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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

Actually....

EVGA Signature 2 FTW (680 pcb; the KING OF 670's; )
ASUS Direct CU II (custom 670)
Gigabyte Windforce OC (680 pcb) / MSI Power Edition (custom 670) / EVGA FTW (3-way tie)
Zotac Amped falls somewhere within that crowd also.

These particular 670's perform so close, it really does not matter what order wink.gif

Most efficient & coolest out the bunch...

ASUS Direct CU II / Gigabyte Windforce OC / MSI Power Edition / EVGA Signature II
thumb.gif ...not when you those 670's that you & I are talkin' about biggrin.gif

Probably EVGA is the most efficient, lowest idle temps and only a few °C over Gigabyte GTX 670 OC: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/31.html

EVGA should have the Sig2 as the default cooler ... so much quieter than blowers http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/26.html

& Asus has crap RMA lately...
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Probably EVGA is the most efficient, lowest idle temps and only a few °C over Gigabyte GTX 670 OC: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/31.html

EVGA should have the Sig2 as the default cooler ... so much quieter than blowers http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/26.html

thumb.gif They're so close (ASUS should not be on that most efficient list...Zotac Amp should), all 4 are a great buy. And you're right, EVGA should have made that Signature 2's shroud the default cooler for all their gpu's.
Edited by drBlahMan - 3/6/13 at 10:02am
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thumb.gif They're so close (ASUS should not be on that most efficient list...Zotac Amp should), all 4 are a great buy. And you're right, EVGA should have made that Signature 2's shroud the default cooler for all their gpu's.

Early Asus TOP cards were the faulty ones , the newer cards have no problems thumb.gif
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post #54 of 58
I think the Zotac AMP series is underrated..
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^ AFAIK the "Zotac AMP!" stuff is loud with stock fan profile. The two main reasons for aftermarket coolers are temps and noise.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_670_Amp_Edition/27.html
TPU lists Zotac at 35dB (load) , when the ASUS is 26dB, Gigabyte WF3 is 32dB , MSI is 37dB for Power edition (all Power editions have extremely high fan profiles...), EVGA Sig2 is 28dB

(see video at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-14.html)

ZOTAC as a brand has 2 year warranty unless extended to 3 year. It also disallows mods:
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Tampers, defaces, or removes any stickers containing product identification information such as model number, serial number, or part number.
Tampers, defaces, or removes any stickers indicating void warranty if broken.
Causes defects through improper usage, failure to comply with operating instructions, inappropriate operating conditions, or unapproved repairs or modifications.
Fails to return the product in the stock factory configuration or remove any aftermarket modifications.
Causes defects through accidents, acts of God, acts of nature, negligence, liquid immersion, or improper ventilation.
Knowingly and willingly attempt to defraud the validity of a claim.
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look at the Zotac Amp scores it's putting up.....
nice numbers.
seems to be quite assess on the warranty crap but the performance is nice..
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The Fastest GeForce GTX 670: Zotac ZT-60302-10P

Thick, cool, and brutal. Those are the three attributes that came to mind when looking at and using Zotac's card. This heavy, bulky board boasts excellent cooling performance. However, its acoustics are as noticeable as its physical looks. Maybe its fans could spin slightly slower, since the beefy cooler seems to have plenty of potential left over, based on our temperature measurements.

Performance-wise, this card nips at the heels of GeForce GTX 680 cards for less money (and it might even be more widely available). Its high memory clock enables excellent bandwidth. But we wonder about the decision to use only two six-pin power connectors. In our torture test it draws 215 W, which doesn't leave a lot of room for additional overclocking through higher voltages.
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Actually....

EVGA Signature 2 FTW (680 pcb; the KING OF 670's; )
ASUS Direct CU II (custom 670)
Gigabyte Windforce OC (680 pcb) / MSI Power Edition (custom 670) / EVGA FTW (3-way tie)
Zotac Amped falls somewhere within that crowd also.

These particular 670's perform so close, it really does not matter what order wink.gif

Most efficient & coolest out the bunch...

ASUS Direct CU II / Gigabyte Windforce OC / MSI Power Edition / EVGA Signature II
thumb.gif ...not when you those 670's that you & I are talkin' about biggrin.gif

What is the advantage of a gtx 670 having a gtx 680 PCB?
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

Actually....

EVGA Signature 2 FTW (680 pcb; the KING OF 670's; )
ASUS Direct CU II (custom 670)
Gigabyte Windforce OC (680 pcb) / MSI Power Edition (custom 670) / EVGA FTW (3-way tie)
Zotac Amped falls somewhere within that crowd also.

These particular 670's perform so close, it really does not matter what order wink.gif

Most efficient & coolest out the bunch...

ASUS Direct CU II / Gigabyte Windforce OC / MSI Power Edition / EVGA Signature II
thumb.gif ...not when you those 670's that you & I are talkin' about biggrin.gif

What is the advantage of a gtx 670 having a gtx 680 PCB?
quality of the hardware itself (VRM in-particular) and overclocking abilities...
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