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Deciding between the 7970 and a 670? 7970 hands down, since the driver updates that increased the performance to rival a 680 it is the obvious choice, and if you like asus 670 just get the DirectCUII 7970.

The problem is though, i will be running a SLI configuration, i cannot have two three slots custom cooler cards in one single machine.


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My 670 FTW went to 1280 really easy.
Does "TOP" stand for anything specific?

The FTW is about the same price as the non-TOP edition, is FTW known to have better quality in general?

I would imagine the FTW to be significantly louder than the non-TOP because of the reference blower cooler design?
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post #12 of 35
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The problem is though, i will be running a SLI configuration, i cannot have two three slots custom cooler cards in one single machine.
The FTW is about the same price as the non-TOP edition, is FTW known to have better quality in general?

I would imagine the FTW to be significantly louder than the non-TOP because of the reference blower cooler design?

Mine would not be that loud at all until about 70% fan, and even then it wasn't annoying at all.
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Since you say that you want to running the SLI configuration, my suggest is go to the FTW card due to the blower fan...yeah the fan is more loud than a non ref, but more better for SLI configurations compared to non ref cooler.
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Since you say that you want to running the SLI configuration, my suggest is go to the FTW card due to the blower fan...yeah the fan is more loud than a non ref, but more better for SLI configurations compared to non ref cooler.

Would a SLI configuration with the custom coolers having one SLI slot in between the two cards drag down the performance by that much?
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The evga cards also blow the air out of the case instead of circulating around inside. EVGA also has some great cust service that is available 24/7.
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post #16 of 35
I have a top version and is awesome, powerful and quiet, and the problems were resolved by a Bios update., Although I never had any
My card can reach 1350Mhz stable, something that i think can only achieve this model, is the best 670 but it costs more, it's up to each if their want to pay the difference
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Actually, i might go for two 7970s after all. After the changes made in Cataylst 12.11, a stock Ghz Edition 7970 beats a stock 680 in all the games i play.








I have also read that 7970 is a beast when it comes to overclocking, achieving about ~25% from the Ghz edition.

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post #18 of 35
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Kix wrote re Asus 670 dcu2 TOP vs. non-TOP

...personally, I would go for the non-top Asus Direct CU ii 670- I did, twice (SLI...some benchmark scores in my rig description). After switching the software to Precision-X and following the OCnet guide for 670ies, I'm more than happy, not least as they are every quiet and run cool.

If anything, rather than a 'top' faster-binned card, you may want to look at the 4 GB version, just in case you want to play on multi-monitors etc . Finally, if your case has a side fan inlet, mounting an extra 120mm fan (quite thumb.gif Noctua in this case) lowers temps even more, and thus allows you to run more volts and higher clocks biggrin.gif .

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post #19 of 35
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Actually, i might go for two 7970s after all. After the changes made in Cataylst 12.11, a stock Ghz Edition 7970 beats a stock 680 in all the games i play.

there is no need for going for two HD 7970 cards unless you have triple monitor. a single HD 7970 at 1.2 ghz can handle any game even at 2560 x 1440 with MSAA.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/08/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_4gb_gpu_review/7

BF3 multiplayer 2560 x 1600 Ultra 4x MSAA

HD 7970 Ghz (1050 mhz) - 47.2 fps

http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/grafikkarten/2012/3x-gtx-680-und-3x-hd-7970-mit-i7-3970x/16/

BF3 2560 x 1600 4x AA

HD 7970 Ghz - 45.5 fps
GTX 680(1175 mhz) - 42 fps

2560 x 1440 Ultra 4x MSAA will be even more faster. with a 1.2 ghz HD 7970 its easy to get to 55 fps in BF3 at 2560 x 1440 Ultra 4x MSAA. thumb.gif
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...agree that a single HD 7970 (or 670 for that matter) should suffice...the problem with Radeons is the much-documented 'micros-stuttering' (on this site, and among many other places here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_stuttering )...the head of the company recently acknowledged that they will have to address that. I have several machines, some with ATI Radeons, others with Nvidia, but when it gets to two or more linked cards, I only touch Nvidia
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