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Hi all, first post here and a subject that’s been hit a bit before, but I could use some help. I m in the process of a complete rebuild including video card. Ive decided on a GTX670 and purchased a ASUS DirectCU nonTOP from Frys, thinking it was a TOP version.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637
Now after reading about some of the problems this model has had, poor customer service, I'm having 2nd thoughts. Is this unfounded? I don’t want to have to lay out money in 6 months again for another card.

Do I keep this, or return it and go for one of the following models?

MSI GTX 670 power edition N670 PE 2GD5/OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685

EVGA GTX 670 FTW 02G-P4-2678-KR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

Gigabyte GTX 670 windforce GV-N670OC-2GD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

They all seem to be pretty solid, and pretty close in price. The EVGA FTW , seems a good performer
and good customer service. If I return the card, this may be the way I go. The other two have their followers. Any input you can provide
would help. for what its worth Im using a 1920x1200 monitor
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My friend has an MSI 670 PE, and while it is quiet, it doesn't overclock as well as my Gigabyte Winforce x3 670. That being said, I liked my wf3 cooler but its noise levels were part of what moved me to water cooling. While working with the EVGA FTW on an unlocked voltage and ~1250Mhz, the fan (stock cooler at the time) would get excessively loud to keep the temps under 80C.

I'm not sure if you want silence, reliability, or OC ability, but here's what i've found:
MSI: Reliable, quiet
ASUS: OC, quiet
Gigabyte: OC, reliable
EVGA: reliable
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That's good info to know. I want reliability, quite and OC, probably in that order. I play with headphones on so it wont bother me so much as my wife watching TV a couple of feet away. I plan on OC'ing but it wont be really aggressive.

Anybody with this the Asus have anything on recent reliability?
Edited by AgentSquirrel - 3/17/13 at 5:34pm
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Honestly, unless you buy a 670 that has been binned to 1200Mhz+, it is really luck of the draw on how well the cards overclock. I've personally had my hands on 4 of the same model 670, and the variance between them is pretty large. One would not overclock one bit and was barely stable at stock boost (1075Mhz or so.) Another would only do 1215Mhz. The other two did damn near 1300Mhz. None of them had the same power curves, voltage curves, or boost clock curves. I have to use drastically different settings for the two cards I have in SLI (each is the same model) to get them to behave the same way.

A large part of it is luck of the draw. With such high variations in overclocking ability, no one should buy a 670 expecting any guaranteed overclock.
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post #5 of 39
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I understand that its the luck of the draw for overclocking, and that two people can have identical cards yet wide difference in what they can get out of them.
At this point, Im more concerned that I've jumped the gun on this model and headed reliability issues. Maybe I should be asking those owners of this card, if they were
given the choice to buy another GTX670 would they buy the Asus directCU non TOP again?
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I got two EVGA GTX 670 FTW's, and i am pretty happy with them. (When i bought them, they were cheaper then the ref. evga gtx 670 cards) My top card can reach just around 1300 Mhz while the bottom is a little lower (1286 or something like that), havent tried that much with the memory yet since i am new waiting for a new case, and i am stuck with a case with no fans untill then.
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i would return it for the msi for the triple overvoltage and its cheaper
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Legonut View Post

My friend has an MSI 670 PE, and while it is quiet, it doesn't overclock as well as my Gigabyte Winforce x3 670. That being said, I liked my wf3 cooler but its noise levels were part of what moved me to water cooling. While working with the EVGA FTW on an unlocked voltage and ~1250Mhz, the fan (stock cooler at the time) would get excessively loud to keep the temps under 80C.

I'm not sure if you want silence, reliability, or OC ability, but here's what i've found:
MSI: Reliable, quiet
ASUS: OC, quiet
Gigabyte: OC, reliable
EVGA: reliable

MSI makes great video cards that can OC well. It isnt just ASUS and Gigabyte. They even have better caps than other cards.
post #9 of 39
MSI N670(GTX) PE 2GD5/OC ....

ASUS DCII
EVGA FTW
MSi PE/OC
GA WF3

whichever you can get the cheapest....
gotta be the ASUS DC2 and not the lower clocked version..
post #10 of 39
I have two EVGA GTX 670 FTW and my brother has one more. My top card OC's up to 1280MHz, my bottom card up to 1254MHz (I have them both at 1254MHz for SLI) and my brother's card also goes up to 1254MHz. All of them do 7000MHz+ on memory without artifacts.

So I'm pretty sure 3/3 good overclocking cards isn't just pure luck. The EVGA GTX 670 FTW is reliable, has EVGA's customer service, OC's well, but is kinda noisy. That's the only disadvantage.

If you game only on headsets or you're not bothered by the fan noise of the GPU while gaming, the FTW would be the best option IMO.
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