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Choosing a GTX680 model. Which one will be better?

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May 10, 2012 6:51:35 PM

Hello everyone! At the begginning I want to write that I''m a foreigner so I can make some language mistakes- so I'm sorry for that. ;) 

Ok, the thing is that I decided to buy a new GTX680 card. I'm thinking about two of them:

Option 1: http://www.kurtmedia.pl/product-pol-154666-VGA-MSI-GTX6...

Option 2: http://www.kurtmedia.pl/product-pol-153170-GAINWARD-GF-...

I know that the shop is not an intenational one, but I want you just to recognise models of card... I personally prefer MSI construction, but I don't know which one will be the best?

Greetings.
T.G.

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May 10, 2012 6:59:39 PM

I personally like MSI better than Gainward.

I know you were not asking this but, the 670 is a much better deal. It is within 5-10% of the 680 and here in the states costs 100 bucks less.
May 10, 2012 7:01:59 PM

I know that, but in my country there are still problems with 670s and I need time for this build :(  Hmm, why do you think msi is better?
I prefer it too :) 
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May 10, 2012 7:04:27 PM

Well, Gainward's card seems to use a non-reference PCB, whereas MSI's is 100% reference (according to reviews). I'd go with Gainward on this one. They're using their Phantom cooler and a non-reference PCB. MSI are keeping it stock and the one that you posted doesn't even have TF3.
May 10, 2012 7:06:02 PM

Hmm so you think that non-reference PCBs are better than reference?
May 10, 2012 7:07:01 PM

I think MSI is better because they use premium parts for there cards, for instance the lightning models use military grade components. I have read many reviews by tech sites and from users who have had very good experiences with them. Also they have good customer service. Plus I have never used a gainward card.
a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2012 7:11:24 PM

MANOFKRYPTONAK said:
I think MSI is better because they use premium parts for there cards, for instance the lightning models use military grade components. I have read many reviews by tech sites and from users who have had very good experiences with them. Also they have good customer service. Plus I have never used a gainward card.


I have. It was pretty good. No artifacts, ran everything great. It was way back though, a 9500GT. As for MSI, I know they're great, I usually prefer them too, but in this case they haven't even put their best cooler on there- come on. As for Gainward, their Phantom is really good. The GTX570 Phantom was beastly...

Of course, I can't guarantee that Gainward are still good. I just haven't seen any complaints.
May 10, 2012 7:13:38 PM

@auntarie But you still think that msi will be a good choice too? Because I trust msi more :D 
a c 88 U Graphics card
May 10, 2012 7:16:22 PM

Out of your options I'd grab the MSI, I love the Twin Frozr coolers and they overclock quite well.The Gainward Phantom is a nice card , great cooler too and good factory overclock but it does have a 3 slot cooler....not sure if you want to have a card that big.
May 10, 2012 7:21:08 PM

Which of them do you think is lighter? I don't want to have heavy card, because there are flexible then- mother gravity is cruel ;) 
a c 88 U Graphics card
May 10, 2012 7:47:45 PM

The MSI would be lighter, cos it is a 2 slotter, thats my guess.
May 10, 2012 8:00:30 PM

Ok, so I'll buy msi TF construction I gues ;) 
a c 88 U Graphics card
May 10, 2012 8:21:47 PM

You won't be dissapointed with it :) 
May 11, 2012 1:42:56 PM

There were some problem with distribution MSI TF model in my area so I had to order Gainward Phantom II. I hope I will be happy with this one. Someone had some experiences with gainward cards?

I even don't have any worries about free space in my case- I have CM 692 advanced so I think that there will be enought space for 2,5 slot card ;) 
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