Gtx 680 msi lightning or evga gtx 680

so i cant decide on whether i should get the gtx msi lightning or the evga gtx 680, could someone give me some input on what card to get?
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  1. If you mean only choice is between the two msi lightning you can reflash the bios to unlock voltage
  2. The MSI version of the 680 is superior it has a far superior cooling system, its also faster then stock.

    However that being said I don't think the price warrants the cost. I feel you are better off with the EVGA card for the following reasons. You don't lose anything in terms of performance or anything you could measure. You also get a stronger customer support experience with EVGA they are a more direct NVIDIA supplier so you will have a faster turn around time with RMA's. The only con I can think of is the cooling system on the 680 by EVGA is inferior to any aftermarket cooler out there by ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI.

    IF you were looking for a superior cooling solution for a cheaper price I would look at possibly the 680 TOP from ASUS.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121634
  3. bigshootr8 said:
    The MSI version of the 680 is superior it has a far superior cooling system, its also faster then stock.

    However that being said I don't think the price warrants the cost. I feel you are better off with the EVGA card for the following reasons. You don't lose anything in terms of performance or anything you could measure. You also get a stronger customer support experience with EVGA they are a more direct NVIDIA supplier so you will have a faster turn around time with RMA's. The only con I can think of is the cooling system on the 680 by EVGA is inferior to any aftermarket cooler out there by ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI.

    IF you were looking for a superior cooling solution for a cheaper price I would look at possibly the 680 TOP from ASUS.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121634
    a wise man i would skip evga as well good customer service don't make up for the shitty cooling the Asus Top is the best 680 imo and professional reviews have proved it. ;)
  4. The superior product would be for sure the TOP version :) And ASUS isn't horrible with customer service just not the best in some cases. I know they are awesome with there Monitors I have heard mixed things with graphics cards over the years but that shouldn't stop you from getting the best you can get really.
  5. I agree i have been using Asus for years the customer service is decent it's not great but certainly not bad
  6. but what about vram i was looking to play skyrim at max settings and heavily modded and i heard that it can exseed 2 and sometimes 3gbs so what about that?
  7. Then why were you asking about the gtx msi lightning? That is only 2gb skyrim+8xSS + mods needs a 4gb model otherwise a 2gb will be fine.
  8. sorry i was just thinking about that after the fact
  9. Well then I'd possibly look into a 670 with a higher amount of vram. I cross reference this article about skyrim+mods. I think it may be better to look at the 670 with the 4 gigabytes of ram because it places you in the same ballpark as the 680's and you don't see a huge amount of performance increase between the 670 and 680 anyway.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/352599-33-vram-skyrim-mods


    Asus 670 with 4 gigabytes of ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121659
    Gigabyte with 4 gigabytes of ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125449
  10. I think your expecting to much if your planing 3D game or run more then one monitor in future you would need sli 670 if you wants to stay at min 60+fps in games like 64 maps bf3 1. Crysis 2, and Crysis Warhead
    2. Metro 2033
    3. ARMA II.
    4. GTA4
    5. witcher+ubersampling
    6.skyrim+8xSS + mods
    7. Alien VS Predator
    8.BATMAN ARKHAM CITY +PHYSX
    A single 680 or 670 will not cut it.
  11. Ok i have just decided i will get a asus gtx 680 and if im using so much mods that i exseed i will take that as a "your using too many mods dipshit" and if i ever do a eyefinity setup i will just get a second gtx or a 780? if its out, so thanks for the help.
  12. I just got Metro 2033 with the humble bundle game is pretty graphically intense but was expecting more of a graphic drop shrugs my 670 kicked its ass.

    If you need more with your mod's I can see the 670 with the 4 GB a decent option. GTA IV is one of those wonky games that has a pretty large ram draw from cards.
  13. Well honestly I would think you would be fine with a single gtx 680 however if the gtx780's are loads better at the time then maybe. With 2k and 4k resolution screens around the corner games may end up going that route but the 680 should last you a pretty darn long time I would think 3 years tops I think in the long term you will probably have to start scaling back on settings after probably 2 years.
  14. air tree said:
    Ok i have just decided i will get a asus gtx 680 and if im using so much mods that i exseed i will take that as a "your using too many mods dipshit" and if i ever do a eyefinity setup i will just get a second gtx or a 780? if its out, so thanks for the help.
    No problem.Your welcome! :)
  15. yeah im going to get gtx 680 and then get 2 gtx 780s when they come out when i have a bigger budget
  16. Make sure your motherboard is compatible with that monster lol!
  17. it is or else im a major dumbass its a ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
  18. Yea I totally glossed over that fact what is your current setup man?
  19. air tree said:
    it is or else im a major dumbass its a ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
    Yes it will work the card is triple cooling slot design forget running sli 680 top card with that mobo lol.
  20. dont have one this is my first :P
  21. Well your only buying one correct? if so your fine
  22. yes i am and i have reserched this pretty heavily, also thanks for your help and i will be heading off now and again thanks :D.
  23. Big is that board even able to do 2 triple slot cards :P
  24. Do you have a good enough power supply ? If not these will be a good choice and leave you breathing room. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182071

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095
  25. air tree said:
    yes i am and i have reserched this pretty heavily, also thanks for your help and i will be heading off now and again thanks :D.
    Your welcome! ;)
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