Discussion in 'Reviews' started by W1zzard, Jan 24, 2013.
To read this review go to: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/
I'm guessing the first "EVGA 670 FTW" is referencing the non-signature version? There might need to be some clarification.
Asus DC II did the best job this generation to keep low noise operation , but between Gigabyte WF3 and EVGA FTW Signature 2 which is the quietest cooler?
I updated the text to clarify that i am talking about the Signature 2 version
the fan noise numbers from our reviews are directly comparable
Well which one sounds better? When I was looking at 660 Ti's I saw the Twin Frozr III lower on the db chart than a Galaxy GC, but then that same site did recordings so you could hear them. The TF3 sounded awful and the galaxy just sounded like rushing air... so it's more than just db at this point.
Also no vrm cooling? Wtf? I'd wager the 20 cent extruded aluminum sink they could have strapped on would help a lot with high overclocks and staving off failures.
$420? What are they? High?
EDIT: Hopefully some people got it.
I know, it was lame...
Ftws are high clocked gpu cores on gtx 680 pcb boards, so there gonna command a higher price, my 670 ftw was about that much a few months ago. Evgas have good warranties with them and quality components so there not gonna give em away for free and your also paying for non reference cooler
RAM and VRM not cooled ?? What a shame !
Since I have this card I was interested in the Step up thing since I had not heard about it, so I went to EVGA's support page and it says the 670 FTW Sig 2 isn't supported in the step up program?
That disappoints me cause it sounded like such a good idea
Seems kind of counter productive to purchase an extended warranty so you can get rid of your card within 3 months.
you can not step up to this card "EVGA will only release reference versions of its products, NVIDIA reference spec and clock, to the Step-Up program."
my understanding is that when they release a gtx 700 gpu to step up you can upgrade from the sig2 to the new gpu
Yeah, I done some research and joined the info:
No reason for a GTX 680 really with the GTX 670 FTW out in the wild
Glad to see W1zz got a EVGA to review. As I suspected these FTW cards are pretty damn awesome compared to other 670's on the market. I love mine.
im not a big EVGA fan....
seems to me all they do is put out a ref. 680 with 1344 cuda ct. slap a cooler on it and call it a day.....
not like galaxy asus or msi, which all design pcb/ power delivery in house.....
Ah I see, I see.. that makes more sense.
EVGA Step-Up is a Joke!
EVGA Step-Up is a Joke! And only good for lifetime warranty parts, or extended warranty. So you also need the forethought to purchase the extended warranty within 30 days... another $25 minimum for this price level. I question, you think you’re getting a really "Top Shelve" EVGA then find it only musters a 3-Year... While is that extended warranty transferable to your Step-Up? Doubt!
EVGA -“knowing you can upgrade to the latest parts that come out within the first 90 days from your purchase. In the computer hardware world, 90 days is a lifetime!” So W1zz you’re convinced that we will see and EVGA 7XX card on sale at EVGA site by April the 26, 2013? We can take that to the Bank...
I’ve never heard any owner that had a scenario where they came away with anything respectable, once adding a good amount of cash and down time. If 7XX’s show by then EVGA gives you back the final price (what you paid after rebates and not including tax). So if you buy today let’s put it at $420; then April 26th EVGA list parts for 770’s and 780’s for instance, while remember those first runs are most often a little more generic construction than this card.
So, do you buy the 770 that might get you 15-20% more performance for their site’s MSRP of $400…, or a 780 that’s $500? I’m skeptical my assessment it will be higher... what’s your guess?
The problem is you more than likely you paid tax on the 670FTW to the tune of say $35, then $25 for a warranty (you never needed) and shipping both ways (remember original packaging). So on the original card $35 tax, +$25 warranty, say $8 to send it to EVGA. I think you have to purchase something of the same price or more for new card (IDK), plus sale tax on the new card (in LA) figure $38 and what EVGA get for shipping say $8. That adds up to like $114. When all is said and done for a card that’s list on the site for $420, and for that you probably won’t get as nice of card and cooler. While 15-20% performance you added 27% more cash plus the wait.. not any great move.
A 780 isn’t any better move as that adds like a $200 on top of the $420 = $620 or you supplemented you original purchase by 48%. Or, you you could look at it as add over $16 a week in that 90 day period.
Heck I had a friend who called as he could drive to Brea, CA and said... nooo-can-do!
I paid zero tax on mine and the step up is from when you bought the card.
Well that helps, but what will EVGA actually have listed 75-90 day from your date of purchase that is a true step-up?
For people who by a card then the next month (past 30 day return policy) a new one comes out......yes its a good deal.
I find it hard to believe that this card is that quiet at load. My GTX680 Signature 2 before putting it on water was pretty loud.
To be honest, I have no experience with the EVGA step up program. But random people I asked tell me good things about it. I found it fair to mention it in the conclusion of the review and would appreciate some comments in this thread, from anyone who dealt with it.
NVIDIA is releasing a GK110 based card around March. Not sure about other GTX 7xx Series cards.
Yes, it's really that quiet, and still the ASUS GTX 670 DC II is quieter. Buy one, if you think it's too noisy I'll pay the restocking fee.
My 670 FTW is dead quiet. I can never hear it.
You have the one with the reference 680 cooler too.
Power consumption of the GTX670 is lower than GTX680, and this card has the same cooler as yours, so naturally, with less heat, the fans spin slower, and will be quieter than your own card.
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