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Difference between EVGA XC Ultra and FTW3?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

As title says. Whats the difference between EVGA's XC Ultra and FTW3 graphics card? There seems to only be a $20 difference.

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XC Ultra is 2 fan 3 slot, FTW3 is 3 fan 2.5 slot or 3 slot depending on the GPU you're talking about


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Posted · Original PosterOP
8 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

XC Ultra is 2 fan 3 slot, FTW3 is 3 fan 2.5 slot or 3 slot depending on the GPU you're talking about

any other difference other than that? different heat sink, pcb, clock speed?

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10 minutes ago, MenSuRx said:

any other difference other than that? different heat sink, pcb, clock speed?

All of those you listed are different. Imo only GPU, brand (customer service) and design language stays the same.


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Posted · Original PosterOP
21 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

All of those you listed are different. Imo only GPU, brand (customer service) and design language stays the same.

To my knowledge XC cards use a reference PCB. If the FTW3 is using a custom PCB I'm gonna assume it has better performance in temperature and clock speed. Would that be a reason to spend $20 more for the FTW3 model?

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9 minutes ago, MenSuRx said:

it has better performance in temperature 

That's purely because of the heatsink, not the PCB. There are plenty of cards with much smaller PCB than coolers that cool themselves well

 

10 minutes ago, MenSuRx said:

it has better performance in clock speed.

more about silicon lottery than PCB

 

11 minutes ago, MenSuRx said:

Would that be a reason to spend $20 more for the FTW3 model?

I won't. I see where the $20 goes to and I agree that it's worth it, but the XC Ultra is already overkill and I dont need more overkill on top of that.


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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I just watched this video last night coincidentally.  It’s not entirely about comparing those 2 cards ( he also compares them with a Founder’s edition) but he summarizes the differences between the 2 evga cards really well.  They are also the 2080 Ti versions but the differences are probably consistent among most offerings. Hope it helps you .

 

 

 


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3 hours ago, MenSuRx said:

As title says. Whats the difference between EVGA's XC Ultra and FTW3 graphics card? There seems to only be a $20 difference.

it's worth the 20usd difference, better cooler, pcb.


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5 hours ago, MenSuRx said:

To my knowledge XC cards use a reference PCB. If the FTW3 is using a custom PCB I'm gonna assume it has better performance in temperature and clock speed. Would that be a reason to spend $20 more for the FTW3 model?

No, but imo it's worth going for a really nice cooler because the acoustics are so much better. There's potential for longer lifespan but EVGA generally makes great cards across the board. 


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