MSI nVidia GTX 680 2GB Lightning vs ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP

I have no idea which two of these awesome cards to get, but i guess the lightning is for overclocking etc and the asus is more performance wise, but the max things ill get in the future is 3 monitors.

i am planning to sli these two in like 2 years at most.

just not sure which one..
lightning is more quite & cooler?

please some tips etc to help me decide :)

thank you.
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  2. Both are excellent cards but overclocking is limited since Nvidia limit their voltage on 680 (I think it's the same with other Keplers). I'm more MSI bias (I know myself), and I think you should get the lightning (especially if the ASUS card is a triple slot card). To be entirely honest, I don't think 680s are worth it. 2 670s offer 90% performance of 2 680s at a greatly reduced cost.
  3. EzioAs said:
    Both are excellent cards but overclocking is limited since Nvidia limit their voltage on 680 (I think it's the same with other Keplers). I'm more MSI bias (I know myself), and I think you should get the lightning (especially if the ASUS card is a triple slot card). To be entirely honest, I don't think 680s are worth it. 2 670s offer 90% performance of 2 680s at a greatly reduced cost.



    i agree on you with that, what is the best 670 card, in your opinion ?
  4. MSI Power Edition or Gigabyte Windforce. EVGA cards are good as well though they usually has blower style cooler (which is not bad but not my preferred type)
  5. The directCU II is a triple-slot card and it is extremely difficult to put two or more of them in SLI.
  6. ambam said:
    The directCU II is a triple-slot card and it is extremely difficult to put two or more of them in SLI.

    The II is a double slot.

    I'd get the Asus, and not bother with the TOP version. If you'r case has good enough air flow you can have the fans slow enough for it to be silent.
  7. cookybiscuit said:
    The II is a double slot.

    I'd get the Asus, and not bother with the TOP version. If you'r case has good enough air flow you can have the fans slow enough for it to be silent.


    Correct.. Newer Asus DirectCU II cards are double slotted..

    If you're Running it on 3 monitors? I would suggest buying 4GB version cause when gaming on 1080p triple monitor setups would consume roughly 2GB+ VRAM usage..
  8. Easily the MSI 670 PE
  9. i'm still confused in what to get D: ...
  10. Pick the quieter one.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-13.html

    Overclocking headroom is typically luck of the draw, noise is guaranteed. Plus, the cooler running ones will have more of an OC before noise is intolerable.

    Assuming you care about sound that is.
  11. If i was you i take the ASUS Directcu fore sure...its cooler than the MSI..Better for Overclock
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