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June 23, 2012 10:01:49 PM

Going from an ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II Top to an MSI GTX 680 Lightning?

I am wondering if I should even check into that because I know someone that wants my GTX 670 DCII TOP and I was looking at that new 680 Lightning and it looks pretty good, I have also been a fan of the MSI Lightning series. The benchmark scores aren't a lot higher then the GTX 670 DCII Top though. Should I wait for the EVGA Classified GTX 680 4GB?

Curious what you guys think.

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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 2:29:47 AM

Price/Performance wise, it is not worth it & most probably you do not need it. But if your "want" comes into play & you can afford the price difference, then I say go for it because otherwise, you will always be itching for that MSI GTX 680 lightning. I know the feeling and such itches are very hard to scratch... :) 
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June 24, 2012 2:36:23 AM

Yeah. I'd rather just get an MSI Lightning GTX 680 then keep my 670 and want to upgrade it to another 670 in SLI, I feel like the 680 Lightning will last me longer, probably until next year. Then I can sell it towards a new video card, it's either that or get another 670 to SLi, either or really.
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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 4:26:29 AM

well the fps difference between the two card is literally 2-3 according to techpower up in games like crysis 2 and battlefield 3 at 1080p. I have the gtx 670 direct cu II Top as well and I will be getting a second one in 3months. Cause if I were to sell it and buy a lightning, it'd cost me around $150-200, so I'd rather save up another $200 and get a sli gtx 670 direct CU II Top. The 670 dcu II is also much much quieter then the lightning 25dbA vs 36dbA. I can barely hear the fan even at 100% speed. And it also beats most(if not all) of the reference gtx 680s and even some of the overclocked ones.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_680_Lightnin...

imo you won't notice a thing after getting the lightning. Cause personally I want steady 60+ fps in all games maxed 1080p and I don't think either of those single gpus will be enough for me. Hence, sli gtx 670 is the best option here.
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June 24, 2012 4:35:03 AM

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

The 670 and 680s are virtually the same GPU with difference price points -- the 680 only exhibits about a 2-8% increase in most games, but is 120$ pricier.

The extra gigs of VRAM are only put into use if you want to run multiple monitor setups or a single monitor resolution higher than 1080p like 2560x1440.

Rather than that, the 670 is basically a 680 - 120$
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June 24, 2012 5:44:35 AM

Sooo, my only question is and I think it was answered already on these forums. Will my Corsair TX750 Watt V2, be enough for 2x GTX 670s in SLi? I have the SLi Bridge ready and everything.
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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 5:47:36 AM

Yep, it will be plenty.
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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 5:49:38 AM

^^ what he said. even a 650w psu should be enough for the gtx670 sli
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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 6:01:10 AM

mf2385 said:
Sooo, my only question is and I think it was answered already on these forums. Will my Corsair TX750 Watt V2, be enough for 2x GTX 670s in SLi? I have the SLi Bridge ready and everything.

Sure! Its more than enough. Go right ahead & enjoy!
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June 24, 2012 6:46:36 AM

Thanks!
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June 24, 2012 6:48:01 AM

Keep in mind my CPU is overclocked to 4.7GHz with my Corsair H80, running a Sandy Bridge Core-i5 2500K @ 4.7GHz, 16GB DDR3 1600mhz Ripjawz, 1 DVD drive, 3 case fans. Should I be fine even with slight overclocking of the video cards? Motherboard is a Gigabyte UD3H-B3 Z68. So should be fine? I intend on getting 2x ASUS GTX 670 DCII Top and SLi if this is the case and should be awesome!!
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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 7:35:01 AM

mf2385 said:
Keep in mind my CPU is overclocked to 4.7GHz with my Corsair H80, running a Sandy Bridge Core-i5 2500K @ 4.7GHz, 16GB DDR3 1600mhz Ripjawz, 1 DVD drive, 3 case fans. Should I be fine even with slight overclocking of the video cards? Motherboard is a Gigabyte UD3H-B3 Z68. So should be fine? I intend on getting 2x ASUS GTX 670 DCII Top and SLi if this is the case and should be awesome!!


The gtx 670 in sli would draw around 433w at maximum load with some minor overclocking. So you should be fine even with a 650w psu. With 750w, you have plenty of rooms for OC'ing. Your mobo has 2 pci-e x16 slots so your good for sli
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June 24, 2012 7:38:32 AM

Sounds good!
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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 7:45:35 AM

btw let us know how it goes with the gtx 670 sli, I will be getting mine in a few months. too bad I am broke atm after getting the new macbook air13.
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June 24, 2012 7:49:42 AM

I will, and I will be posting 3Dmark 11 and various game benchmarks with a single 670 DCII Top and SLi ASUS GTX 670 DCII Tops!
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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 7:56:46 AM



this is my single gtx670 direct cu II top (stock coreclock,+250 memory clock) with i5 2500k 4.6ghz
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June 24, 2012 8:19:47 AM

I want to hit 10K with a single gtx 670 direct cu II top, I think I should be able to with my i5 2500k 4.7 GHz 16GB DDR3, a little overclocked. Good score though!
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