home

    4gb cards are useless. if you are going high res, go get a better performing 7970. if you need physx for borderlands 2 at high res, then think about a 4gb 670
  6. Ah thanks, i thought the old Dual fan EVGA cards from the 500 series were loud apparently so i stayed away from them, are these ones loud compared to the old DS cards?

    Thanks for all the information guys :3
  7. they are louder than the gigabyte fans for sure. they arent quite, but they are quieter
  8. TheBigTroll said:
    they are louder than the gigabyte fans for sure. they arent quite, but they are quieter


    Are you sure ? :

    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX_670_Windforce/images/fannoise_load.gif
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/images/fannoise_load.gif

    Get the evga 670 gtx signature 2 if you want the best customer support, if not get the gigabyte windforce 3x, it's a good card, it's not better, but it's much more cheaper, you can find one at 370$ after mir.
  9. you do notice that it was overclocked right?
  10. It came from factory that way, it was not a manual overclock.
    The signature 2 has a higher oc from factory than the gigabyte oc, so i don't think that's the problem.
  11. I think when you compare aftermarket cards you are going into the ability to push cards further perhaps, cooler temperatures, and more quiet operation however I'm sure a signature 2 will be more then enough to fit the bill.
  12. This Gigabyte card doesn't OC as well as some others albeit it is factory OC'ed a little. It is a very quiet card. This was made later after the 660 TI's so its not in any reviews I have seen. The same cooler is on Gigabytes 660 TI's if you want a point of reference for sound.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125438
  13. the 670 windforce does not use the 660ti windforce cooler. they are different. i think you are talking about the windforce 2x edition gtx 670.

    mine clearly overclocks to 1300mhz at boost so i dont see the point of it not being able to overclock well
  14. Well it depends on what version of the 670 you purchase if you get the non oc version then yes you get the same cooler the 2 fan design and when you get the oc version you get the 680 pcb and the 3 fan design.

    I know I have one :)
  15. Ok i guess i have decided on getting the 2GB Signature 2 670 considering it's in my price range and is cool and quiet,

    Thanks again guys!
  16. Good choice hope you enjoy it :) If you have a camera it would be way cool if you could test the acoustics of the card. I've only seen a guy show off two 680 sig 2's in sli. It's around the 4:05 mark.

  17. TheBigTroll said:
    the 670 windforce does not use the 660ti windforce cooler. they are different. i think you are talking about the windforce 2x edition gtx 670.

    mine clearly overclocks to 1300mhz at boost so i dont see the point of it not being able to overclock well



    The cards I was referencing use the same cooler with 2x 100mm fans and they both have the same PCB layout:

    http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4320#ov
    http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4282#ov
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