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As you can see on my specs i had a sapphire OC with Boost 7970, started acting out and i got a Vapor X 7970 . My mom yes my mom told me to go Nvidia since my previous experiences with them have been amazing! didnt listen and this card sucks Ghz edition with a asic score of 62, cant OC worth a dime and is LOUD! very LOUD


i will be purchasing this weekend a 670 2g/4gb or a 680 2gb/4gb .....i know nothing about Nvidias current gen aside from some reading ive been doing and honestly it has been very confusing, some people say DONT get 4gb and others say it changed their life's!!! (exaggerating a bit)


Ive read 670 OC like monsters and can beat stock 680's also read that 4gb is a waste atm and even down the line!! i personally do all my gaming at 1080p and maybe down the line this year ill get a higher res monitor but so far is a HUGE maybe!


things i need on it AIR STOCK COOLING and the most important thing is it has to be rather silent! My computer is on top of my desk since i have a 2year old and a 1 year old and my original 7970 had a SORRY DADDY coffee spill accident!




I like the Gigabyte cards so far price/cooling wise (on what ive read)....should i get the 680 or is the 670 good enough?



2gb or 4gb?? i want it to be rather future proof since down the line i might SLI them! but if 4gb is really unnecessary or the card cant take advantage of it , then it dosnt matter



Personal experiences???


so what it it guys

670 2gb

670 4gb

680 2gb

680 4gb




I play Battlefield 3 , Crysis 3 , Wow and i am about to emabark on the Bioshock adventure. Looking to get into Skyrim too!



Thanks in advance and expect + rep for you opinions!
    
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Cross 670 4gb off the list. Tests have shown that it is not worth it, even in sli.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/14/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_4gb_sli_review/

At 1080p you don’t need a 4gb card, unless you were doing some serious mods to games I think.

Silence is another issue though. I don’t know of any card that can be kept under the thermal throttle point without be somewhat loud. That is why I bought the new H220 cooler so I could expand it to cool my gpu and not have to listen to the fan.

You can choose not oc the card and leave it on the default fan curve but it will get hot and throttle a little. That is up to you as to what settings you want to run your games with.

The 670 is a great card for price/performance so cost wise I would go a 2gb 670, and look to sli it for more power later. If you have the money, will upgrade your monitor, and mod some games then 680 4g can be considered and sli that later for some real power.

Since in sli the cards run at the lower cards oc ability, I wouldn’t worry about paying up for a factory oc or anything special. With the 700 series coming in the not too distant future, I don’t think you want to spend too much now, so my basic vote would be a single 670 2gb. But like I said you aren’t going to run any card at max fan speed and keep it quiet.
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I second the 670 2gb version. Like justanoldman said, I saw a review that said you need at least 3 cards in sli to have the gpu power to make 4gb worth it. I have the 670 sgb @ 1080p and max everything with no problems.
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what are the resolution do you playing at? my vote is go to GTX 670 2GB (4GB is better)...the brand is REALLY Personal Preferences and Experience.
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I have two of THESE going into my next build. I currently have a third one sitting in my 3770k build and using it right now. It's amazing. Overclocks very well with the DCII cooler.

Go for it. You won't regret it. Although, if you're going for extreme overclock get the 2GB version. thumb.gif
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Ill rep all of you tomorrow when I am on a PC!


Something to think about what all of you said!



Is gigabyte a good brand ? I want it to be stock cooler and QUIET


asus is a bit more expensive but if its worth it its worth it i guess
    
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Ill rep all of you tomorrow when I am on a PC!


Something to think about what all of you said!



Is gigabyte a good brand ? I want it to be stock cooler and QUIET


asus is a bit more expensive but if its worth it its worth it i guess

Yes, Gigabyte is a decent brand. As for quiet, I highly doubt you can OC something and still have it quiet on a stock cooler.
   
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Gigabyte is a great brand. However, be aware (not sure if this happens fully on Nvidia side, haven't looked much at GPUs since I bought mine a while ago) but be aware some might be fully voltage locked which can suck for overclocking. I know its quite frequent with AMD cards. Don't remember if it is for Nvidia.
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This generation all the cards are voltage locked.
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