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Which 4GB gtx 680?

Hello, People!

I'm in the market for a GTX 680, with 4gb and no less. Also, I'm not looking for a 670. I realize that the performance isn't that different in some cases, but I would just like to throw out there that I am not looking for anything different.

What I'm looking for in a GTX 680 is good cooling, and perhaps (doesnt have to) decent overclocking headroom. I'm a big fan of EVGA (who isn't?), but I found an Asus card already that sparked my interest. Here's a link to it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121705

I had also looked at a Gigabyte GTX 680 which had 3 fans. I don't know if I would buy from Gigabyte as I don't know their company as well as others, but if anyone has any insight on that I would be very grateful.

Well, thank you all for reading through this. I would love any suggestions on this matter. Thanks :D
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  1. Uhm... pardon me, what what is your monitor setup / resolution?

    All that "4GB" means is that it has more video RAM. Unless you've got a resolution higher than 1440p, you really don't need a 4GB card, and are just wasting money.

    And I know that you don't want to hear it, but I'm saying it anyways: if you buy a 680, you will be wasting your money. A 680 will only be 5% faster than a 670, and that number lessens after overclocking. Meanwhile, it's 25-30% more expensive. How does that make sense?

    You'd be paying $100 (or more, for the 4GB version) extra to DO NOTHING BETTER. There's not a game that the 680 can max with playable framerates that the 670 can't.
  2. Best answer
    That being said, speaking only on brands, here's my vote:

    If you're only running at stock speed, buy EVGA. That's bloody obvious.

    ASUS has a 3-slot model that's incredible cooling, but it's heavy. If that's acceptable, and you have support for it, it's the best overclocker out there.

    Gigabyte... their cooler isn't any better than anyone else's, despite having three fans, and their quality isn't as high as the big two.
  3. Thanks for the reply. I will add more monitors to my setup, probably 3 1920x1080 or higher in the near future (one of the reasons for upgrading). I want 4GB's as it will last me longer than 2GB's in the future. I will also sli some day, and considering SLI doesn't add up each cards video ram, I figure 4GB's would be wise.

    I do realize the performance comparison between the 670 and 680. However, I am asking a question that's purely based on the 680. I just want to figure out which gtx 680 will do the job the best.

    Thanks.
  4. Also, if there is a specific model that someone would recommend.
  5. the evga 680 that rings up cheapest. i'm a big fan of their cards, and there's usually not much of a difference besides a factory overclock, which is simple enough to do on your own. gigabyte is a good brand, I can't speak for their video cards but their motherboards have never let me down.
  6. do the games you play heavily depend on PhysX?
    if not, then the 7970GHZ is faster than the 680 and still has 3GB's of VRAM
  7. I'm honestly stuck between that Asus card I put in the post or an EVGA card. Do you think that Asus card would be a decent pick for a gtx 680?
  8. If you're going for 3 monitors, a 7970 is the cheaper, faster solution. The memory bandwidth of the 7970 makes it much faster than the 680 at 5760x1080. Stop being loyal to one graphics company and buy the best card available.
  9. Naw. I run AMD CPU's and Nvidia GPU's.
  10. The original poster went out of his way to say he wants a GTX 680 4GB ONLY and look how many responses tried to say he should get something else, this is why I would never take any advise from this website.
  11. fcstevensv said:
    The original poster went out of his way to say he wants a GTX 680 4GB ONLY and look how many responses tried to say he should get something else, this is why I would never take any advise from this website.


    way to revive a dead thread with nothing worth saying
  12. In the end I decided to wait for the GTX 780. It was worth it.
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