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Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II "non top" Vs. EVGA GTX 670 FTW - Which to get?

post #1 of 13
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So I've been doing a bit of research before I make my final purchase and it's come down to these two cards. The EVGA 670 FTW seems very nice because of the stock OC on it, but I'm concerned on its stability. I've been reading and it seems a lot of people are having issues with it.

I took into consideration the Direct CU II TOP, but this seems to have more issues than the FTW. People have said to get the non top version and just overclock it yourself so I've decided to choose the non top version to avoid any possible problems.

I'm assuming the Direct CU II has better cooling due to the double fans, but is it that much of a difference? I am looking to overclock it and keep it cool so I'm leaning more towards this one, but you can't judge a book by its cover.


Suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 13
The Asus card is great when it works, but between me and my bro, 3 have failed. I'm going back to EVGA the next time I buy a card.
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The Asus card is great when it works, but between me and my bro, 3 have failed. I'm going back to EVGA the next time I buy a card.

Oh boy, just when I was about to buy the ASUS. I've never had issues with their MoBo's, I buy nothing other than ASUS mobo's because of how reliable they are. I would have guessed their Vid Cards were just as strong? Maybe you bought first batch and current ones are now fixed?
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Oh boy, just when I was about to buy the ASUS. I've never had issues with their MoBo's, I buy nothing other than ASUS mobo's because of how reliable they are. I would have guessed their Vid Cards were just as strong? Maybe you bought first batch and current ones are now fixed?

I like Asus, just now not for their GPUs. I have 2 Asus monitors and mobo that work wonderfully.

As far as the 670 goes, I bought a TOP like the second day they were out, and it was unstable. My brother bought one too and it died in about 2 weeks. I RMA'ed my card but newegg was OOS, and I now regretfully had waited a month to buy a non-TOP which died earlier this month. Still waiting on RMA from Asus.
post #5 of 13
I'll make your decision for you.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_660_ti_gc_oc_vs_670_hd_7950/

Check out the memory overclock on the 670 directcu II in that article.

6.3ghz is all they could muster.

My own 670 FTW is stable at 7.6ghz and when running a 1300+mhz core, translates to 10-15% better fps than what you see in that article.

That has held true with Metro 2033 bench, 3dmark11 and Heaven bench for me.

Not all FTW will clock that high but most are getting in the 7+ghz range.
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Get EVGA.. made in America!
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I'll second the FTW's. Mine have both been rock solid. Clock to 1300 and never a hiccup. Never get hotter than 62c and mostly run in the 50s.

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Another vote for the FTW...
 
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post #9 of 13
Loving my FTW as well.
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I'll second the FTW's. Mine have both been rock solid. Clock to 1300 and never a hiccup. Never get hotter than 62c and mostly run in the 50s.
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Hey man, great to see someone on OCN running a P8Z77-V LK! I built 5 machines using those boards and I got them at $110 from NCIX with a $20 MIR. They are amazing boards for the price. 4x USB 3.0 at the back, sata6, sli/cf at 8x/8x, good vrm sinks, proper spacing between pci-e, all 3 video outputs, the list goes on. What more can you ask for in a Z77 board under $120?!


Edit: It even has a usb 3.0 front header. Something which even my P9X79 lacks!
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