Building Computer: GTX 680 or GTX 670

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#1 Posted by XVision84 (13804 posts) -

So I plan on getting a new gaming PC really soon, and I'm stuck between two cards:

The Asus GTX 680:http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=048689

and EVGA's GTX 670:http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=049454

The 680 has more CUDA cores and a higher clock speed, but do you guys think it's worth the extra $120? It won't really be much of a problem for me, but if it's not going to make much of a difference there's no point in getting it. And what should I be looking at in terms of cooling these cards? I don't need to go for liquid, I just want to make sure traditional fans are enough. Also, I'll only be gaming in 1080p, nothing higher.

Thanks for the help :).

#2 Posted by Barujin (308 posts) -

The benchmark comparisons that I managed to find showed that they are very close in FPS. http://www.squidoo.com/gtx680-vs-gtx670 I don't know why that was hard to find.

#3 Posted by XVision84 (13804 posts) -

The benchmark comparisons that I managed to find showed that they are very close in FPS. http://www.squidoo.com/gtx680-vs-gtx670 I don't know why that was hard to find.

Barujin

Will the extra 200MHz help at all in terms of performance? The GTX 680 I linked is different.

#4 Posted by Barujin (308 posts) -

[QUOTE="Barujin"]

The benchmark comparisons that I managed to find showed that they are very close in FPS. http://www.squidoo.com/gtx680-vs-gtx670 I don't know why that was hard to find.

XVision84

Will the extra 200MHz help at all in terms of performance? The GTX 680 I linked is different.

Not likely. The manufacturer simply set a minor overclock on the card.

#5 Posted by ionusX (25716 posts) -

[QUOTE="XVision84"]

[QUOTE="Barujin"]

The benchmark comparisons that I managed to find showed that they are very close in FPS. http://www.squidoo.com/gtx680-vs-gtx670 I don't know why that was hard to find.

Barujin

Will the extra 200MHz help at all in terms of performance? The GTX 680 I linked is different.

Not likely. The manufacturer simply set a minor overclock on the card.

indeed less than 10fps normally seperates the two and that will only improve its preformance by about .1 - .4 of an fps. which is generally what you get with factory overclocked videocards.

#6 Posted by XVision84 (13804 posts) -

Alright, thanks a lot guys :).

#7 Posted by mrmarrero (306 posts) -

Agreed. The $120 mark up for the 680 is not worth it. If you're set on a 680 or 670, it's gotta' be 670 all the way.

#8 Posted by GamingVengeance (1874 posts) -
go to ncix.ca you can get 670s there as little as 310-340 after rebate
#9 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38218 posts) -

Get a 670, it performs so close to a 680 at a much smaller price. The difference in price is not worth it at all. I have a 670 and an i5 and I can max every single game I have at high frames.

#10 Posted by hartsickdiscipl (14787 posts) -

[QUOTE="Barujin"]

[QUOTE="XVision84"]

Will the extra 200MHz help at all in terms of performance? The GTX 680 I linked is different.

ionusX

Not likely. The manufacturer simply set a minor overclock on the card.

indeed less than 10fps normally seperates the two and that will only improve its preformance by about .1 - .4 of an fps. which is generally what you get with factory overclocked videocards.

10 fps is a big deal if it's the difference between 50 and 60fps. It's not a big deal if it's the difference between 150 and 160fps. The performance gap can be better expressed in a percentage, instead of a raw fps number.

A decently factory overclocked GPU is usually MUCH more than 0.1 to 0.4 fps faster than a reference version.

#11 Posted by SolidTy (45552 posts) -

The 680 is overpriced right now.

If you know anything about GPUs, this is a trend you will have noticed for a great many years.

Get the 670 or wait for the 680s price to drop. It's a waste of money if you are asking. If money isn't a problem go nuts and enjoy that extra 5-10% performance boost.

#12 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (4318 posts) -
People always say go for the 670 because it's performance is "close". At the end of the day it's an inferior card. Get a proper GPU. Get a 680 :D.................( or 2 )
#13 Posted by Masenkoe (4888 posts) -

You'd be better off getting a 4gb 670

#14 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38218 posts) -

People always say go for the 670 because it's performance is "close". At the end of the day it's an inferior card. Get a proper GPU. Get a 680 :D.................( or 2 )acanofcoke

They say that because it's price is a good bit less than a 680, the price difference isn't worth it. So building a computer there's no point throwing money at a 680 when he can save money for an almost identical card and put it towards something else like a better CPU

#15 Posted by danxxx (682 posts) -
get the 670 FTW it performs almost like a stock 680 with the factory overclock it has.
#16 Posted by jer_1 (7451 posts) -

Id go evga 670 FTW personally. It's a great card, that I can definitely say.

#17 Posted by HavocEbonlore (483 posts) -

Or just ditch both and get this. More memory, faster than the 670 and usually faster than the 680. Also, overclocks like a champ.

Look into the 7970 GHz edition vs GTX 680 and you'll see what I mean.

#18 Posted by Yams1980 (778 posts) -

i have a evga 680gtx since its release and i'm loving it, it overclocks nicely as well, i have the gpu +150mhz above its default and the memory at +385mhz above its default, very stable.

its hard to really tell you what to get since the 670 can probably max everything almost as well as the 680. 10-15% speed difference here and there.

also i'm running at 2560x1440... which stresses the card more then your 1080p. So maybe 670 is enough for your 1080p

#19 Posted by mitu123 (154589 posts) -

People always say go for the 670 because it's performance is "close". At the end of the day it's an inferior card. Get a proper GPU. Get a 680 :D.................( or 2 )acanofcoke
1. It's slighty inferior.

2. With the money he could get a 4GB 670 that's cheaper than a 2GB 680 and will help with higher res and game settings.

3. 680 has the worst price to performance ratio out there, even a 7970 is better in that area,

#20 Posted by GamingVengeance (1874 posts) -
i wish my mobo supported a third gpu cuz then id def get a third 670. i dont feel like gutting it out and putting a new mobo in ahhhhh #firstworldproblems
#21 Posted by mitu123 (154589 posts) -

i wish my mobo supported a third gpu cuz then id def get a third 670. i dont feel like gutting it out and putting a new mobo in ahhhhh #firstworldproblemsGamingVengeance
Same here, I feel ya!

#22 Posted by blaznwiipspman1 (6090 posts) -

People always say go for the 670 because it's performance is "close". At the end of the day it's an inferior card. Get a proper GPU. Get a 680 :D.................( or 2 )acanofcoke

if thats what people say then he should get the 7970, since the 680 is an inferior card.

#24 Posted by KHAndAnime (14419 posts) -
Get the Gigabyte Windforce GTX 670 OC 2gb. That thing is killer, and one of the coolest and quietest running 670s. I picked up a used one for $300. With a 12% overclock, I rarely see it surpass 60c under load. With that 12% OC on top of the factory OC, it will beat out most 680s that aren't heavily overclocked. As for the noise, I've always never actually even heard the damn thing over my H80i CPU Cooler. :p