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I must say that I am extremely happy with my 670 ftw. With it over clocked I get +/-1% in benchmarks compared to my buddy with a 680 superclocked, same mobo and CPU. I personally don't think it's worth paying that much extra for a 680 since you can OC a 670 and get similar performance for significantly less money.
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My opinion is that the FTW card is not going to be 10% faster than the normal card (it's not going to do 1320 to a normal card's 1200, for instance) - so it's not worth the extra money. Unless a card offers some tangible difference, basically a better cooler or more VRAM, it's not worth paying more than a nominal extra cost.

Thanks. That was my take on it as well. Apparently, the FTW+ offers double of power hases so tighter voltage control for OC, and supposedly better temps due to the VRAM placement improving the backplate usage... But the noise would be around the same, I guess, and that's my main concern.

Now the FTW+ would have a better resale value, that's the more convincing argument in favor of this card IMHO.
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Thanks. That was my take on it as well. Apparently, the FTW+ offers double of power hases so tighter voltage control for OC, and supposedly better temps due to the VRAM placement improving the backplate usage... But the noise would be around the same, I guess, and that's my main concern.

Now the FTW+ would have a better resale value, that's the more convincing argument in favor of this card IMHO.
Yeah the 670 is definitely a better value card, that's the truth.

But as you can OC your 670 to match the clocks of a stock 680, a stock 680 can also be OC'ed to reach higher clocks wink.gif.
Also there's not only core clock, there's number of CUDA core and SMX.
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That's very true. I guess it all depends on perspective. I try to get the best performance for the price, which ended up being the 670 over the 680 (and also the 3570k over the 3770k). If you don't mind the price difference go for it! Like you said, you will be able to OC it too. Just cross your fingers that you get a good card for OCing!
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OK. Please Rei86, since you seem to know a lot about these EVGA cards, I need advice (other members' opinions are also welcome of course). What's the best deal?

EVGA 680 4gb for 519 Euros
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EVGA 680 4gb FTW+ for 569 Euros? That's a total 100 euros difference for the SLI (two cards). Is it really worth it?

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What's your source on this? I can't find any review online, or on the EVGA website, detailing the specific differences of the FTW+ versions.

That info is on the EVGA forums, from owners and Jacob. It usually pops up when people ask why EVGA has so many damn SKUs.

I can't make that judgement for you on price man. Its what your perceive as the better value. If you're gonna WC get the reference GTX680 4GB.
If you want a bit more higher clock with a supposedly "binned" GK104, and EVGA's PCB design, get the FTW.

Only you can decide if the 50 extra Euro is worth it for the FTW.
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Had 670 reference and its was very loud trying to keep under 70c. Just upgraded to 680 Lightning and that thing is silent compared to the 670.
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Had 670 reference and its was very loud trying to keep under 70c. Just upgraded to 680 Lightning and that thing is silent compared to the 670.

Ha! I also read a couple of times that the reference 670 fan was louder that the reference 680 fan.

Thanks, rep for you. Also, did you notice a difference in performance between your 670 and your 680?
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Do you think the sound from this eVGA GTX 670 2GB is acceptable?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdL-QC4ma74&feature=youtu.be
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Ha! I also read a couple of times that the reference 670 fan was louder that the reference 680 fan.

Thanks, rep for you. Also, did you notice a difference in performance between your 670 and your 680?

Yes. That being said I upgraded to a 680 Lightning so one would expect an increase. More expensive yes, but you get a quieter, cooler and better looking card.
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This deal is over folks smile.gif

I wanted to order two EVGA 680s 4GB but they had only one left...

So I ordered two EVGA 680s FTW+ w/ backplate as there was only two left in stock.

Waiting on my 680s FTW+ to arrive in the mail now thumb.gif

Selling my two Asus 580s Matrix Platinum, and my Asus Sabertooth P67 on Ebay.
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