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August 11, 2012 10:30:50 PM

I am in the market for a new graphics card and have set my sights on the gtx 680. Problem is, there are a ton of different 680's (as you guys know). There are companies like evga, asus, and gigabyte just to name a few. I have no clue what is the cream of the crop card and the reviews online aren't really helping seeing as im pretty inexperienced with pc's. I have heard good reviews about the gtx 680s that evga and gigabyte make but Im not sure what is the favorite. Can you guys help me out? Just drop a comment saying what the best one is. If you don't feel like putting a long comment just put down a little blurb saying your opinion. Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 1:22:46 AM

whichever one is the cheapest.... :p 
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August 12, 2012 2:46:42 AM

verbalizer said:
whichever one is the cheapest.... :p 


could you elaborate on that? That wasn't helpful
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 3:11:28 AM

this one-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
here's a good review-
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/05/21/asus_geforce_...

bottom line-
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Through all of our gameplay testing the ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP lead the field. ASUS is one of the first companies to do away with weak factory overclocks and delivered a video card with some real muscle in its stock operating frequencies. We found that the ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DC II TOP had a noticeable performance advantage compared to both the reference GeForce GTX 680 and the Radeon HD 7970. Not only that, it drew less power during testing and was much cooler and quieter than both video cards.
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 3:14:25 AM

xB01S0NxBARRYx said:
could you elaborate on that? That wasn't helpful

whichever GTX 680 with the highest clock for the least price..
that's what I meant in detail.

for specific models, what models do have to choose from, are you ordering from newegg.com or what.?
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 3:14:51 AM

verbalizer said:
whichever GTX 680 with the highest clock for the least price..
that's what I meant in detail.

for specific models, what models do have to choose from, are you ordering from newegg.com or what.?


Asus DCII TOP get's my vote,highly rated cooler and efficient.
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a c 604 U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 3:33:44 AM

The best GTX 680 has got to be the MSI Lightning. While it is factory clocked a bit lower than the Asus TOP, it's cooler works a little bit better. Cooler temperatures on the GTX 680 lead to higher, more consistently sustained Turbo Boosts. So even with a lower factory overclock, the Lightning still slightly outperforms the Asus TOP. But both cards I would consider to be number 1a and 1b.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
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August 12, 2012 3:34:42 AM

yeah newegg seems like the best place to order from
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 3:45:07 AM

monitor set-up / resolution.?
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August 12, 2012 4:14:13 AM

1920 x 1080. Its a benq xl2420t
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 4:15:20 AM

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/30/msi_geforce_g...
MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning Overclocking Redux

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The highest stable overclock with voltage on the MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning using the default BIOS had a significant performance increase compared the overclock without voltage tweaking. In Max Payne 3 it was 8.9% faster than the overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning without voltage tweaking and 14.1% faster than the stock video card. BF3 Singleplayer the highest overclock was 16.1% faster than its stock settings. In BF3 Multiplayer it averaged 74 FPS and was 9.8% faster than the overclock without voltage tweaking, and 15.3% faster than the stock video card. In Batman it was 7.7% faster than the overclock without voltage tweaking and 14.5% faster than the stock video card. In The Witcher 2 it was 8.9% faster than the OC without voltage tweak and 14.3% faster than the stock MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning.

Basically, the performance increase between the overclock with and without voltage tweaking was higher than the performance increase the stock MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning experienced from the overclock without voltage tweaking. In other words, voltage tweaking provided over double the performance increase compared to the overclock without voltage tweaking.

With fans at 100% the GPU temperature on the default BIOS increased to 62c using voltage tweaking.

The LN2 BIOS had an even higher overclock which pushed the GPU extremely close to 1400MHz, and put the memory over 7GHz GDDR5. In MP3 it was 8.1% faster than the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970 and 18.1% faster than its stock settings. In BF3 SP it was 4.3% faster than the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970 and 17.9% faster than the stock MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning. In Batman the overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning was 16.2% faster than its stock settings, and 19.3% faster than the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970. In The Witcher 2 it was 2.4% faster than the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970 and 14.3% faster than the stock settings. The overclock on the LN2 BIOS increased the performance above the Overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970 in every game.

With the fans at 100% the GPU temperature on the LN2 BIOS increased to 73c using voltage tweaking and 300% Power Limit.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 12, 2012 4:43:59 AM

Best answer selected by xB01S0NxBARRYx.
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August 12, 2012 4:48:15 AM

One last question. Whats the difference between a 2gb gpu and 4gb gpu?
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 5:00:12 AM

xB01S0NxBARRYx said:
One last question. Whats the difference between a 2gb gpu and 4gb gpu?

Pretty straightforward:

The GTX 680 comes in 2 variants: a 2GB VRAM model and a 4GB VRAM model. More VRAM comes in handy when running games at high resolutions, or something more practical for most gamers, such as running high texture mods (Skyrim comes to mind). At 1080p, 2GB will suffice. The 4GB would be a waste of money if you only plan on running a single monitor at a relatively small/average resolution. If the difference isn't significant (less than $50 to $100), the 4GB variant should be taken into consideration.
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 5:13:18 AM

AbdullahG said:
Pretty straightforward:

The GTX 680 comes in 2 variants: a 2GB VRAM model and a 4GB VRAM model. More VRAM comes in handy when running games at high resolutions, or something more practical for most gamers, such as running high texture mods (Skyrim comes to mind). At 1080p, 2GB will suffice. The 4GB would be a waste of money if you only plan on running a single monitor at a relatively small/average resolution. If the difference isn't significant (less than $50 to $100), the 4GB variant should be taken into consideration.

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a c 271 U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 12:09:37 PM

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