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  • quadfather 12 Oct 2012 01:20:05 12,152 posts
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    @Ilovechips - heh, no worries there. I know exactly what you mean. I remember forking out exactly £1640 for a dx2-33 years ago (With a 14" chuntex crt monitor no less), and I've never looked back. I love my consoles, but there's no way I cant have a pc in the house. And when it starts chugging, like mine has recently, I'm like a man obsessed until it's sorted :)

    It's almost like a curse :)

    Glad that you've appreciated them, coming from consoles. As you say, it can be a real eye opener, in a good way

    psn quaddy456, Dark Souls tips

  • UncleLou Moderator 2 Jan 2013 09:54:48 35,557 posts
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    *bump*

    Bought an Asus GTX 660 a week ago - not a much faster card than my 560Ti, but it's quiet. The old card was fine when idling, but sounded like someone switched a hairdryer on inside my case under load.

    I can't hear the new one *at all*, it's basically silent even under load. The "loudest" part in my PC is now - by some margin - the hdd.

    So, if you're looking for a silent card, consider the Asus ones as they have their own cooling solution ("DirectCU II") which makes the already quiet new Nvidia cards even quieter.
  • B0rked_Gamer 2 Jan 2013 10:10:14 2,703 posts
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    Yeah I've got the GTX 670 DCU II Top and it's silent even under heavy load. Best Card I ever bought.
  • Pompeybear 2 Jan 2013 11:25:53 454 posts
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    I agree about the ASUS Direct CU II , I just bought a 7970 and it barely makes a noise .
  • UncleLou Moderator 2 Jan 2013 12:46:36 35,557 posts
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    It's impressive, isn't it. And it does seem to make quite an impact - I checked a few online shops here in Germany before I bought one, and the Asus cards - while not the cheapest of the bunch - have by far the highest number of ratings (and the best ones too, for that matter).

    I'll never make the mistake of buying a graphics card again before I am dead certain it's quiet, the 560Ti was just annoying as hell.

    Edited by UncleLou at 12:47:03 02-01-2013
  • Bremenacht 2 Jan 2013 16:57:42 18,275 posts
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    The (/fills lungs) 'Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X' is probably the best alternative to the ASUS, from what I've read about 670s. It'll be noisier, with a smaller OC, but a lot cheaper.
  • captbirdseye 2 Jan 2013 17:04:32 4,983 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    The (/fills lungs) 'Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X' is probably the best alternative to the ASUS, from what I've read about 670s. It'll be noisier, with a smaller OC, but a lot cheaper
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    670s should be pretty decent price at moment as the 660ti has has basically made it pointless.
  • B0rked_Gamer 2 Jan 2013 17:16:57 2,703 posts
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    pfft
  • Bremenacht 2 Jan 2013 17:30:08 18,275 posts
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    Well, he's got a point. An OC 660ti is about the same as a 670 and costs at least £30 less. Last time I looked at them, they cost quite a bit more.
  • captbirdseye 2 Jan 2013 17:32:14 4,983 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    Well, he's got a point. An OC 660ti is about the same as a 670 and costs at least £30 less. Last time I looked at them, they cost quite a bit more.
    Ebay prices have dropped a bit but i'm expecting a bit of price drop retail wise. Yeah i've OC mine and benchmarks are more or less the same.
  • B0rked_Gamer 2 Jan 2013 17:44:30 2,703 posts
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    The 660ti Top seems to be as fast as a reference 670 so for sure it's a good card. The 670 made the 680 pointless and now the 660ti is pretty much as fast as the 670, which is a bit stupid to be honest. What made Nvidia spec the cards this way? Nutters.
  • B0rked_Gamer 2 Jan 2013 17:56:39 2,703 posts
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    Yes it will widen the gap again but looking at some benchmarks for the 660ti Top it's not far behind the 670 Top at all really. Certainly no appreciable difference anyway.
  • Lyserberg 2 Jan 2013 18:04:34 349 posts
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    I'm not even sure of what the author of this topic is trying to discuss, just get the card that fits in your budget, and if you don't care about CUDA, Physx or 3D Vision (these are both pros of NVIDIA cards over AMD) then you can probably consider an AMD graphics card.

    Here's a video done by a guy that i totally agree with, that will explain my opinion even further:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5fi3ARXWKc

    It's as simple as that.

    La cerise sur le gāteau!

  • Bremenacht 2 Jan 2013 18:29:50 18,275 posts
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    rodpad wrote:
    Never compare overclocked to stock in value for money terms.
    I think you have to, especially in the case of these particular cards (I dunno about AMD stuff or older cards), where an OC version of a lesser card does the same job for less money.

    If you're one for setting a budget and sticking to it, then such comparisons are definitely worthwhile. If you want the best card for a particular job though (e.g. most grunt for least noise, as with that ASUS), well, buy that card.
  • Bremenacht 2 Jan 2013 20:44:29 18,275 posts
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    rodpad wrote:
    Without going all V*zz*n*,
    Don't say that name! You might summon him!
  • Lyserberg 3 Jan 2013 11:49:15 349 posts
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    @rodpad Let me just put in this way, the more the game relies on GPU, the more it will benefit from increasing clock speeds on it, the same thing goes for CPUs some times for single or dual threaded games like COD, while the game is always able to run at very high FPS count, this will help the CPU push even more frames to the GPU to show it on the screen.

    La cerise sur le gāteau!

  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 3 Jan 2013 12:08:00 592 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    The (/fills lungs) 'Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X' is probably the best alternative to the ASUS, from what I've read about 670s. It'll be noisier, with a smaller OC, but a lot cheaper.
    I have one of these, handles pretty much everythign I throw at it. I don't think it is noisy, but I'm not particularly fussy or sensitive to these thigns really so take that with a pinch of salt. It was the best cash to speed ratio card I could get at the time.
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