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Probably the most silent GTX 680 that i know of is the Asus GTX 680 CU II OC and TOP versions
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As far as the best 680 goes I would go with one of the volt-mod-capable cards like MSI Lightning or EVGA Classified. I personally like the EVGA Classified card because EVGA is a great company with great customer service, but I have no negative things to say about the others. Big downside to the Classified is that it requires an EVBot to modify voltage. One the same token, I believe the MSI Lightning only comes in a 2GB version, so you just have to weight what is important to you.

For 2GB vs. 4GB I agree that it's insane we have not seen a poper "3-way SLI GTX 680 2GB vs. 3-way SLI GTX 680 4GB @ 5760x1080+" review yet. That said, I have personally tested 3-way SLI EVGA GTX 670 FTW and I can say that if you want to play BF3 online with MSAA enabled @ 5760x1080 or greater, then you need to buy 4GB. If you are good with only running FXAA then 2GB is enough. If you like MSAA and must run it then the 2GB cap gets in the way at times.

I think a lot of the 2GB vs. 4GB debate should be based on how often you upgrade. If you are one that upgrades every series then I think you're fine with 2GB but if I were upgrading and it had to last me until the 800/900 series then I would for sure buy 4GB especially at surround resolutions.
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As far as the best 680 goes I would go with one of the volt-mod-capable cards like MSI Lightning or EVGA Classified. I personally like the EVGA Classified card because EVGA is a great company with great customer service, but I have no negative things to say about the others. Big downside to the Classified is that it requires an EVBot to modify voltage. One the same token, I believe the MSI Lightning only comes in a 2GB version, so you just have to weight what is important to you.
For 2GB vs. 4GB I agree that it's insane we have not seen a poper "3-way SLI GTX 680 2GB vs. 3-way SLI GTX 680 4GB @ 5760x1080+" review yet. That said, I have personally tested 3-way SLI EVGA GTX 670 FTW and I can say that if you want to play BF3 online with MSAA enabled @ 5760x1080 or greater, then you need to buy 4GB. If you are good with only running FXAA then 2GB is enough. If you like MSAA and must run it then the 2GB cap gets in the way at times.
I think a lot of the 2GB vs. 4GB debate should be based on how often you upgrade. If you are one that upgrades every series then I think you're fine with 2GB but if I were upgrading and it had to last me until the 800/900 series then I would for sure buy 4GB especially at surround resolutions.

Oh boy, the 800/900 series is gonna be AMAZING!!!! I will be expecting a lot though. Well I run it at 1920x1200 right now, I won't be buying new monitors anytime soon. As for what you said, I will be buying the Classified 4gb version for future proofing, I'd like to make it last to Battlefield 4. I made my GTX 280 reference card last until BF3, and I run it maxed and get anywhere between 20-100 fps and I'm happy, just not DX11.

So how much do those Classified 680 4gb's go for? About 650?
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Oh boy, the 800/900 series is gonna be F***ING AMAZING!!!! I will be expecting a lot though. Well I run it at 1920x1200 right now, I won't be buying new monitors anytime soon. As for what you said, I will be buying the Classified 4gb version for future proofing, I'd like to make it last to Battlefield 4. I made my GTX 280 reference card last until BF3, and I run it maxed and get anywhere between 20-100 fps and I'm happy, just not DX11.
So how much do those Classified 680 4gb's go for? About 650?
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