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I returned my Giga 1185mhz boost and I finally got my new non-TOP ASUS few days ago. I paid $30 extra to get this card. Out of the box the boost was set 1071Mhz. After hours of testing Heaven and playing BF3 without any vsync (BAD FOR TESTING and IMHO NOT RECOMMENDED when testing o/c stability)... I found the card stable at 1236Mhz boost on core and 3400 on memory. Also I had to use custom fan profile. SeanPoe's o/c guide helped a lot (big thanks thumb.gif ) I was using EVGA app, and then I went back to Afterburner which I've used for the last several years. I haven't seen much difference when o/c, the voltage increase did not help me much.

my final settings are:
PB: 122
CC: +165
MC: + 400

Overall I'm very happy from the card. thumb.gif

I do recommend BF3 64 men server without any ADAPTIVE VSYNC on as FINAL TEST (much better than Heaven), with adapative vsync on even my unstable o/c was good... since the GPU is constantly throttled to produce only 60FPS...

@nemm thanks for the tip on reapplying thermal paste. I will do that, if it helps temps it will cut down on fan noise thumb.gif I'll post back my results. What past have you used? I'm planning to use MX-4.

Thanks EVERYONE for all your help... wink.gif
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No problem and I use mx4 also, its a very good compound.

Just waiting for my new card to arrive before I commence another round of testing, lets hope im lucky this time.

Ill post the results later, might even clock down the top and test SLI setup out of curiosity to see how it compares to my old 6950 XF.
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So i decided to finally pickup some new toys this friday.

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Asus GTX 670 TOP
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4x4gb Corsair

I wasnt sure about the video card at first, having read alot of bad reviews on this forum. It was between that or a FTW EVGA. I still wasnt sure, but picked up the Asus as it would be quiter then the EVGA from what i read.

So having said all that, i put it in my Old rig (Q6600) just to test it out and make sure it is fine out of the box. I have been running Heaven on it for the past hour. What else can i do to test it out fully ? Id rather find out now before i am unable to return the card into the store.

I downloaded precision X and used the suggested fan curve. I didnt max the voltage yet as i want to see if it can run fine with it dropping down to 1.162 every now and then.

It seems stabe at 1293 max so far.
I dont have BF3 to test it, what else should i do to fully test this card before i take apart my old computer?

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I returned my Giga 1185mhz boost and I finally got my new non-TOP ASUS few days ago. I paid $30 extra to get this card. Out of the box the boost was set 1071Mhz. After hours of testing Heaven and playing BF3 without any vsync (BAD FOR TESTING and IMHO NOT RECOMMENDED when testing o/c stability)... I found the card stable at 1236Mhz boost on core and 3400 on memory. Also I had to use custom fan profile. SeanPoe's o/c guide helped a lot (big thanks thumb.gif ) I was using EVGA app, and then I went back to Afterburner which I've used for the last several years. I haven't seen much difference when o/c, the voltage increase did not help me much.
my final settings are:
PB: 122
CC: +165
MC: + 400
Overall I'm very happy from the card. thumb.gif
I do recommend BF3 64 men server without any ADAPTIVE VSYNC on as FINAL TEST (much better than Heaven), with adapative vsync on even my unstable o/c was good... since the GPU is constantly throttled to produce only 60FPS...
@nemm thanks for the tip on reapplying thermal paste. I will do that, if it helps temps it will cut down on fan noise thumb.gif I'll post back my results. What past have you used? I'm planning to use MX-4.
Thanks EVERYONE for all your help... wink.gif

BE VERY CAREFUL REPLACING THERMAL PASTE ON A GPU. From my experience temps are only ever worse or on par with stock after replacing it, even with good paste like Diamond IC 7. It took 5 attempts before i even got sensible temps when i replaced the TIM on my old GTX 580 and it needed LOADS of the stuff. I really wouldnt replace the thermal paste unless you have to take the cooler off for whatever reason. Its not worth the hassle, stress or price of materials and will probably void your warrenty. Temps on this card are already fantastic.
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Nice result you have there, it seems you have a golden one luckily enough and since youve managed to run at 1290 for over an hour in heaven. As long as the heaven settings were all maxed id say youre stable enough to commence the new build and begin gaming for prolonged periods at those clocks, this will be the best bet for tetsing stability.

Have fun and enjoy your new machine, it will blow the q6600 away so youll notice the improvement instantly.
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BE VERY CAREFUL REPLACING THERMAL PASTE ON A GPU. From my experience temps are only ever worse or on par with stock after replacing it, even with good paste like Diamond IC 7. It took 5 attempts before i even got sensible temps when i replaced the TIM on my old GTX 580 and it needed LOADS of the stuff. I really wouldnt replace the thermal paste unless you have to take the cooler off for whatever reason. Its not worth the hassle, stress or price of materials and will probably void your warrenty. Temps on this card are already fantastic.

Thank you for the warning, I've done this many times, since my old good 8800GT. Nemm already tried it with positive results so I might give it a shot too.

Nippa very nice clocks :-)... I would recommend running Heaven for 3 hours at least (at its highest settings). However the ULTIMATE test is to play your favorite games... wink.gif
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Thats because I wouldn't touch IC7 with a 10 foot pole. That stuff is way too thick. I never had good luck with IC7.

A small dot of MX-2 will do the trick just fine.
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BE VERY CAREFUL REPLACING THERMAL PASTE ON A GPU. From my experience temps are only ever worse or on par with stock after replacing it, even with good paste like Diamond IC 7. It took 5 attempts before i even got sensible temps when i replaced the TIM on my old GTX 580 and it needed LOADS of the stuff. I really wouldnt replace the thermal paste unless you have to take the cooler off for whatever reason. Its not worth the hassle, stress or price of materials and will probably void your warrenty. Temps on this card are already fantastic.

I second that i used to play around with re applying thermal paste back with my 480's and had basically zero gains the difference was negligible , it's not worth the hassle especially with brand new card on warranty.
Like Darylrese said the temps are already great on those DCU II cards.
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Well delivery cut off time has lapsed and yet again the saturday delivery service from parcelforce has failed to deliver and what makes it worse is I live 5miles from the sorting office where its held :/.

Nevermind ill just have to wait, it wouldve been nice to see them in SLI for a short while before RMA courier comes on monday.
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Like Darylrese said the temps are already great on those DCU II cards.
especially with a custom fan curve wink.gif
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