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Offline NiHaoMike

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Which GTX 970 card to buy?
« on: September 22, 2014, 03:15:54 pm »
I recently upgraded my monitor to 4K and now I'm looking for a GPU to replace my aging 560 Ti. I decided on the 970 since the 980 only performs 10-20% better but costs almost double.

* Use cases are a lot of desktop work at 4K, some gaming at 1080p 120Hz, and maybe a few CUDA/GPGPU apps. The last part is what I think might be most stressful on the card since it could be running more or less full load for hours or days. Little or no overclocking.
* How helpful are more phases as far as long term reliability go? What about digital vs. analog VRM controllers? I plan to keep using it in my main machine for a few years just like the 560 Ti before it, plus I reuse old cards in older machines. In other words, I hold onto GPUs (and computer hardware in general) until they can no longer serve a useful purpose.
* Are the multi fan coolers really that much better than the reference design style coolers? I do know that the multi fan designs generally put a lot of heat into the case, but the machine I'm putting it in has excellent ventilation.
* I would prefer a card with physical dimensions no bigger than about 10" x 5". More than that and I might have to relocate some other parts in order for it to fit.
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Re: Which GTX 970 card to buy?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2014, 05:11:19 pm »
I haven't tried any recent card with reference cooling (I guess they must have improved it over the years) but I have always had an excellent experience with ASUS GPU's, especially with their "DirectCU" cooling. Their GTX970 card also seems to get good reviews. http://www.asus.com/us/Graphics_Cards/STRIXGTX970DC2OC4GD5/overview/ Dimensions are a bit bigger than your specified maximum though.
 


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