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I don't know if you'd be willing to spend that much, but the 680 4gb classified which has a much larger cooler than stock. It's still a blower type, but keeps it 5 dB cooler than a reference 680 and it's running at 1100mhz+. Unfortunately it's expensive, voltage locked and has no backplate. The Gigabyte Windforce 680 is a good design too, but it's a triple slot monstrosity.

The FTW+ 680 uses a reference fan and since it's running at ~1100 MHz it's quite loud.


- The 680 Classified isn't Voltage locked, you can buy a used EVBot port model for around 500 bucks or purchase a new one and solder on the EVBot port yourself if you want too.
- OP sounds like he wants something quiet so the Classifieds are out of the question as once they hit about 35% fan speed and onwards they are at least 65dB
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The new ones are I mean. I don't know about you but I wouldn't feel comfortable taking a soldering iron to a $600 gpu lol. This review shows that the 680 classified is quieter than a 680. I was a little off by saying 5 dB (I was thinking of the 7950 in that review, maybe?) Of course, it gets louder when pushed to higher clocks.

Plus you have to buy an evbot too which is more $$$... but then again you own them so you can probably speak better than I can about this.
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Yup the Classified is hardware locked where MSI Lighting is software.

Nvidia's already hit MSI hard about the PE models, wonder if their supplies are getting smaller since they decided not to back down. Or wonder if Nvidia is just refusing all of their RMA returns.

Either ways my Classifieds aren't OCed, Still air cooled for now, and the blower on this damn thing is loud. So I wouldn't recommend it if you want to stay on the stock coolers.
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I picked up the GTX 670 FTW not too long ago. Was told to keep it under 70C or else it'll throttle, which resulted in my making a custom fan curve in Precision X. While gaming (mostly BF3 and DOTA2) the fan speed hovers between 50-60% on my curve and is super audible. It's not an annoying noise, but it is definitely noise.

This is coming from an ASUS GTX 570 DCII (three slot cooler) that I never heard.
You could easily use default fan profile and not notice the performance difference. Kepler's "throttling" is highly exaggerated and only means -13mhz at 70C, -13 mhz again at 80C etc, maybe it picks up beyond that but the card never gets hot enough to find out with stock fan profile. I used to run very aggressive fan profiles on my cards until I decided quiet operation mattered a whole lot more to me than 13-26 mhz faster core clock (which is only noticeable in benchmarks, and even then the difference is minimal).
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The difference with my cards has been more than 13MHz at over 70C. That's with both GTX 670 and GTX 660 Ti. Now, there's not much of a performance hit when boosting to a lower value that one can *notice*, so it's not a huge deal to go over 70C to maybe like 75C, but in pure MHz numbers the difference is noticeable in my experience.
   
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Hey folks, thanks for all your responses.

The 680 classified is out of stock everywhere where I live so problem solved.

As for the 680 FTW+ 4gb, I think the only difference with the 680 4gb standard is the more refined binning process of the chip, am I right? 680 FTW+ are like Q1 chips. Which doesn't explain why the card has a different shape (lengthier) so if anyone has any info on this, I can't find any review for both of these cards online.

I'd prefer a 4gb as insurance policy just in case, normally I don't plan to keep these cards more than 6 months until a good 780 card comes out, but I'm not immune to a possible financial disaster so it's like an insurance policy for future proof in case I must keep them.
And the Lighnting... is "only" rolleyes.gif 2gb, I must say this would be my favourite card if it wasn't for the VRAM, but where I live only Lightning BEs are available, and anyway Kepler doesn't like to have its voltages messed with if I understand correctly.
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Disregard what I said in your other thread then, lol
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Disregard what I said in your other thread then, lol

Too late... I responded lol. And I added other details if you want to chime in. And I gave you a Rep+ point on the other thread for all your posts trying to help me, much appreciated.
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I'd say get thisbecause its a 4GB model and it's got a similar cooler to what you're used to. They are rather pricey for a GTX670 though, but you do pay the premium for 4GB ones. You could maybe get an Artic Accelero Extreme for the card(s)?
 
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Owner of a 670 4GB SC here. The stock fan profile is indeed silent, but then it never really spins up and the card will run hot and throttle. I like my card to be running full tilt during gaming, regardless if I'm going to actually see a difference or not so my fan profile is set to keep it under 70 degrees no matter what the cost in noise. I will tell you at 68 degrees when that fan is at 80% is is quite audible. It's not annoying, but it is definitely a blower going for broke. That being said it does it's job so I guess I can't complain. It's much louder than my cpu fan (see sig) at 1800+ rpm. Mind you I'm running a test bench setup and the thing is sitting on the desk next to me, blowing at the side of my head. Plus side is I stay warm in the winter!
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