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I want your advice: EVGA 670 FTW 2GB or 4GB?

Poll Results: Which card fits my system and goals the best?

 
  • 63% (7)
    EVGA 670 FTW 2GB
  • 27% (3)
    EVGA 670 FTW 4GB
  • 9% (1)
    Neither, there's a better card for your situation (please expound in your reply below)
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post #1 of 12
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My 560ti isn't producing 60 FPS on newer, maxed out games anymore. I've done a few weeks worth of research and I'm about to pull the trigger on the 670. No decent deals this week. Bummer. The 7950 and 7970 were at the top of the list for awhile, but ultimately, I'm just more comfortable with NVIDIA's driver support. Maybe I'm being financially unreasonable, but I'm willing to pay more cabbage for that green peace of mind.

My final decision is which 670 FTW I should buy: the 2 GB or 4GB model? I play on a 27" monitor at 1900 x 1200. I don't plan on transitioning into a multiple-monitor setup during the lifespan of my new card. I'm running a i2500k at 4.9 GHz (thank you, Noctua) on a P67 FTW mobo inside of a Thermaltake V9 (8GB RAM and 750W PSU, in case that information is at all relevant).

Now, I know that most people believe that 4GB model is only effective for multiple-monitor setups. I combed over forums posts dating back to May and all the way up to this evening. In May, there weren't many games pushing the 2GB threshold at 1920 x 1200, so the popular opinion was that buying a 4GB card for a single monitor setup was brainless. However, some games are starting to edge up to that boundary. Opinions aren't as sure as they once were. Who knows what 2013 will produce? Ultimately, I want this card to produce 60 FPS reliably for at least 12 months, preferably 18+. Perhaps this isn't possible without SLI?

That being said, the 4GB model is very attractive. It's future-proofing that seems more and more reasonable with each passing month. However, I want to get your opinion before clicking the "Buy" button on Newegg. Is the 4GB version really a waste of $70 on my setup? I don't mind spending the extra money, but I don't want to throw it away, either.

Thank you for your thoughts.
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2 gb is more than enough for 1200p. In my honest opinion I would grab a 7950 or 7970. Much better value and faster.
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Either get 79XX(I prefer 50 just because the price/performance) right now, or if you must stay with Nivdia get a GTX 7XX card some time next March, it is only 4 month away and you probably can get by running the game without AA with your old card until then.

If your plan is to get a card and use it for the full warranty(3 years), I wouldn't recommend Nividia card's this gen because they are limited by their 256 bit Bus. Either get a AMD 79XX card with their 384bit Bus and 3G Vram or wait it out for Nivida 7XX cards with 384 bit Bus and 2.5-3G Vram, both would age much better than a 6XX card imo.

As far as resolution/multi monitor is concerned, I used to have a 670 and a 120Hz 1080p monitor. Then I switched to 1440p and 7950, didn't have any problem with Drivers(AMD's new 12.11 driver is pretty awesome) on either side and I like my 1440p(Korean) a lot more. Multi-monitor wise AMD Eyefinity awesome, if you have to have PhysX and 3D though you probably should wait for GTX 7XX early next year.
Edited by sherlock - 11/22/12 at 9:37pm
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post #4 of 12
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2 gb is more than enough for 1200p. In my honest opinion I would grab a 7950 or 7970. Much better value and faster.

I second this opinion
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post #5 of 12
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Haha, now I'm right back where I was last week, looking at that 7950 (I believe that the voltage-unlocked 7970s are all super-expensive now, right?).

Which 7950 would you guys recommend? I've heard the Gigabyte model is pretty impressive right now.
post #6 of 12
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Haha, now I'm right back where I was last week, looking at that 7950 (I believe that the voltage-unlocked 7970s are all super-expensive now, right?).
Which 7950 would you guys recommend? I've heard the Gigabyte model is pretty impressive right now.

Using that Giga right now(in sig rig), haven't had a need to OC it much yet but other users on OCN all said it OCs pretty well. I can attest that the card is quiet and the latest Driver(12.11 beta) works with no issue with it.
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7950. Hard to beat this card right now, especially when overclocked.
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post #8 of 12
2GB is plenty for 1200p and the bus isn't an issue... with free borderlands 2 and assassin's creed 3 it's actually a decent deal right now. The 7950 is still a better bang for the buck card but you can't go wrong either way.
 
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post #9 of 12
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Well, I might have my decision made for me. I'm not sure the 11.5" 7950 can fit into my Thermaltake V9 anyway. The 670s are only 10" long.

So some of you say to go for the 2GB, a few for the 4GB, and others say go for the 7950? Hmm. I'm at a loss.
post #10 of 12
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Well, I might have my decision made for me. I'm not sure the 11.5" 7950 can fit into my Thermaltake V9 anyway. The 670s are only 10" long.
So some of you say to go for the 2GB, a few for the 4GB, and others say go for the 7950? Hmm. I'm at a loss.

Well if a 7950 won't fit, there's that. haha.

As for 2GB vs 4GB. I don't forsee you breaking a 2GB buffer anytime soon, especially on 1200p and even if you do. By that point you'll need more GPU power to take advantage of a bigger buffer.

4GB if you plan on doing multiple GPUs, multiple monitors, or insanely rediculous texture packs.
 
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