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So my second 7950 died and I returned it back to the store.. full refund no issue. It worked nice but I saw little to no improvements with CFX, the only game in which I saw more than 20% improvement in frames was BF3, which was near 100% scaling.

So if scaling is this bad for CFX (And seeing SLI numbers seems so much better in comparison), I'm gonna sell my first 7950 and buy a 670 because I want to get a second one later on.

But.. I want a back plate purely for aesthetics reasons. I can get a 670 FTW for $429.99 without a backplate.. or a 670 DCII with a backplate for the same price. EVGA seems to have better RMA servicing compared to the horror stories from Asus. The cooling performance difference from what I've seen is around 8 degrees celcius.. however the 670 FTW looks so much better than the DCII in terms of aesthetics. What do you guys think? I'm planning to get two so reference style fans might be better, and the EVGA backplate I can buy is a ton better than Asus' backplate.
Edited by JJ1217 - 3/31/13 at 12:56am
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Personally, I'm a proponent of EVGA, largely due to their customer service. I don't know what the deal is with ASUS lately. You'd think that with their market share they could afford to do better than they are...

Anyhow, back on topic. Technically speaking, there are 2 different 670 FTW cards: The blower-type "FTW" model (02G-P4-2678-KR) and the twin-fan "FTW Signature 2" model (02G-P4-3677-KR)

If you're going to go SLI, I'd probably pick the blower-type FTW model from EVGA. The great thing about that model is that it's built on the same PCB and cooling platform as the GTX 680, which is a nice improvement.

If you're located in the US (couldn't tell based on your profile), Newegg is selling said model for $369 after $20 MIR. It's actually a pretty good deal.

Note that if you buy that model, be sure to get the specific GTX 670 FTW backplate, which is different than the standard 670 backplate that EVGA offers.
Edited by svenge - 3/31/13 at 1:12am
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Personally, I'm a proponent of EVGA, largely due to their customer service. I don't know what the deal is with ASUS lately. You'd think that with their market share they could afford to do better than they are...

Anyhow, back on topic. Technically speaking, there are 2 different 670 FTW cards: The blower-type "FTW" model (02G-P4-2678-KR) and the twin-fan "Signature 2" model (02G-P4-3677-KR)

If you're going to go SLI, I'd probably pick the blower-type FTW model from EVGA. The great thing about that model is that it's built on the same PCB and cooling platform as the GTX 680, which is a nice improvement.

If you're located in the US (couldn't tell based on your profile), Newegg is selling said model for $369 after $20 MIR. It's actually a pretty good deal.

Note that if you buy that model, be sure to get the specific GTX 670 FTW backplate , which is different that the standard 670 backplate that EVGA offers.

Thanks! I'm from Australia. I'd buy through Amazon, but their model is only able to be shipped within the U.S, which is a bummer. Of course, I'd love to get the 670 PE, but its a custom PCB, so no backplate, and its around $50 more than the Asus and EVGA. I know I'd have to buy the specific 670 FTW backplate or the reference 680 backplate though, so thanks biggrin.gif.

My two 7950's were both from Asus, and were great while I had them temp wise, but three slots thick and only around 20% scaling for most games.. leaves me meh at best. AMD's drivers are a real turn off.
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Thanks! I'm from Australia. I'd buy through Amazon, but their model is only able to be shipped within the U.S, which is a bummer. Of course, I'd love to get the 670 PE, but its a custom PCB, so no backplate, and its around $50 more than the Asus and EVGA. I know I'd have to buy the specific 670 FTW backplate or the reference 680 backplate though, so thanks biggrin.gif.

Are you referring to MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition? If so, I saw it for AUD $449 ($20 more than the EVGA FTW) @ PC Case Gear. Can't do much about the lack of a backplate for that model, however.
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Are you worried too much about backplate? I have an MSI GTX 670 PE for 7 months, and it has been serve me well, the performance was great, cool, quiet..+ Triple Control Voltage...

And I've seen the news that MSI want to "Unlock" the voltage again in the next Afterburner release...(don't know how MSI has resolved it with NVIDIA), though. thumb.gif
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Are you referring to MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition? If so, I saw it for AUD $449 ($20 more than the EVGA FTW) @ PC Case Gear. Can't do much about the lack of a backplate for that model, however.

Oh sweet! Can't complain about that price I guess. Might go for it then actually.. I guess I can ask Dwood to make me a backplate for it, not sure how to give him exact directions and I dunno how they even look... I'll buy that, thanks!
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op, what cpu do you have?
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op, what cpu do you have?

Hi, I got an i5 3550.. shouldn't be a bottleneck for SLI 670's right? Didn't seem to be for xfire 7950's, I got around 90%- 95 % GPU usage which is to be expected.

PCCG actually emailed me and said their 670 PE is actually out of stock.. so I'm going to get the 670 FTW as its a lovely looking card, and from what I've seen, its quiet and quite an effective cooler.
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if it is a non-k, i suggest stick with one card.

the 670 is a just a tad slower than 680 and when oc'ed can be faster. not going to work.
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if it is a non-k, i suggest stick with one card.

Why so? The 7950's seemed to work quite well, albeit not overclocked but BF3 did get almost 100% scaling which tells me it worked fine.. could you elaborate some more? Considering getting an i7 3770k in the future because of the C3 performance benefits.
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