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I am looking to purchase one of these cards and can't seem to find and definite information regarding differences between these two cards. Basically, I want to know if it's worth the extra $20 to get the FTW edition. I know that the FTW edition has vapor chamber cooling and better vrm (correct me if I'm wrong). Does the extra vrm guarantee any extra headroom for overclocking or is it basically just luck of the silicon lottery.

I currently only have a 1080p monitor, but later this year I want to add a second card for sli and will be looking into getting a 1440p monitor. The vapor chamber cooling doesn't really matter to me as I will be putting a full cover block on it anyways. I want to overclock the card as much as I can so any information or recommendations on this subject would be helpful, thanks.
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I also was considering the GTX 670 FTW 4 GB model because from what I have read that the performance between the 680 and 670 is like 5 - 8% or something like that. Currently on newegg the GTX 670 FTW+ 4GB model is $469. I also noticed that the GTX 680 4GB with backplate is $519 which Is $20 cheaper than the original price.
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Really doesn't matter. Kind of just the luck of the draw as far as overclocking goes. Personally I'd grab the FTW.
 
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Really doesn't matter. Kind of just the luck of the draw as far as overclocking goes. Personally I'd grab the FTW.

The FTW variant of the GTX 680 or GTX 670?
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670, sorry. The price doesn't justify the small performance boost really.

The 4GB is also kind of pointless given the amount of GPU power, even in SLI. The 4GB really is only beneficial if you have 3+ cards and or you are doing a lot of high res texture packs, and even that being said, when you get to the point where you need the 4GB and have the GPU power to use it, the bus is going to be the new issue. haha.
 
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670, sorry. The price doesn't justify the small performance boost really.

The 4GB is also kind of pointless given the amount of GPU power, even in SLI. The 4GB really is only beneficial if you have 3+ cards and or you are doing a lot of high res texture packs...

True...true...and true. I will also recommend the FTW 670 over a 680 (and not because I own 1) biggrin.gif
I too was struggling between the 670 & the 680. After finding & reading a handful of site reviews about the 670 FTW, I was convinced to buy the 670 FTW because of it's "almost equal" performance to the 680 out of the box with plenty of OC headroom thumb.gif
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Ya i figured everyone would just tell me to get the 670 and i may go that route, but i still want to know the differences between the two 680 cards and if the ftw is actually better or with the extra cost
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Ya i figured everyone would just tell me to get the 670 and i may go that route, but i still want to know the differences between the two 680 cards and if the ftw is actually better or with the extra cost

i got the 680 4gb evga normal one and i can do 1260 and +500 on the mem before temps get out of hand , im sure i can break 1300 with proper cooling....right now is at 1220 and them mem +500 (havent even pushed the memory) i like my fan profile super silent so i had to lower it a bit


what i want to say is personally my 680 overclocks like a champ! i got the 680 cause i had the money and said F'it!


the regular one is bad ass
    
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Ya i figured everyone would just tell me to get the 670 and i may go that route, but i still want to know the differences between the two 680 cards and if the ftw is actually better or with the extra cost

I'll ask you this...if you can have a 670 that's actually made with the 680 pcb & is basically equal in performance to a stock, reference 680 out the box with plenty of OCing headroom to go even further, why would you even want to more about a FTW 680?

EVGA GeForce GTX 680+ 4GB w/Backplate
1019Mhz Base Clock
1084Mhz Boost Clock
130.4GT/s Texture Fill Rate
4096MB GDDR5 Memory
6008Mhz Memory Clock
192.25GB/s Memory Bandwidth
6-pin + 8-pin power

EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW
1084Mhz Base Clock
1150Mhz Boost Clock
138GT/s Texture Fill Rate
2048MB GDDR5 Memory
6208Mhz Memory Clock
198.66GB/s Memory Bandwidth
6-pin + 8-pin power

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW / FTW Sig2 (uses 680 pcb & basically equal to a stock, reference 680 out the box)
1006Mhz Base Clock
1084Mhz Boost Clock
112.6GT/s Texture Fill Rate
2048MB GDDR5 Memory (FTW comes with 4Gb also)
6208Mhz Memory Clock
198.6GB/s Memory Bandwidth
6-pin + 6-pin power

The only differences between these cards are the name, power connectors, & base / boost clock speed thumb.gif
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The price doesn't justify the small performance boost really.

Again...this is sooooo true whistle.gif
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