1. Post #1
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    March 2008
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    It's about time to replace my GTX 275.
    But I can't choose which one to buy. After some research I came up with a list of possible candidates.

    My budget is between 350 and 480 euro's.

    - GTX 670
    - GTX 680
    - Radeon HD7950
    - Radeon HD7970

    I have always been a NVIDIA fan, but around this budget it seems ATI is a better buy because it has 1 GB more RAM.
    Also would it be worth to buy the 680 over the 670 or the 7970 over the 7950? They are much more expensive while the diffrence in performance seems little.

    I am tempted to take the 670 because it seems to be inbetween the 7970 and the 680 performance wise, and is still cheaper.
    I'd like to keep the price as low as possible.

    Any insights would be welcome!

  2. Post #2
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    GTX 670.

    Cheaper than a 680, but almost as good as it.
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    I take it the extra GB of RAM the radeon offers is not worth it?

  5. Post #5
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    Vram doesn't mean as much as the clock speeds and architecthure and driver support of the card.
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    Not at all unless you're running an ungodly amount of monitors.

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    Not at all unless you're running an ungodly amount of monitors.
    Not true, game textures are stored in the VRam and are the main use of the VRam. GTA4 uses over 1GB, for instance.
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    Not true, game textures are stored in the VRam and are the main use of the VRam. GTA4 uses over 1GB, for instance.
    Yes, but having 3GB is pointless over 2GB for games most of the time.
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    Yes, but having 3GB is pointless over 2GB for games most of the time.
    I remember the problems with GTA 4 when it was first released. I think at max settings GTA 4 uses around 1,4 GB on VRAM. GTA 5 will be released in the next year or so, I'd like to have a card which VRAM will be enough when 5 comes out.

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    I remember the problems with GTA 4 when it was first released. I think at max settings GTA 4 uses around 1,4 GB on VRAM. GTA 5 will be released in the next year or so, I'd like to have a card which VRAM will be enough when 5 comes out.
    5 will probably be better developed, the 670 will be fine.

  11. Post #11

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    I remember the problems with GTA 4 when it was first released. I think at max settings GTA 4 uses around 1,4 GB on VRAM. GTA 5 will be released in the next year or so, I'd like to have a card which VRAM will be enough when 5 comes out.
    GTA IV was optimised by retards. GTA V probably wont need as much VRAM.
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    GTX 670 it is then. Any recommendations on which manufacturer? My current card is an EVGA, and it served me pretty well. I know Asus is a good and solid brand. Everything i ever had from XFX randomly died.

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    GTX 670 it is then. Any recommendations on which manufacturer? My current card is an EVGA, and it served me pretty well. I know Asus is a good and solid brand. Everything i ever had from XFX randomly died.
    Get an EVGA, MSI or ASUS 670.

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    Go with EVGA, their support is awesome, plus you get a longer warranty.
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    EVGA cards are also immensely sexy.
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    all the 670's look the same right now... ASUS has great support too, and so does MSI.
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    GTX 670 it is then. Any recommendations on which manufacturer? My current card is an EVGA, and it served me pretty well. I know Asus is a good and solid brand. Everything i ever had from XFX randomly died.
    Never had any problems with XFX, but they don't make nVidia cards anymore anyways.
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    I've heard the ASUS 670s have better cooling than the EVGAs, and their support is just as good now that EVGA stopped it's lifetime warranty for GPUs.
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    I've had a Galaxy card before, and that thing was indestructible.
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    Either EVGA if you want a reference card.

    If you want a better one, it's one of those with aftermarket dual coolers......

    The Zotac GTX 670 Amp! Edition is actually the best performing / most overclocked. It uses the gtx680 and dual coolers so it can overclock even more..


    I was stupid to get an EVGA GTX670 SC as soon as it released.....
    It's great, overclocks well but runs quite hot and is very noisy.....

  21. Post #21
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    May 2008
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    I'm using an Advent CPD1301 X2545 PC.
    Does its job very well, but it feels sluggish when running new games, and I'm using the nVidia GeForce GT 250 graphics card. I was just wondering about it since Max Payne 3 and GTA 5 will be coming out, as well as Prototype 2.

    Would the GTX 670 be good for me, and if so is it compatible with my PC?

  22. Post #22
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    What's the specs of it?

  23. Post #23
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    May 2008
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    What's the specs of it?
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
    Memory: 6144MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 6144MB RAM
    Page File: 1870MB used, 10414MB available
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 230
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GT 230
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Display Memory: 4072 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 1512 MB
    Shared Memory: 2559 MB
    Current Mode: 1360 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Native Mode: 1360 x 768(p) (60.015Hz)
    Output Type: DVI
    Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,n vwgf2um,nvwgf2um
    Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.8026 (English)
    Driver Version: 8.17.12.8026
    DDI Version: 10
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    D3D9 Overlay: Supported
    DXVA-HD: Supported
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled

    Missing anything?

    If I'm not missing anything, would I be able to upgrade to a 670 or any other GFX card?

  24. Post #24

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    What brand/wattage is the PSU?
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  25. Post #25
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    Well it's payday and I ordered this baby:



    I choose this one above the EVGA because I read there are a few problems with the EVGA. I think this one looks better and the dual fan makes it more silent also.
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  26. Post #26
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    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
    Memory: 6144MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 6144MB RAM
    Page File: 1870MB used, 10414MB available
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 230
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GT 230
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Display Memory: 4072 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 1512 MB
    Shared Memory: 2559 MB
    Current Mode: 1360 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Native Mode: 1360 x 768(p) (60.015Hz)
    Output Type: DVI
    Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,n vwgf2um,nvwgf2um
    Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.8026 (English)
    Driver Version: 8.17.12.8026
    DDI Version: 10
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    D3D9 Overlay: Supported
    DXVA-HD: Supported
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled

    Missing anything?

    If I'm not missing anything, would I be able to upgrade to a 670 or any other GFX card?
    Well you will see a performance increase, but not much seeing as your CPU is quite old.

    You could use a new CPU and therefore motherboard to.
    And im 90% sure you need a new PSU if this one is still stock.
    And you might as wel buy a new case while you are at it.

    ./ Half a new PC.

  27. Post #27
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    Well it's payday and I ordered this baby:



    I choose this one above the EVGA because I read there are a few problems with the EVGA. I think this one looks better and the dual fan makes it more silent also.
    I got this one too, it's amazing!

  28. Post #28

    April 2011
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    Well it's payday and I ordered this baby:



    I choose this one above the EVGA because I read there are a few problems with the EVGA. I think this one looks better and the dual fan makes it more silent also.
    It's going to get bottlenecked like mad by your Q8300.
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  29. Post #29
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    It's going to get bottlenecked like mad by your Q8300.
    OP Isn't the one with the Q8300..

  30. Post #30

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    OP Isn't the one with the Q8300..
    Crap I can't read
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  31. Post #31
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    Well it's payday and I ordered this baby:



    I choose this one above the EVGA because I read there are a few problems with the EVGA. I think this one looks better and the dual fan makes it more silent also.
    No issues with my EVGA 670, works great.

  32. Post #32
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    December 2008
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    for the ones who have money is the GTX 680 still worth it? i currently have a ATI HD5870 but it has glitches so i need to get new one.

  33. Post #33
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    No, get a 670. Until they make some drivers that make the 680 at least 30% more powerful I wouldn't recommend it.

  34. Post #34
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    Just wanted to say I have the GTX 670 from Asus for over a week and it's working great. It's also the most silent card I ever had.