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Dec 13, 2015
I'm thinking of switching to an Nvidia card as my Gigabyte AMD card is having some issues. Unfortunately, I can't send it back at this point, so it's just live and learn. I was told on another thread that for 1080P gaming which is what I'm doing now that a 970 is good enough and I don't need to worry about the 3.5/.5 GB issue. Can someone recommend a good GTX 970? I've only got 10.5 inches of clearance with my current case...when I build my new system I'll have plenty, but right now this is what I'm working with. So if I could get a recommendation of around 10 inches or so, that would be much appreciated. I'm leaning away from Gigabyte because my 390 keeps failing, but I think an EVGA is my only choice because the card is short enough. What do you guys think? Thanks for any responses.


Apr 12, 2013
Central US
If you plan to overclock, get a dual bios card. The EVGA FTW (ACX 2.0+), the Gigabyte and MSI cards are very good as well. Stay away from the STRIX 970, it's locked at 1.212v and even a bios mod won't raise it....and with 1 x 8 pin power connector, they're severely power limited. Most of the Galax cards are also voltage limited.

If you're not going to overclock....pick one. They're all about the same.