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2 asus gtx 670 top vs single msi gtx 680 lightning. Which to choose?

As the title suggests, which configuration is better? I will be using an ROG asus motherboard, so either the Maximus v Gene or the Formula. The resolution will be 1920 by 1080 and a 120hz monitor will be used along with an i5-3570k and 8gb of ram. I will be looking forward to keeping this system 4-5 years and playing games on max settings if possible. Thank you for your suggestions.
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    Go for the 680.

    With SLI you never actually get twice the performance and it just opens up a whole world of problems. There's twice the risk (two cards that could go faulty instead of one), you destroy the airflow and raise temperatures within the case and not to mention the endless hours you could spend diagnosing graphical faults just to find out it's because there's always issues when you try and run 2 cards together.

    In my opinion (not always right, I know ;)) go for the 680. It's an amazing card and will do you fantastically for at least 4-5 years. I still use a 5 year old card in my spare gaming rig and I can happily play BF3 on it.

    Hope this helps
  2. nope go for a 670. it has 5% less performance than a 680 while costing 100 dollars less. one 670 is more than enough for maxing out current games and 2 is overkill for a 1080p monitor.

    if you use asus, id get the gtx670 directcu2 top edition to keep up with the asus theme. you can always wait for the msi lightning 670 but the directcu2 top is the more viable choice
  3. Ok then no sli. I've looked around a bit more and I've decided on a single GPU configuration. But, I am torn between 670 and 680, and multiple manufacturers. I've considered Asus, Msi, EVGA and maybe Gigabyte.

    Gtx 680 cards:

    Msi 680 lightning (1 choice)
    Msi 680 twin frozr
    Asus 680 direct cu2 top (2 choice)
    Asus 680 direct cu2
    EVGA 680 ftw
    EVGA 680 ftw le
    EVGA 680 sc signature with backplate
    EVGA 680 sc with backplate
    EVGA 680 sc
    EVGA 680 sc signature 2
    EVGA 680
    Gigabyte 680 wind force

    Gtx 670 cards:

    Msi 670 power edition
    Msi 670 power edition sc (3 choice)
    Asus 670 direct cu2 top/non top
    EVGA 670 ftw
    EVGA 670
    Gugabyte 670 wind force

    Which one do you think will achieve the highest overclocks for both the core and memory without throttling at 70c as kepler does. I've seen the average for the 680 lightning is around 1300, 1250 for the Asus 680 top, and I don't like EVGA cards as much bc they have simple cooler=higher temp and noise, which I don't like.
  4. id always get a 670 just because you can find them anywhere and they are much cheaper for about the same performance.

    the evga ftw has the most value out of the 670s just because it only costs 10 dollars more for a better cooler and PCB. the best performing one and the most overclockable one would the soon to release msi 670 lightning or the asus directcu2 top 670
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  6. The asus 670 top/non top have problems, and the msi 670 power edition has no backplate, so i think i will either go for the 680 lightning or the 680 top. The 680 top on guru3d was the better card compared to the lightning, but was 9c hotter. Do you think that at high overclocks that it will throttle?At techpowerup, the 680 top was also the better card vs the lightning. the 680 top is 50$ cheaper, so I think that this is the card for me?
  7. i think it was only newegg who got a bad batch of 670 top cards. in canada, we hardly hear things about it

    like you will ever see the backplate.

    its not really worth 50 dollars just for a little bit more overclocking and a little bit coolerness
  8. Best answer selected by LonelyMan.
  9. TheBigTroll said:
    i think it was only newegg who got a bad batch of 670 top cards. in canada, we hardly hear things about it

    like you will ever see the backplate.

    its not really worth 50 dollars just for a little bit more overclocking and a little bit coolerness


    Hahaha!
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