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Going Back To Nvidia Tomorrow...Which One?

Poll Results: Which 1 Should I Buy?

 
  • 41% (24)
    MSI GTX570 OC for $299 (after promo + rebate)
  • 20% (12)
    MSI GTX570 Twin Frozr II for $359
  • 37% (22)
    ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II for $349
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post #1 of 30
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I've gone from dual 9800GTX+ cards (had great times over the years since the release date ) and then roughly a month ago, I had upgraded to AMD 6870 and was planning to upgrade to an Eyefinity setup this summer. It was okay with the 6870 but I was not feeling AMD/ATI like I thought I would

Yesterday, I was slapped back to Nvidia by Nvidia. I've had a chance to check out my friend's 3D Surround and I have been stuck like this ...I've found a real nice deal for a GTX 570 ($299 after promo + rebate) but the MSI GTX570 TF II and the ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II have my attention also. I am aware that I need (2) GTX 570s for 3d Surround so I guess that I will have to be patient for that setup. I am also aware that the DirectCU II is a tri-slot card which is not a problem with my mobo for a SLI setup.

I plan to OC the gpu and I'm wondering if I would do okay with the reference card for $299 or should I strongly consider the TF II or DirectCU II?
Thanks in advance
Edited by drBlahMan - 3/25/11 at 10:13am
post #2 of 30
The TFII and D Cu will give better temps, but that could be accomplished by a third party cooler as well (Arctic Cooling vga cooler on a reference card).
Edited by TheSchlaf - 3/25/11 at 9:59am
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One thing to say about the Twin Frozr and DirectCU design is that if you don't have at least 1 slot between the cards, cooling performance will decrease significantly. The reference design is not as affected by not having a space in between.

I had a GTX 465 Twin Frozr, it would idle/load at 35/55~ by itself but as soon as I put a GTS 450 under it, idle shot up to 55~ and it would go up to 80~ while playing SC2!
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I love triple slot cards. However, your mobo would sandwich them. As ebolamonkey mentioned an extra slot in between the cards works wonders. I have space between my cards but I still needed to add a fan duct for fresh air for the top card. The duct cut the temp differential in half. I'm assuming your case mods are for high airflow. Any thoughts on watercooling in the future? $300 for a ref card is a good deal and they have decent cooling compared to the 4xx's. And yes 3D is a lot of fun. Overpriced, unneccessary, but really cool.


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i like evgas but out of the pick cheapest one dont forget tho alot of 570 burn out.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GfhTattoo View Post
i like evgas but out of the pick cheapest one dont forget tho alot of 570 burn out.
There's been 12 reported cases on OCN out of how many sold. Get over this damn fact already. Jesus.

Same thing with those idiots at TechPowerUp pumping 1.2v into the GTX 590 while trying to overclock.

If you don't know how to cook you're going to get burned. Same applies to overclocking graphics cards.

Also keep in mind a good few of those people that blew VRMs on 570s disabled OCP. I don't know about you but when my 580 comes in from Step Up OCP is not something that will be turned off. It's called Over Current Protection for a reason...

OP get whatever you feel will make you happy. Even in reference flavor the 570 is not what I would call loud. Much quieter than my old 6870. Overclocks pretty well as long as you don't disable Over Current Protection.

Also it may do good to reference the fact that both of those non-reference cards you listed will have beefier VRM designs if you feel like 1.2v is what you'd like to pump through your $350 video card while on air cooling.

Enjoy and be careful.
Edited by blackbalt89 - 3/25/11 at 4:18pm
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I just bought a 570 the other day and waiting for it to arrive next week, I went with EVGA's Super clocked edition.(I might step up) The case of 570's going dead worries me a bit but as ppl have said on this forum, as long as you don't disable OCP and push extreme volts though it, it will be fine.

It's worth mentioning the ASUS DC II, does not use OCP and has better quality VRM's.
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Skip the 570. They have been having issues with it blowing up. Grab a GTX560Ti or a 580.
 
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Skip the 570. They have been having issues with it blowing up. Grab a GTX560Ti or a 580.
Really? I'm assuming you side with the idiots at TechPowerUp in that the GTX 590 should have been able to handle 1.2v?

Read up on the issue and see what causes it. It has less to do with Nvidia's shoddy components and more with idiots pumping 1.2v into a video card. There's a reason 1.1v is the locked voltage in Afterburner, cause it's not DESIGNED to be ran at such high voltage.

GEEZUS!
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The correct answer is unlisted, and its eVGA
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