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which gtx 970?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by TheMrSlynky, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. TheMrSlynky

    TheMrSlynky New Member

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    just wondering, in a months time or so i plan on getting a gtx 970, and im thinking of getting the msi version although people say to get the evga or gigabyte one because it performs or cools better, is this true or not? i will also be getting the z97 g45 motherboard which is also msi so will the msi gpu perform better on a msi motherboard?
     
  2. JFundin

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    What i have heard is that MSI's GTX 970's have problems with coil whine. As far as cooling goes, MSI's Twin Frozr cooler is one of the best GPU cooler out there!

    If the card performs better on a MSI motherboard? No!

    If i were to pick, i would choose ASUS GTX 970 Strix! If you don't go for the MSI one ;)
     
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    Apparently coil whine seems to be a common issue with the 900 series due to the capacitors used on the PCB design.. Even my EVGA GTX 970 FTW has it, and it's supposed to be the best/fastest 970 from EVGA (for now at least, until they release the Classified version)...

    If brand/warranty conditions isn't of big concern for you; I'd say that you wouldn't go wrong with ASUS, MSI or Gigabyte (or EVGA) - both the MSI and ASUS GTX970 has higher quality components on the PCB (digital voltage regulators), whereas Gigabyte and EVGA's is closer to the reference design.

    In terms of cooling, the WindForce cooler on the Gigabyte is the best (as it has 3 fans), but it's also the longest, largest and heaviest (keep that in mind, if it can interfere with your case).
    Second best is most likely MSI, and if you're also getting a MSI motherboard, it should match it quite nicely, however there's nothing to gain in terms of performance (by pairing a MSI motherboard witht a MSI GPU).
    I'd rate ASUS and EVGA around the same in cooling performance (after the new 'silent' bios for the EVGA), perhaps with EVGA cooling just a little bit better.
    Both ASUS and EVGA (ACX 2.0) employs 0% fan mode when the GPU is idle (up until it hits around 60c for EVGA), which is very nice as the PC can be almost completely quiet then.

    In conclusion; no matter which brand you choose; they will all be within reasonable temperatures, none of them will have any thermal throttling (unless you have a bad case with very very very very VERY(!) bad airflow), and should all overclock equally as good (with higher chance of a better OC if you buy a factory overclocked cards, as they're binned for higher speeds).
    So it just comes down to which card you prefer the most, let it be by features, price, brand or aesthetics :)
    Also, please don't get a card with the reference cooler, i.e. like this one:
    [​IMG]
    As you will definitely have a higher chance of being limited by thermals, and it's much noisier, so get a card that uses an 'aftermarket' cooler (like the ASUS STRIX).
     
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    I own the Strix 970 and am very pleased with the sound, performance, and price.
     
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    ridhavraj singh New Member

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    The G1 gigabyte gtx 970 cools better and has better overclocking capabilities so i would suggest going with that one.
     
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    I personally prefer EVGA card, high factory clocked and great warranty.
     
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    Go with Gigabyte G1!
     
  8. kairus

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    Strix or Twin Frozr
     
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    These are the best 970s in my opinion:
    -MSI
    -Gigabyte
    -EVGA
    unfortunately the evga one has some coil whine :(
     
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    Gigabyte every time :D got one myself last week and it's a beast!
     
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    In my opinion it isn't worth to pay extra for an other cooler, but if they are the same price Gigabyte, MSI and Asus seem to be quite good!
     
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    The new GALAX OC Silent Infinity Black Edition looks pretty cool, and owning a Galaxy card myself I would say they are a good brand. (Galaxy now GALAX)
     
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    Good luck on finding a 970 Strix as they have been sold out for many weeks almost everywhere and the ones that do have one, you could almost buy a 980.
    I personally own a 970 Strix and pleased with the card. I paid $345ish including tax although i did drive an hour to the closest Micro Center. The zero decibel
    fans are great, i barely hear them when just surfing the web with the fans running 50%.
     
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    I read that many gtx 970 have problems like the gpu not getting used up to 99% and being used mostly at 20% and some other stuff.I want an upgrade too,was thinking of 960 or amds new upcoming series
     
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    I'll throw in my vote for the Gigabyte G1, it really does seem to be the best
     
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    Have a Gigabyte G1 Gaming myself and it is most certainly a beast :) but then i did move up from 8800 gt's in SLI! xD
     
  17. Patrick Anicoche

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    get the evga sc or gigabyte g1 gaming
     
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    Inno3D iChill GTX 970 has great cooler so it is probably the coolest GTX 970 on market but it is a little bit noisier. Galax EXOC is similar.
    MSI has semi passive mode like Asus Strix so they are good if you need quiet solution.
    And I would say that Gigabyte is golden mean.
     
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    My friend had this same discussion with me, and after some research, we found some important stuff:
    The coolest option is the Gigabyte G1 Gaming Windforce GTX970, with three fans however, this beast comes inover 330cm long and is much heavier. It does have a reinforced backplate, which will add longevity to the card from warping.
    Slightly behind in temps, but ahead by a frame or so, the MSI Twin Frozr GTX970 comes in, and if in Europe; cheaper than all other after-market cooled cards. It's overclocking potential is quite high, and it's fairly silent.
    The Asus Strix falls evenly with the EVGA ACX 2.0 GTX970, being nearly the same temperature and sound level. Both have a cool design, but the EVGA version is cheaper in Europe than the Asus one.
    If you plan on liquid cooling the card (with the NZXT bracket for example) then the easiest to disassemble would most likely be the MSI card, due to the lack of a backplate. Of course, the Maxwell line don't run hot, so this shouldn't be a deciding factor.
     
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    Go gigabyte g1, it's my favorite from the start, and every single review I've read confirmed it's best of all build quality. The only downside is if you're into silent builds, since it uses 3-pin fans so no PWM and 0-db gaming, but you can use a custom curve in afterburner down to 1000rpm and it ain't loud at all.
     

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