Originally Posted by bigal1542
The GB will definitely be quieter and cooler, but if clocks are more important to you, you should have a look here:
The FTW has much better OCing potential than the GB based on what people here have seen.
I currently have 2 in SLI and couldn't be happier, the external exhaust was too important when considering SLI.
Much better POTENTIAL? I dunno about that
Here's my GB 670 at 1391/3386 ... lemme know when you see an FTW pull this off
Note also that despite this OC, the temps are around 54C, at only 56% fan speed. Barely audible. To keep an FTW at 54C fully OC'd you'd need the fan to be blasting.
Also the thread you linked shows that FTW gives you slightly better odds of hitting 1300 or more than a GB, but it's not dramatically different odds, really.
As of the current stats, it's basically (9/18) odds = 50% of FTW's hitting 1300+, and (13/29) = 45% of GB's hitting 1300+.
But on the flip-side of that equation, you have (3/18) odds = 16% of FTW's hitting LESS than 1200MHz, and only (2/29) = 6% of GB's hitting less than 1200MHz
The FTW is definitely better at exhausting warm air from the case, and evga's customer service is 2nd to none, but the GB is cooler and quieter, and by far most of the very top OC'ers have been GB cards, although admittedly like I said above the stats show that on average a slightly higher % of FTW's are hitting 1300+.
I love my GB, I wouldn't trade it for world ... but I did get a fairly golden card