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post #11 of 37
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Originally Posted by Ernie7777 View Post

I have warrenty so no issue there... what is a "reference 670" I imagine that is the most basic? It's going to cost 214.99 to step up (thats counting 2 day shipping). Still think it's worth it? I have 4 days to decide .... I am going with the 670 I can't afford the 299.99 for 680 upgrade.

A reference 670 is essentially the most basic you can get. It comes with a stock cooler (albeit with EVGA labels), stock PCB, and stock nVidia clocks. There's also speculation that they are lower-binned when compared to the 670 FTW's, but that's simply speculation.

I don't like reference cards, and I'm not sure if they allow you to upgrade to a 670 FTW. However, I will say that a 670, even reference, is a worthy investment. If you get lucky, your reference might even reach or surpass clocks of a 680.
post #12 of 37
Another vote for the 670. Definitely buy!
post #13 of 37
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I have warrenty so no issue there... what is a "reference 670" I imagine that is the most basic? It's going to cost 214.99 to step up (thats counting 2 day shipping). Still think it's worth it? I have 4 days to decide .... I am going with the 670 I can't afford the 299.99 for 680 upgrade.

OP the ref GTX 670 has a cheap PCB with very weak VRM circuitry. The better models like EVGA GTX 670 FTW use a quality reference GTX 680 PCB and high quality VRM circuitry. Better VRM circuitry means your card has the power to run high overclocks. improves overall stability while overclocking. IMO you could try selling the GTX 560 Ti on your own. Since your card is just 3 months old you will get a good price for your GTX 560 Ti. 175 bucks is a fair price. Spend the extra money and get the EVGA GTX 670 FTW. thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
Edited by raghu78 - 8/14/12 at 8:27am
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OP the ref GTX 670 has a cheap PCB with very weak VRM circuitry. The better models like EVGA GTX 670 FTW use a quality reference GTX 680 PCB and high quality VRM circuitry. Better VRM circuitry means your card has the power to run high overclocks. improves overall stability while overclocking. IMO you could try selling the GTX 560 Ti on your own. Since your card is just 3 months old you will get a good price for your GTX 560 Ti. 175 bucks is a fair price. Spend the extra money and get the EVGA GTX 670 FTW. thumb.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

Well that explains why I can't overclock that well on the reference edition. Are all reference cards like this (that is, with crappy PCB and weak VRM circuitry)?
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Well that explains why I can't overclock that well on the reference edition. Are all reference cards like this (that is, with crappy PCB and weak VRM circuitry)?

yeah any design which uses the ref GTX 670 PCB sucks. Thats why get the GTX 670 cards with custom designs like ASUS GTX 670 Direct Cu II, MSI GTX 670 Power Edition, Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce or cards which use ref GTX 680 PCB like EVGA GTX 670 FTW.
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yeah any design which uses the ref GTX 670 PCB sucks. Thats why get the GTX 670 cards with custom designs like ASUS GTX 670 Direct Cu II, MSI GTX 670 Power Edition, Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce or cards which use ref GTX 680 PCB like EVGA GTX 670 FTW.

I understand this is the case for GTX 670's. But is this is the case for every card generation? Essentially, I want to weigh the consequences of buying a reference edition later in the future with a future generation card.
post #17 of 37
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yeah any design which uses the ref GTX 670 PCB sucks. Thats why get the GTX 670 cards with custom designs like ASUS GTX 670 Direct Cu II, MSI GTX 670 Power Edition, Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce or cards which use ref GTX 680 PCB like EVGA GTX 670 FTW.

reference 670 does not suck. that asus card does though.
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OP the ref GTX 670 has a cheap PCB with very weak VRM circuitry. The better models like EVGA GTX 670 FTW use a quality reference GTX 680 PCB and high quality VRM circuitry. Better VRM circuitry means your card has the power to run high overclocks. improves overall stability while overclocking. IMO you could try selling the GTX 560 Ti on your own. Since your card is just 3 months old you will get a good price for your GTX 560 Ti. 175 bucks is a fair price. Spend the extra money and get the EVGA GTX 670 FTW. thumb.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
Hmm now you have me debating =/.. The main game I play is starcraft 2 and I will be getting guild wars 2 .. As far as gaming I dont see any future pc titles I need to have.. I will play guild wars untill november when new halo comes out . Maybe I will hold off on the card untill I will utilize it more... I imagine they will be cheaper in future as well. I understand I wont be able to sell my 560 for as much as I could at the current time but money is a little tight right now and if I am going to buy a card I want it to be quality .. hmmmm
post #19 of 37
So someone that say buys a card right now, an EVGA can only upgrade for 90 days from the purchase price? What if a new card does not come out within that time period? I've had my 560Ti for 9 months now so if I were to buy an EVGA this time and nothing new was out there would be no step up? Even if you get it from newegg does their warranty count? Kinda sucks that you have to have extra warranty for it to work.

I would easily do the step up for the 670. Hell I would pay 299 right now for a 680 if I could fit it in my case and if I had a EVGA but I don't lol.
    
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Good point selayan... I will have to quit being a penny pincher and go for it . I guess I will get warranty so if card is crap or craps out can get replacement.
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