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Best GTX 680 for under $500

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 22, 2012 6:33:34 PM

Alright so I have my new gaming rig built and running, all except a graphics card because I haven't completely narrowed it down yet.
I know I want a GTX 680, but the question is which companies card has the best value.
Here is what I am really needing input on.....

What company makes the best and most reliable card for around $480
1)Clock Speed
2)The best fan option for cooling (Dual Fan, Frozr, Single fan enclosed)

Basically, what is the best all around GTX 680 for around $480? I have been looking at alot of EVGA cards that are about $470, but the cooling designs are a little different. Such as...

Single Fan New Style

Single "traditional" fan style (also has backplate)

Dual fan "traditional" style

The third one has the fastest clock speed, but is there a better card for the same price?

More about : gtx 680 500

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a c 110 U Graphics card
November 22, 2012 6:38:14 PM
November 22, 2012 6:39:54 PM

Is it worth the extra $20 jump?
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a c 110 U Graphics card
November 22, 2012 6:41:13 PM

Yes, you said the best and its the best.
November 22, 2012 6:44:40 PM

Well alright man I guess your right on that one, that was also one question i was going to ask, MSI or EVGA.
a c 236 U Graphics card
November 22, 2012 7:04:59 PM

I might pick this one, for several reasons:

1. The boost clock as a measure of power is 1150. One of the better ones, but not significantly different from the others, including the msi lightning at 1176, a 2% difference.

2. I like the direct exhaust coolers that get the hot air directly out of the case. That keeps the interior of the case cooler. Not that a GTX680 is a particularly hot card anyway.

3. The card has a $20 rebate, and includes two games.

4. EVGA has US based support and an active user forum.
a c 81 U Graphics card
November 22, 2012 7:05:22 PM

Here's the thing, though... you're paying an extra $100 more than you would for a GTX 670, and gaining all of about 5% extra performance.

What resolution are you gaming at? Cuz my 670 maxes pretty much every game out there at 60 fps, and there are very, very few it can't max at 120 fps.
November 22, 2012 7:20:59 PM

Well necessarily I have been out the PC gaming loop for a little while, and so has any of my monitors. I will probably be getting about a 22-23 inch monitor but resolution I wouldn't know off hand.
a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2012 7:38:11 PM

if you're playing on a single 1080 monitor the 670 will shine.
a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2012 8:09:43 PM

The best GTX 680 is a GTX 670.........

you'll still max basically everything at 1080p.... GTX 680 is only like 2-5% faster if not the same performance as a 670....
November 22, 2012 10:34:12 PM

Well seeing as how I won't be multiscreen gaming and I have heard from multiple people that the 680 isn't worth the extra 100....let's change it to a 670.

What gtx 670 would you recommend? (and if your going to link a $450 gtx 670 then I'll just get the 680)
December 26, 2012 4:02:23 PM

Best answer selected by cerb3rus.