Originally Posted by dph314
I know, just was curious how everyone is treating Alex, if they're asking him a bunch of stuff so he got quiet.
But yeah, like the cards. Whether or not Lightning SLI is worth the extra $200 without voltage control is up for debate. But the one card I got is definitely a winner. Just bumped the core up to 1355mhz and played a hour and a half game in BF3.
But in SLI, I bring the top one's core down to 1295 to match the other's. But again, awesome- yes. Not $200 awesome. These cards are too capable and run too cool to not have voltage control. I'm positive MSI will release a higher max voltage, but it should have been sooner. They've had how long to get one of these to Unwinder before release??
You don't have to run both cards evenly, you should be able to run one at 1350 and the other at whatever and it should be stable. This is actually normal behaviour for 680 SLI, since for other mortal 680 cards they don't boost evenly. The lightning is the only card that has consistent boosts with a given offset, and it doesn't have kepler throttle either. Anyway, if you want you can run 1 at 1350 and the other at 1300. I saw you mention that you're using auto fan, manual fan as well will help you push further.
Even with all other things being equal these are features that I greatly enjoy. With 680 sli and the 690, kepler throttle constantly sabotaged overclocks and throttled starting at 70C. No such thing with the lightning, which I enjoy
Also, 100 offset on one lightning is 100 offset on my other (ie, they both run at the same and predictable speeds 100% of the time) All other 680s to my knowledge have completely varying boost clocks depending on chip quality, and it can't be predicted. Just a few perks that I like.
I assume Alex is enjoying his fourth but hopefully he can chime in later this week.Edited by xoleras - 7/3/12 at 7:49pm