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Hey guys, i'm a bit confused on what ASUS GTX 670 i should buy to get the most bang for my buck.
If you visit their site there's a wide range of 670's but the only difference i can tell is that they only have different clock settings.
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GF_GTX_670
I cant see any changes in cooling methods. What i have available where i live is the ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 for $439. So would that mean that buying the ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 is the better option since i can just manually over clock the card myself? From what I've seen, the difference between the GTX670-DC2-2GD5 and the GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 is the that GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 only has a higher clock. Am i right?
So why should i fork out and extra $30-$50 for that when i can just OC the GTX670-DC2-2GD5 to even higher clocks?
Am i seeing this right?

This thread how now turned to ASUS card ranges in general, not just the GTX 670.
Edited by james990 - 12/11/12 at 8:59pm
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The only difference is clocks, correct. If you want to OC very high, the TOP version may be better because the non-TOP ones are chips that couldn't meet the requirements to be OC'd as high.

I wouldn't spend more than $20 for it though.
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The only difference is clocks, correct. If you want to OC very high, the TOP version may be better because the non-TOP ones are chips that couldn't meet the requirements to be OC'd as high.
I wouldn't spend more than $20 for it though.
While thought to be true, I don't think that is. There's a number of non TOPs that oc higher than my TOP. Even though I own a TOP, I'd recommend the Evga FTW or Gigabyte windforce x3 IF You can find them in your area or import them without the price being exponentially higher
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Thanks for your reply guys, i have found this thread on another forums and the last 2 replies seem very interesting by the OP

Chuck2001 06-07-2012 at 05:46:56 AM
Just got the NON top version, with the minimal boost at 980Mhz
My card clocks at 1110 Mhx Boost...not bad for a non-top.
TOP was 490 CAD here, and non TOP was 420$.....you decide ;-)
I'm about to play with, not overclocked yet !

Chuck2001 06-07-2012 at 07:07:18 AM
Just wanted to say I've done some overclock tests...
I am now at 1310 boost, 7012 effective vram mhz, and it it stable.
I'm getting 59-60 celcius at 75% (not too noisy for Asus)
This thing is ridiculous...more than 20% performance improvement over my base 1110/6000 clocks.
Only thing is that I'm about to hit Power Target pretty soon...I saw 120-122% which is quite high.
Don't need any TOP now...got a beast
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While thought to be true, I don't think that is. There's a number of non TOPs that oc higher than my TOP. Even though I own a TOP, I'd recommend the Evga FTW or Gigabyte windforce x3 IF You can find them in your area or import them without the price being exponentially higher
May i ask why you suggest them?
I decided to go with ASUS because their power consumption, fan noise and temps are really good from all the reviews i have seen.
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Thanks for your reply guys, i have found this thread on another forums and the last 2 replies seem very interesting by the OP
Chuck2001 06-07-2012 at 05:46:56 AM
Just got the NON top version, with the minimal boost at 980Mhz
My card clocks at 1110 Mhx Boost...not bad for a non-top.
TOP was 490 CAD here, and non TOP was 420$.....you decide ;-)
I'm about to play with, not overclocked yet !
Chuck2001 06-07-2012 at 07:07:18 AM
Just wanted to say I've done some overclock tests...
I am now at 1310 boost, 7012 effective vram mhz, and it it stable.
I'm getting 59-60 celcius at 75% (not too noisy for Asus)
This thing is ridiculous...more than 20% performance improvement over my base 1110/6000 clocks.
Only thing is that I'm about to hit Power Target pretty soon...I saw 120-122% which is quite high.
Don't need any TOP now...got a beast
May i ask why you suggest them?
I decided to go with ASUS because their power consumption, fan noise and temps are really good from all the reviews i have seen.
I haven't had any issues yet (crossed fingers) with mine, but users who do have to deal with Asus. That is supposedly a long and drawn out process for some users. Some guys have had their 670 for a little while, when it suddenly just breaks and everything starts failing.
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I haven't had any issues yet (crossed fingers) with mine, but users who do have to deal with Asus. That is supposedly a long and drawn out process for some users. Some guys have had their 670 for a little while, when it suddenly just breaks and everything starts failing.

I suppose it all comes down to preference and personal experience eh?
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I suppose it all comes down to preference and personal experience eh?
Yes and no. I am pretty sure the Asus 670s have a higher fail rate but I'm not entirely sure.
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Yes and no. I am pretty sure the Asus 670s have a higher fail rate but I'm not entirely sure.

Mmm i've personally only had good experiences with Nvidia apposed to AMD. But i am throwing that aside.
Take into consideration that Nvidia sells more than AMD, so Nvidia having higher fail rates makes sense lol.

Ok so we have concluded that different ASUS versions of the GTX 670 simply have higher clocks, so there's not point in wasting money for the DC2T's.
Does this apply to pretty much all of ASUS's card ranges?
ASUS not long ago released the MATRIX-HD7970-P-3GD5, so would that mean the the difference between that and the HD7970-DC2-3GD5 is the clocks once again?
Btw i am aware that the Matrix comes with a bunch of additional features, but none of them improve cooling (No physical transformations). The separate fan control doesn't count.
Agree?
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The "G" cards have game bundles.
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The "G" cards have game bundles.
lol thanks, but im looking at the cost in price (performance wise) being justified other than an increased over clock, since you would probably be able to OC a DC2 just as well as a DC2T for example. Making the DC2T a waste of money if you care for it.
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