Best Version of the GTX 680 4GB

Just need to know what is the best version of the GTX 680 4GB and would have the best Performance in games like Battlefield 3 ?

i would like to play at HIGH FPS Between 65 & 80

Please list them below thanks. :)

My PC Specs

Case > Corsair Vengeance C70 Black
CPU > Intel Core i7 3770k @ 4.5GHz
GPU > GTX 660ti (ATM)
RAM > Kingston XMP Beast 16GB 2400MHz
Motherboard >Asus Sabertooth Z77
Hard Drive 1 > 2TB WD Caviar Black
Hard Drive 2 > 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD
PSU > TX 850w
Monitor BenQ XL2420t
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  1. I would go for the Asus DirectCU, if you don't mind a triple slot design, or the Galaxy GC. The Gigabyte Windforce would be a close contender as well.

    It seems like the 4GB version is not really necessary, even at max resolutions (the FPS difference between the 2GB and 4GB is likely due to the factory overclock and not the VRAM amount):
  2. The 4GB per GPU cards are mostly a marketing gimmick for Kepler, at least as far as the memory capacity goes (in fact, having more memory capacity is usually a slight performance decrease if not for the factory overclocks). It's not until three-way and four-way SLI where it makes any difference at all and even then, the difference is negligible. They generally don't have enough memory bandwidth to run well when the 2GB models run out of memory capacity. With overclocking, that might be a little different. but even then, no single card will be able to overclock far enough for it to matter and even two cards probably couldn't. Maybe three or four well-overclocked 670/680 cards in SLI could run games well enough for 4GB of graphics memory per GPU to be helpful.

    If you want a great Nvidia card, my suggestion would be the Zotac AMP! GTX 670 if you want to play at stock. IT'll beat most factory overclocked 680s regardless of their factory overclocks thanks to it having not only a significant GPU frequency factory overclock, but a much more important memory frequency overclock too (something that, ironically, is overlooked in most other Kepler cards despite being more important than GPU frequency boosts for most of the Kepler cards).
  3. If you already have a GTX660ti then just get another one for SLI. A 670/680 would be an improvement but not as cost effective in your case. Also, since you are using 1 monitor, 2GB is plenty.
  4. Oh I see you have a 120 hz monitor. I can't imagine you not being able to have really great frames on high with BF3 given that Ultra is the maxed out level of graphics. I'm with Jay if you would like more frames adding another 660Ti would the be the best option economically and performance wise. I'm sure BF3 would react very well to SLi performance. With a 120 hz monitor I'm sure you could get 120 FPS with two 660Ti's in SLi. Given your system specs with ease.
  5. Also judging by this benchmark I would say its safe to say you could even do ultra with 120 fps with two 660ti's. Performance has increased since this article. There have been a few driver revisions.
  6. Im a fan of the EVGA 680 Classified, but im a sucker for rear exhaust on my cards.
  7. Your programs will turn into a laggy mess far before 4GB is all used because of the extremely restrictive 256-bit bus. And that's assuming 4GB is used, most games don't use more than 3GB, or even 2GB.

    Add to that the cheaper 7970GHz is faster than the GTX680 and can overclock to even faster than a GTX590. And I would reccomend the 7970GHz instead.

    However if you want the Classified is the best, albeit the most expensive, custom cooling, custom PCB, and factory overclocks, the DirectCUII 4GB(It's actually dual not triple as said before) is close behind with DIGI+ VRM, etc..
  8. 256 bit bus will hit the barrier long before you max out the VRAM, 4GB is useless!
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