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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.

Thanks I could definitely use a few more of those thumb.gif
 
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I haven't noticed they're 2-slot. Rep+ for the idea.
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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)?

This one is indeed very interesting as it's an aftermarket cooler 2-slot Asus DCII card. I've checked, it's available in my country for the same price as the EVGA FTW+ 670 4gb.
Definitely added to my list of cards to consider. Rep+ for the idea.
But as for the Accelero, lol no way dude, for the price of a 670 + Accelero I can buy a 680 so... yeah.
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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!

Thanks for your testimony. Rep+.
No way I'd let a reference fan run at 80% lol, I know my Asus Matrix Cooler is reputed to be silent - and it is, 30db at load vs. 41db at load on a reference cooler, but at 80%? That's a lot of noise... I don't run them at more than 50%... So on a reference cooler.. I can only imagine.
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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.

But do you really need the 680?

Think about all the games you play and take into consideration that the 670 is only 10~15% below that of the 680. Not only that most of the time you can save around 100 bucks with the 670 vs the 680. And not only that the EVGA GTX670 FTW 4GB cards uses the 680 PCB + 680 Cooler the loudest it'll get is "60" dB which is apparently below normal talking volume.

However if you're willing to jump the gun to the Red team the 7950/70 here in the USA is very competitively priced. And no I'm not talking about the Ghz models but non-versions that sell for sub 360 USD. Great performance, and no I'm not talking about reference cooler designs either as almost all of them come with nice dual fan design. Not only that since you said you had an issue with only "2GB" the 7950 and 70s all come with 3GB of VRAM which should hold you over for another two years or so.

BTW don't forget that MSI also has 4GB models
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127695
And from test that OCN members have done the Twin cools better than the Asus and is just as quiet.
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This one is indeed very interesting as it's an aftermarket cooler 2-slot Asus DCII card. I've checked, it's available in my country for the same price as the EVGA FTW+ 670 4gb.
Definitely added to my list of cards to consider. Rep+ for the idea.
But as for the Accelero, lol no way dude, for the price of a 670 + Accelero I can buy a 680 so... yeah.
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Yeah, the idea of an Artic Accelero isn't that good but those are silent. They're cheaper for you then what they are for me though tongue.gif
I want to get one for my 7950 but i'll be parting with it soon so it is hardly worth it. Also the 680 isn't worth it at all, when you could get a 670 4GB + Cooler for the same price.. I guess you could get a eVGA 4GB 670 then see if the fans annoy you enough and get two new artic coolers later on, or get one at a time?
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But do you really need the 680?

Think about all the games you play and take into consideration that the 670 is only 10~15% below that of the 680. Not only that most of the time you can save around 100 bucks with the 670 vs the 680. And not only that the EVGA GTX670 FTW 4GB cards uses the 680 PCB + 680 Cooler the loudest it'll get is "60" dB which is apparently below normal talking volume.

However if you're willing to jump the gun to the Red team the 7950/70 here in the USA is very competitively priced. And no I'm not talking about the Ghz models but non-versions that sell for sub 360 USD. Great performance, and no I'm not talking about reference cooler designs either as almost all of them come with nice dual fan design. Not only that since you said you had an issue with only "2GB" the 7950 and 70s all come with 3GB of VRAM which should hold you over for another two years or so.


Thank you for your contribution. smile.gif


Need? Not realy need, I need to breahte, eat, drink and shelter.

Okay sorry, joking aside,I know 670 vs.680 isn't like 570 vs.580.

570 = less Cuda Cores, less memory interface width,less memory bandwidth , less VRAM, Less memory clock than 580.

670 = less Cuda Cores (1344 vs 1536 rolleyes.gif) than 680. That's it.

That's why I'm one of those who believe that nvidia intended to release the GTX600 series as midrange GPUs and wait for GTX700 to release a real flagship product. (Do I fall for marketing? Maybe, yes... but I don't think so, sure there's a lot of marketing in this but I still think the 780 will make Kepler shine by - hopefully - increasing their ridiculous memory interface width, among other improvements).

So, yeah, the 670 is the best value for the Geforce 600 series, no doubt.

That said, if I'm not too limited and the price of an aftermarket cooler 670 card is close to a 680, i might as well get a 680 because don't forget there's also the resale value to consider.

I will get a better price out of a used 680 than a used 670, even a DCII or FTW+.

As of now I'm really hesitant between 670 and 680, nothing is settled, I'm still thinking about this, I will do the purchase this week.

And as for the Radeon part, I'm from France, i can't buy fro the US, prices are different here - and much more expensive.
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That's why I said check the price wink.gif And if the 7950/7970 is cheaper I would go with that.

Well a lot of people has theory and with how Nvidia named the Fermi code since the Kepler's actually kept kind of the code name. IE Fermi GF100 was the GTX480. The GF104 was the GTX460. The GTX680 is called the GK104 rolleyes.gif So a lot people has theorized that the GTX680 is actually a GTX660 or 670 and everyone else falls a number shorter than what it really is.

Anyways also remember that the GTX670 is a lobotomized 680 since it did have a SMX unit disabled.
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Yeah, the idea of an Artic Accelero isn't that good but those are silent. They're cheaper for you then what they are for me though tongue.gif
I want to get one for my 7950 but i'll be parting with it soon so it is hardly worth it. Also the 680 isn't worth it at all, when you could get a 670 4GB + Cooler for the same price.. I guess you could get a eVGA 4GB 670 then see if the fans annoy you enough and get two new artic coolers later on, or get one at a time?

Yeah, I had the idea to install an Accelero on one of my GTX580's Matrix so I'll end up with a two-slot card and it would solve my overheating issues. Hopefully.
Though I'm a little scared to do it because:

- I never did that, I'm not a modder and if the holes don't fit perfectly I can't drill a hole, cut anything or - gasp! - solder (OMG nope).

- Seeing the list of accessories I'm pretty scared, seems like there's not only the whole heatsink / fans to mount but a lot of other little heatsinks to stick on the RAM, comes as a kit, so I'd have to tear-down the Matrix cooler, then mount the thing and... find which connectors are for, I've read a revieiw from a French guy saying that the instructions were horrible, I'd have to find the PWM connector, not mistake the 7v for the 12V, then there's a connector for the LEDs on my Matrix....

TL;DR: terrified to mount an Accelero on my Matrix.
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Arctic Cooling's Accelero kits BTW are very very easy to install BTW. The instructions writing is garbage but the picture by picture is well done.

Installed the 690 Turbo on my GTX690.

and yes the other coolers usually have the big heat sink for the GPU, the VRAM and others are cooled by smaller sinks.
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That's why I said check the price wink.gif And if the 7950/7970 is cheaper I would go with that.

Well a lot of people has theory and with how Nvidia named the Fermi code since the Kepler's actually kept kind of the code name. IE Fermi GF100 was the GTX480. The GF104 was the GTX460. The GTX680 is called the GK104 rolleyes.gif So a lot people has theorized that the GTX680 is actually a GTX660 or 670 and everyone else falls a number shorter than what it really is.

Anyways also remember that the GTX670 is a lobotomized 680 since it did have a SMX unit disabled.

Thanks.

May I ask you a couple of questions since you seem to know about this subject?

I can't find reviews for both the EVGA 680 4GB and the EVGA 680 4G FTW+, I've read here and there that the difference between the two is that they use the more refined binning process for the chips used on the FTW+ edition, so only Q1 units, just like they do with the classified - minus the additional power phases and enhanced cooling system. Is it true? If that's the case, how come the card is also lengthier?

And so... The difference between an EVGA 670 4gb SC and an EVGA 670 4gb FTW+ is that they use the 680 PCB and cooler, is that right? In that case, how does it looks different than a 680 4gb?
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EVGA has the GTX680 + 4GB which is pretty much their own shroud/fan design with Nvidia's reference cooler + PCB

Like you said the FTW is a step below EVGA's Classified line and is supposed to be "binned" chips. Also the FTW 680 4GB model is their own design

1) PCB is .5 inches longer vs. the reference GTX680 design
2) Vapor cooler is used instead of the standard heatsink - fan is located differently to accomodate the vapor cooler design
3) Card is equipped with 8-Phase VRMs
4) Extra 4GB of DDR5 is located on the backside of the card, making the backplate actually worth something more than just looking nice as it allows for passively cooling of the VRAM
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