• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

Advise on choosing ASUS/EVGA GTX 670/680 2GB/4GB

Geoffie

New Member
Joined
Jan 13, 2013
Messages
10 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
#1
I'm building a new rig and have some questions especially concerning the graphics card. It's my first 100% build, I know a bit but I'm not THAT technical. I give you the speqs of the system I want (some parts I already have because I got a deal on them, they are marked with *, other items are still open for discussion if you see problems arrising).

My biggest struggle to choose is the graphics card. I will use my pc for video editing (probably with pinnacle studio), to burn and play blu-ray on my full-hd television which is also connected to my pc and I will also use it for gaming and I want to be able to play games (like Crysis 2, Black Ops 2 and Diablo 3) at the highest settings (meaning highest resolution and all options 'on'). For the graphics card aswell as for my whole system I'm aiming for performance and stability and future proof (4 years having no problem running everything). But I don't want to waste money either, so I want to pick a graphics card wisely, so I'm not going for a gtx 690.
Some more facts I can give: I stick with one monitor setup, I'm not that interested in SLI either, I might overclock my cpu and gpu but not extremely because I don't want to invest in custom water cooling. And I want a graphics card with NVIDIA chip from either ASUS or EVGA.

So here comes my most important questions as these have serious price differences for me:
1) going for ASUS or EVGA?
2) is it worth going for 4GB or will 2GB do the job?
3) 670 or 680?
4) I still have my old graphics card ASUS GT 7950 gt (512MB), do I put it in my system for physx or is it ready for the waste bin?
5) Any other advise/problems/comments in this system?

Speqs

Cooler Master HAF X (probably with upgrade of an extra top fan)
*Corsair Gold AX850 Pro (hope this is sufficient?)
ASUS Sabertooth X79
*Intel i7-3930k (c2) (possible I will overclock, but not extremely, 4.0-4.2, if achievable with given speqs)
Corsair H100i
*Corsair Vengeance Quad Channel Memory DDR3 16gb (4x4) 1866 C9 (9-10-9-27)
Samsung 840 Pro 128gb SSD (if sufficient for system and applicatons, otherwise 256 model?)
Crucial M4 512gb SSD (for 'My documents')
LG BH10LS38 blu-ray burner
* DELL UltraSharp U2711b (= 27" WQHD 2560x1600)
* Windows 7 Ultimate and Office 2010 Home and Student
 
Joined
Apr 20, 2012
Messages
122 (0.06/day)
Likes
84
Location
Canada
Processor Intel i9 7900X @ 4.5 GHz
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK
Cooling Corsair H110i
Memory G.Skill TridentZ 32GB DDR4 3866 MHz
Video Card(s) NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal
Storage Samsung 500GB EVO / Seagate 2TB 7200 RPM
Case Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 850w Titanium
#2
1) I would get an EVGA card because of their easy RMA procedures in case you need it.
2) The monitor you'll be getting will probably require more than 2GB VRAM at 2560x1600 for some games so I would go 4GB.
3) Since you're not interested in SLI I would go for a 680.
4) I don't think AMD cards can become a dedicated Physx card. I apologize if I'm wrong.
5) As for your system, looks good for the most part. If you can get that 840 Pro to a 256 GB version that would definitely be more future proof. :)
 

Geoffie

New Member
Joined
Jan 13, 2013
Messages
10 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
#3
Thanks

As for question 4, the ASUS 7950 GT is with NVIDIA chipset. So would it be any usefull?
 
Last edited:
Joined
Oct 8, 2012
Messages
1,364 (0.72/day)
Likes
411
Location
Israel
Processor Intel Core i5 3570K @ 4.5Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte Z77X UD5H
Cooling Antec H20 920
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 4x4GB 2000mhz 9-11-10-24 CR-1
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 970 SC
Storage Crucial M500 240Gb/Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Display(s) LG 29UM67 2560x1080 75hz IPS
Case Coolermaster 690
Audio Device(s) Creative X-FI Titanium + Sennheiser PC360
Power Supply Corsair TX850
Mouse Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Keyboard Logitech G710+
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
#4
Thanks

As for question 4, the ASUS 7950 GT is with NVIDIA chipset
7950GT has no cuda cores,it cannot do physix.

at that ress you should take a good look at what AMD has to offer,if you want Nvidia just get an aftermarket cooler 2gb 680GTX.
 
Joined
Apr 20, 2012
Messages
122 (0.06/day)
Likes
84
Location
Canada
Processor Intel i9 7900X @ 4.5 GHz
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK
Cooling Corsair H110i
Memory G.Skill TridentZ 32GB DDR4 3866 MHz
Video Card(s) NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal
Storage Samsung 500GB EVO / Seagate 2TB 7200 RPM
Case Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 850w Titanium
#5
Oh my mistake. I misread that :)

Jack1n does bring up a valid point. AMD does offer great cards at great prices, especially at higher resolutions.
 

Geoffie

New Member
Joined
Jan 13, 2013
Messages
10 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
#6
Very true about RMA procedures from EVGA, but I don't want to invest in an aftermarket cooler for my graphics card, it has to stop somewhere, so I was wondering if I go for ASUS with DirectCUII if those twin fans do the job properly, at least they look professional but I also know you can't always judge by the looks?

Personally I'm easier to be convinced that 4gb rather than 2gb would be a difference worth spending money for. Don't shoot me I could be wrong, I'm just thinking out loud... But would there be a significant difference between a 670 and 680 both on 4gb since there's a bigger price gap and clockspeed could be tweaked a little higher on the 670 (if necessary)?

I also took a look at ASUS with AMD (although I was determined to go for NVIDIA) but there the limit is 3gb, so first I need to figure out about the memory.
 
Joined
Jan 18, 2012
Messages
751 (0.35/day)
Likes
218
System Name My PC
Processor i7 4790k @4.4ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte z97m-d3h
Cooling Corsair H105
Memory 4x4GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133-9-11-11-31-1T
Video Card(s) GTX970 Stric oc
Storage Samsung 840Pro 512GB
Display(s) Asus ROG SWIFT
Case Lian Li 359
Audio Device(s) Denon DA-300USB / Denon AH-D5000
Power Supply Corsair AX860
Mouse Roccat Kone Pure Optical
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software Win10 64-bit home
#7
Well I strongly advise you to buy a 4GB model to be future-proof and I find 2GB RAM on top nVidia models to be a serious error from nVidia, or actually an expert marketing trick. You see, many future titles will require more than 2GB ram and you will be forced to upgrade from your 2GB 670 or 680 to a 700 series, while the 670 and 680 card itself has the power to play the game on max graphics but just lacks memory.

I own a 3GB amd 7970 and in 2 games that I own I constantly have over 2.5GB of memory consumption on a single monitor. Those are Crysis 2, Skyrim.

At the end of the day, it all just matters on how much money you want to cash out and what type of games you play. If you go for a reference model, I would strongly advice you to go for an AMD card because they are like 30% cheaper for the same performance, but if you go for a good aftermarket model then the price difference between a 7970 and 680 is not that big so the nVidia 4GB is a logical option.

Edit: I could find a KFA 680 aftermarket model with 4GB ram at £420 on uk websites
 
Last edited:
Joined
Apr 20, 2012
Messages
122 (0.06/day)
Likes
84
Location
Canada
Processor Intel i9 7900X @ 4.5 GHz
Motherboard MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK
Cooling Corsair H110i
Memory G.Skill TridentZ 32GB DDR4 3866 MHz
Video Card(s) NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal
Storage Samsung 500GB EVO / Seagate 2TB 7200 RPM
Case Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 850w Titanium
#8
Very true about RMA procedures from EVGA, but I don't want to invest in an aftermarket cooler for my graphics card, it has to stop somewhere, so I was wondering if I go for ASUS with DirectCUII if those twin fans do the job properly, at least they look professional but I also know you can't always judge by the looks?

Personally I'm easier to be convinced that 4gb rather than 2gb would be a difference worth spending money for. Don't shoot me I could be wrong, I'm just thinking out loud... But would there be a significant difference between a 670 and 680 both on 4gb since there's a bigger price gap and clockspeed could be tweaked a little higher on the 670 (if necessary)?

I also took a look at ASUS with AMD (although I was determined to go for NVIDIA) but there the limit is 3gb, so first I need to figure out about the memory.
You can't go wrong with either brand, I have two ASUS 670s myself in SLI. I just hope mine doesn't crap out on me anytime soon. :) I've read a lot of horror stories on ASUS with their RMA.

The ASUS cards are definitely much more quiet than my EVGA 680, even in SLI. Not a big difference in terms of performance. You're looking at 5-10% less but you might get lucky with one that is on par with a 680. Overclocking will definitely close that gap even further.

Even with 3GB VRAM, one of TPU's 7970 review puts the 7970 at a considerable advantage over the GTX 680. Especially at 2560x1600 resolution.
 

RCoon

Gaming Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Apr 19, 2012
Messages
11,370 (5.50/day)
Likes
9,511
Location
Gypsyland, UK
System Name HP Omen 17
Processor i7 7700HQ
Memory 16GB 2400Mhz DDR4
Video Card(s) GTX 1060
Storage Samsung SM961 256GB + HGST 1TB
Display(s) 1080p IPS G-SYNC 75Hz
Audio Device(s) Bang & Olufsen
Power Supply 230W
Mouse Roccat Kone XTD+
Software Win 10 Pro
#9
I dont like the coolers on EVGA at ALL. Asus RMA system is a nightmare (only experienced MoBo RMA), but their cards are pretty damn awesome. Coolers are good, overclock is good, all round solid cards. It's just if they go wrong, you have an average percentage of having a few problems with RMA. EVGA has very good RMA, and I've heard many good reviews on that, but I just cant say anything other than the cards are good average cards.
 
Joined
Jun 3, 2007
Messages
22,400 (5.82/day)
Likes
8,922
Location
'Merica. The Great SOUTH!
System Name The Mailbox 4.5
Processor Intel i7 2600k @ 4.2GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH Intel LGA 1155
Cooling Scythe Katana 4
Memory G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB DDR3 1866: 9-9-9-24
Video Card(s) MSI 1080 "Duke" with 8Gb of RAM. Boost Clock 1847 MHz
Storage 256Gb M4 SSD, 500Gb WD (7200) 128Gb Agelity 4 SSD
Display(s) LG 29" Class 21:9 UltraWide® IPS LED Monitor 2560 x 1080
Case Cooler Master 922 HAF
Audio Device(s) SupremeFX X-Fi with Bose Companion 2 speakers.
Power Supply SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold
Mouse SteelSeries Sensei (RAW) and a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet.
Keyboard Razer BlackWidow
Software Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
Benchmark Scores Benching is for bitches.
#10
I dont like the coolers on EVGA at ALL. Asus RMA system is a nightmare (only experienced MoBo RMA), but their cards are pretty damn awesome. Coolers are good, overclock is good, all round solid cards. It's just if they go wrong, you have an average percentage of having a few problems with RMA. EVGA has very good RMA, and I've heard many good reviews on that, but I just cant say anything other than the cards are good average cards.
My EVGA 670 FTW Edition beats most 680's.
 

Zer0

New Member
Joined
Jan 17, 2013
Messages
16 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
#11
Just a quick note from somebody who has Gigabyte GTX 670 2gb OC version.

If You can pay, get the GTX 680, but GTX 670 can be clocked a little to have the same performance. If You need any opinions or benchmarks, let me know...