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post #1 of 12
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I'm looking at 2 versions of the GTX670. Asus DirectCUII 2GB and EVGA 4GB.
The cost is $10 difference where I am for it.
They say the Asus is better cooling over the turbine style of the EVGA.

I play at 1920x1080 and like to do video recording of my gaming sometimes. Will be playing SWTOR and GW2 mainly, with Skyrim at times.
Would the 4GB help in any way and endure the noisey fan or get the 2GB Asus with quieter cooling?

Thank you all for any comments you have on this.
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If you are planning to play games at 1920*1080, like me, then 2 GB will be fine. Only time you might use up the memory in the Video Card is if you have a lot of mods installed on Skyrim, or are planning to play on multiple monitors.

And yes the Asus does have better cooling and is quieter, though I've read the EVGA isn't too bad either.
Edited by HydrogenHuman - 5/11/12 at 2:33pm
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I do have lots of mods for Skyrim. Kinda of a modaholic in that way.

Multi monitor is very unlikely to happen, just the $10 more for 4GB is what on my mind.
I'm getting the HAF X case for better cooling and maybe later watercooling.

I will be doing video editing and video recording within game. Not sure how that affects perofrmance on video cards.
This is new to me for higher end cards.

I do see many picked the Asus card so far.
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Hmm, if you're planning to do that sort of thing, then I may revert what I said and have you go with the 4 GB. The only thing that changed my mind about it is that you said you do heavy video editing and want to play Skyrim at the same time. I don't know a whole lot about video editing so take what I say with a grain of salt but I read on one website that the more memory you have on your video card for a video editing program, the better. This is likely due to the fact that it has to buffer video frames, then it has to pre-render frames, things like that.
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There are pros and cons to axial type fans... GPU temp may be a bit lower but it does not exhaust the hot air outside of the chassis so ambient temp may be a bit higher... its a tradeoff.

As for 4GB vs. 2GB, if it was surround it's a no brainer, but for single monitor most games will not use over 1.5GB in most settings...

But if you plan to keep the card for a while, you are probably better off with 4GB, as texture resolution's increase for next gen the memory footprint increases as well... especially if you use AA with this.
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Originally Posted by EVGA-JacobF View Post

There are pros and cons to axial type fans... GPU temp may be a bit lower but it does not exhaust the hot air outside of the chassis so ambient temp may be a bit higher... its a tradeoff.
As for 4GB vs. 2GB, if it was surround it's a no brainer, but for single monitor most games will not use over 1.5GB in most settings...
But if you plan to keep the card for a while, you are probably better off with 4GB, as texture resolution's increase for next gen the memory footprint increases as well... especially if you use AA with this.

Even though he's probably partial (rolleyes.gif), he's right about the cooling. The Direct Cu will give you better GPU temps but dump heat back in while the reference cooler will exhaust out the back and they usually provide better VRM/Memory cooling (although I'm not sure about the Direct Cu). If you have tons of mods then the 4GB card might be worth it but as Jacob said, usually 2GB is enough. Also, from what I've heard, EVGA has excellent customer service while there were a couple of horror stories about Asus' customer service recently, mainly about their motherboards. Not such things with EVGA.

With all that information, I'd say it's your call from now on. If you want some serious overclocking, the Direct Cu might be better.

P.S. Will you run the card on that X4 630? You're probably going to be bottlenecked. I'd look into a 955 BE or something like that too.
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You can max out skyrim at 1080p, with Bethesda's Official High Resolution Texture Pack, Skyrim Flora Overhaul, Lush Grass, and Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux, which are some of the more popular and demanding mods, and the game still only uses about 1.6-1.8gb of VRAM. That's not to say having more VRAM wouldn't show some benefit, because it would, but it would be quite minimal. Hard to conclusively say which will be better in the long run, but right now the Asus would be the better card. When the times comes when you need over 2gb of VRAM you could just sell your 670 and upgrade (which is probably not going to be until the next gen consoles in all honesty given the current trend of game design).

Edit: And i'll also add to what the others have said, having non-reference cooling is really only a negative if you have a small case with poor cooling. It's a non-issue with decent air-flow.
Edited by SeanPoe - 5/11/12 at 5:38pm
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You can max out skyrim at 1080p, with Bethesda's Official High Resolution Texture Pack, Skyrim Flora Overhaul, Lush Grass, and Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux, which are some of the more popular and demanding mods, and the game still only uses about 1.6-1.8gb of VRAM. That's not to say having more VRAM wouldn't show some benefit, because it would, but it would be quite minimal. Hard to conclusively say which will be better in the long run, but right now the Asus would be the better card. When the times comes when you need over 2gb of VRAM you could just sell your 670 and upgrade (which is probably not going to be until the next gen consoles in all honesty given the current trend of game design).
Edit: And i'll also add to what the others have said, having non-reference cooling is really only a negative if you have a small case with poor cooling. It's a non-issue with decent air-flow.

That's cutting it awfully close. I hate compromises. ASUS could have easily solved this problem by releasing a 4GB DC2T model at $500USD.
post #9 of 12
The 4GB will not help much @ 1920x1080
Go for the ASUS one. thumb.gif
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I'm looking to get a 670 and I'm not planning on having it for longer than a year. I was wondering how you guys think a 2gb 670 will do at 2560x1440 with a single monitor, should I wait for the 4gb's to show up?
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