Originally Posted by waylonrobert
From what I've read, that's an accurate statement.
The TOP comes factory overclocked, and is likely to clock higher since the TOP chips have been binned higher - meaning that they performed above average and so they were labeled as TOP chips and overclocked from ASUS. The TOP cards will pretty much all easily OC past their factory OC - How much so is a silicon lottery.
The non-TOP cards are a crap shoot. They may OC just as well as a TOP card - or they may not have even made TOP specs for the factory Asus OC, and therefore will never OC very well.
I feel like with the Asus 670's - if you do not get a TOP card, you MAY be more likely to get a card that didn't apply for TOP status, and so your GPU is going to OC like butt.
This is why if I got an Asus, which I'm going to, I'd go for TOP - because an Asus non-top - is, theoretically - quite likely to be an under performer- hence why it wasn't sold as a TOP. I am willing for pay the extra couple of bucks for something that is guaranteed to be a decent overclocker, since it comes from the factory with a decent OC as it is. I would avoid the non-TOP personally, because I feel like a large percentage of those cards are ones that did not make TOP status and will not OC very well.
If overclocking isn't a concern, then it's still a great card.. but I feel like the $10 makes it hard not to just get the TOP. Asus seems like they shot themselves in the foot here, and should have either charged $10 more for the TOP or $10 less for the non-top.