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Just like the the title suggests, which one and why?

Or would you go with a 3rd option, and wait for the MSI custom one? Maybe they might call it an OC/PE like the GTX 570's did
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The Asus version costs a bit more (around $450), but comes with software to easily overclock it and other various hardware improvements (8 + 6 power connector, custom heatsink, fans, etc).

The Gigabyte has almost the same specs, but no software that I know of and costs $400.

To be honest regardless of which one you choose you will win since they are both meant for overclocking.
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Asus but personally before I buy one I want to see what msi brings to the table.
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The ASUS has one benefit I believe that puts it over the Gigabyte, which is I read they unlocked the voltage on the board and replaced the voltage regulator chip as well. Whether that's worth $50 more, well.....maybe if you're planning on doing some liquid cooling or something more extreme than that. For a standard end user, the difference between ASUS and Gigabyte is going to be minimal on the GTX 670, from what I can tell (unless changing the voltage really makes that much of a difference in the potential air-cooled overclocks).

Actually, one other thing ASUS did extra: They put a backplate on their card.
Edited by Taikero - 5/11/12 at 2:02pm
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Originally Posted by Taikero View Post

The ASUS has one benefit I believe that puts it over the Gigabyte, which is I read they unlocked the voltage on the board and replaced the voltage regulator chip as well. Whether that's worth $50 more, well.....maybe if you're planning on doing some liquid cooling or something more extreme than that. For a standard end user, the difference between ASUS and Gigabyte is going to be minimal on the GTX 670, from what I can tell (unless changing the voltage really makes that much of a difference in the potential air-cooled overclocks).
I read that it will be priced at $419.99.
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I read that it will be prices at $419.99.

Oh! Heck then buy the Asus! Haha.
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I'm a casual overclocker I guess...I don't plan to put it under water or run extreme benchmark scores....I just want the "max" OC for great gaming performance...so I'm guessing, even with the locked voltage, it should still be okay? But for those seeking crazy benchmark scores, the locked voltage might not suffice?
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I'm a casual overclocker I guess...I don't plan to put it under water or run extreme benchmark scores....I just want the "max" OC for great gaming performance...so I'm guessing, even with the locked voltage, it should still be okay? But for those seeking crazy benchmark scores, the locked voltage might not suffice?

If you just want the best gaming performance due to overclock, then I would save a few dollars and buy the Gigabyte. Reviews have shown that the Gigabyte really does an excellent job on gaming benchmarks and sometimes matches the GTX 680. http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-gtx-670-oc-windforce-3x-2gb-review/15831-3.html
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The Asus version costs a bit more (around $450), but comes with software to easily overclock it and other various hardware improvements (8 + 6 power connector, custom heatsink, fans, etc).
The Gigabyte has almost the same specs, but no software that I know of and costs $400.
To be honest regardless of which one you choose you will win since they are both meant for overclocking.
Asus doesn't have 8+6 connectors, Gigabyte does.
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My mistake then.
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