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NVIDIA 670 4GB VS NVIDIA 680 2GB

Poll Results: NVIDIA 670 4GB VS NVIDIA 680 2GB

 
  • 25% (1)
    NVIDIA 670 4GB
  • 75% (3)
    NVIDIA 680 2GB
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post #1 of 5
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Good Afternoon!

I have £400 to spend on an air cooled GPU for single monitor 1080p gaming. I want to ensure the card is futureproof for gaming in the next few years.

For a similar price I can get either a NVIDIA 670 4GB or NVIDIA 680 2GB, which would be the better option?

Final question, are the 'open' style GPUs with 2 or 3 fans better than a 'closed' style with usually just one small fan?

Thanks

Tv
post #2 of 5
People will come in here to tell you to get a 7950. Just saying... it's going to happen.

I would like to address your question, though. According to TweakTown, the 4GB GTX 680 offers no noticeable performance increases over the 2GB version on a single 2560x1600 monitor. Thus, the 4GB GTX 670 would be unnecessary. Link

If you ONLY ever plan to game single monitor, the GTX 680 2GB edition is the clear choice. smile.gif 2GB of VRAM is more than enough for any single monitor situation.

Someone's going to come in here and tell me about super duper uber skyrim mods of doom that take 2.5 GB VRAM on a single monitor. That's the only situation where 2GB is overwhelmed. In all other circumstances, it's plenty
 
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^he beat me to it, and yes, even I would suggest something like a 7950, they are much cheaper and faster in some circumstances, but that is your choice.
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Good Afternoon!

I have £400 to spend on an air cooled GPU for single monitor 1080p gaming. I want to ensure the card is futureproof for gaming in the next few years.

For a similar price I can get either a NVIDIA 670 4GB or NVIDIA 680 2GB, which would be the better option?

Final question, are the 'open' style GPUs with 2 or 3 fans better than a 'closed' style with usually just one small fan?

Thanks

Tv
I would go 2gb 670 honestly, I do not think the extra vram helps with the 6xx series slow bus speed. Your card will struggle with the actual games before you hit your vram limit, only a select few games will ever use more than 2gb vram, I do 3 screens on a 2gb gtx670 and I am fine with it. And if you are using just a single 1080p monitor 4gb is far too much. It's far into the 6xx series anyway so I wouldn't get too deep into it.

So my vote is 2gb 680, although the gtx680 is not worth the 100$ more than the 670 in my opinion, its marginally faster.


As for the fan layouts, multifans will keep the cards much cooler and quieter, BUT if your case doesn't have good airflow you will end up heating up the rest of your case. If your computer is cramped like mine is, you will almost certainly need a blower card (one little "fan")

If you see, my mini itx build is the size of a shoebox so I got a blower, but my brother wanted a bigger case so I made him get an open fan gpu.
 
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Neither, I'd go with the 2GB 670 or a 7950/7970. The 4GB version barely offers any more performance due to the low memory bandwidth.
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I would always go for the 4GB version at this point. above 2GB is needed for 1440p but you never know. You might go for a 1440p or a 1600p monitor all of a sudden and it is nice to have a GPU with higher Vram.

 

Also let's assume that you will sell your GPU in 2 years time, people in the future market will likely to purchase GPUs with high Vram. So selling a 670 4GB will be easier than selling a 670 2GB.

 

680 2GB will give you more power than 670 4GB. That's because 680 is about 10% faster depending on the game. However I have a 670 4GB and it is OCed at 680 speeds so I am very happy. It is not hard to achieve to be honest.

 

670 4GB and 670 2GB will also give you same speed but in some occasions you might hit the Vram wall resulting your FPS being capped at some point.

 

I know that right now people who bought 580 with 3GB is happier than people who bought 580 with 1.5GB.

 

So I would go for the 670 4GB.

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