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MSI Releases GTX 680-L Graphics Card

By - Source: TechPowerUp | B 16 comments

MSI has released a graphics card, the GTX 680-L. We do not know what the L stands for, but what we do know is that this card is a bit cheaper than MSI's original GTX 680, and a small tad slower.

Spotted in Asia, MSI's new GTX 680-L's has lower clock speeds than MSi's original GTX 680 Lightning, featuring a 1019 MHz core, as opposed to 1110 MHz and 1084 MHz Boost clock instead of 1176 MHz. For the sake of comparison, Nvidia's reference specifications show a base core clock at 1006 MHz with GPU boost speed at 1058 MHz.

Aside from the aforementioned changes to the the core speed, none of the PCB parts have changed and the card still comes with MSI's TwinFrozr cooler which means that an experienced overclocker could easily match the GTX 680 Lightning's clock speeds and save a few bucks.

 

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    TheBigTroll , February 19, 2013 9:29 PM
    still better than a reference design or anything cooler + pcb that evga churns out
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    Au_equus , February 19, 2013 9:57 PM
    BigMack70Why? No 680s have software voltage control. You don't need to pay extra for all that power circuitry on this card. It's a waste of money. If they sell it at a similar price to other 680s, that's great! But if they hike the price, as I'm sure they will, it's not worth anything.

    "this card is a bit cheaper than MSI's original GTX 680, and a small tad slower." Ummm.... Just get a 7970?
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    TheBigTroll , February 19, 2013 9:59 PM
    the lightning cards did. until nvidia tanked them down. the lightnings can overclock like a beast with the voltage unlocked. but there were only 5000 that had the unlocked bios

    this will sell for roughly 459.99 or under, given the regular lightning sells for 499.99
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    TheBigTroll , February 19, 2013 10:00 PM
    Quote:
    "this card is a bit cheaper than MSI's original GTX 680, and a small tad slower." Ummm.... Just get a 7970?


    if you play borderlands 2, there is no reason to get a amd card. the game looks completely different. and also to note that nvidia still has better drivers overall. depends what you want really
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    TheBigTroll , February 19, 2013 10:17 PM
    the pe is actually 379.99 after a MIR.

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    phamhlam , February 19, 2013 11:20 PM
    TheBigTrollstill better than a reference design or anything cooler + pcb that evga churns out

    EVGA makes great looking card. They are simple and clean. The GTX 690 that EVGA produce also looks amazing with its aluminum cover. Why are you hating on EVGA?
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    TheBigTroll , February 19, 2013 11:25 PM
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    EVGA makes great looking card. They are simple and clean. The GTX 690 that EVGA produce also looks amazing with its aluminum cover. Why are you hating on EVGA?


    they look good, but it doesnt mean they perform the best.

    lol. all 690s are made of aluminum and magnesium.

    evga is good. just that their blower coolers are no where near what the others offer
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    _Pez_ , February 20, 2013 12:41 AM
    I entered here to read why the L stands for ... but no one knows ... I tough it was to stick it in some special slim cases... but nervermind..
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    master_chen , February 20, 2013 3:39 AM
    FINALLY! About goddamn time, MSi! I've been waiting for this for months! >:\
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    EzioAs , February 20, 2013 3:56 AM
    Quote:
    I entered here to read why the L stands for ... but no one knows ... I tough it was to stick it in some special slim cases... but nervermind..


    I think it was Lite. That's what I saw in TechPowerUp though. This is old news. Not that it's entirely bad, just old.
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    apache_lives , February 20, 2013 5:57 AM
    TheBigTrollstill better than a reference design or anything cooler + pcb that evga churns out


    reference designs last 5x longer then this rubbish
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    master_chen , February 20, 2013 6:00 AM
    lol, no.
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    Axonn , February 20, 2013 7:19 AM
    Seriously? You don't know what the L stands for? How about WHAT'S WRITTEN ON THE DAMN BOX?!
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    master_chen , February 20, 2013 7:30 AM
    Axonn, don't be an axole. :\
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    aredeecee , February 20, 2013 9:26 AM
    L for Lousy
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    technoholic , February 20, 2013 11:19 AM
    What's the use of this card while there is OC'd GTX 670s and HD 7970s in the market for much cheaper prices and comparable performance?