by the way the old gtx970sc is no more and this has replaced it at the same price point. the new ftw+ will be aggressively priced also according to @evga_jacobF
this is the card that evga should have came out with in the beginning as their rendition of the gtx970 is quite poor compared to the rest
I own the gtx970sc and I am about to use the step-up program to get the new ssc model (already approved just have to send in my GPU and it only is costing me shipping). my card is great with no coil whine and a great overclocker getting up to 1550/8000. in the end I just want the upped power limit and voltage control as some games are playing havoc with this card and its low power target.
Common Niels, this was not a good article. To keep it short, the SSC replaces the SC card. The SSC has better power delivery, the ACX cooler has been improved, better rear I/O and I think a backplate ( don't quote me on the plate). Jayztwocents has a vid on it. Full overview:http://m.hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/78613-evga-launching-new-improved-geforce-gtx-970-ssc-card/
Wow... I would agree with FKR, this is a pretty bad article. It includes nothing most of us care about. EVGA up until this point took an OEM card and slapped their cooler on it. With this card they upgraded components including the VRM's for the GPU from 4 phase to 6 phase. I couldn't find whether they upgraded the 1 phase vRAM VRM to 2 phase, but I would suspect they would upgrade the components. Way to be late to the party there EVGA. Most of the other brands did this day 1 and you thought you could get away with selling plain Jane cards with a shiny cooler. With so many GTX970 SKU's out there from eVGA you have to do your research before buying one. I'm sure they lost a lot of sales to MSI, Gigabyte, and ASUS for those of us who read through reviews to find which cards had the better components off the truck.
the previous acx cooler was replaced rightt away with the acx 2.0 which is a good cooler but this new acx cooler with straight pipes running the length of the card will lower temps by another 5C or so from what I have read on the evga forums.
the new card does have a 6+2 design which is great
this card does not have a backplate but it does have a mosfet/memory front plate between the heatsink and the pcb.
and jay2tall you ara absolutely right that the early evga 970 cards are crap reference cards.
for anybody reading this who bought a gtx970 from evga they are allowing us to step-up to another improved gtx970. for most anybody there is no cost other than shipping so make sure you do this if you can
the only cards that i rec from evga right now are the new ssc and the soon to be released ftw+