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Does anyone have any issue with this MSI ?
Should i buy it ? I'm looking for something to run my game in ultra with, at less, 60fps and without drops to 38fps like my new-ex Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II TOP...
Any Advice would be nice guys.
Thx

This card will play anything at 60fps, and it's pretty damn silent too. If you have the money to spend, I would definitely recommend it. But if you don't plan on overclocking it, then you're paying the price premium for little benefit. I think some SuperClock versions have a stock boost near 1200mhz and are probably cheaper.
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FPS depends on a lot of variables, what resolution, what game. If one card isn't enough, sli could be your answer. don't expect going from a 670 to 680 to cure all your wows
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I really hope they get this voltage control issue worked out or compensate people who bought it for that reason (slim chance). Mine should arrive today or tomorrow and I am not going to send it back either way as I will be happy with the performance. I was really looking into getting the 680 classified but IMO EVGA is going in the wrong direction as of late. They use to have great perks and now you have to pay for them all and the lifetime warranty is out of the window for these new cards. I also didn't want to drop 750.00 + dollars on a single card with no back plate & 55& max fan speed that's just plain crazy.
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Does anyone have any issue with this MSI ?
Should i buy it ? I'm looking for something to run my game in ultra with, at less, 60fps and without drops to 38fps like my new-ex Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II TOP...
Any Advice would be nice guys.
Thx

670 and 680 are damn near identical in most games.

Stock vs Non-Reference design doesn't really change a whole lot. Bit of clock speed, perhaps some more ram in some instances, quieter fans, but that's about it.

Asus DCII TOP vs MSI Lightning is pretty much identical until you get into overclocking. Even then, the TOP actually has better overclocking at the moment due to easier hard modding. hopefully that will all change with a new afterburner release, which will unlock the lightning and blow everything else out of the water when overclocking, but that hasn't come yet.
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I really hope they get this voltage control issue worked out or compensate people who bought it for that reason (slim chance). Mine should arrive today or tomorrow and I am not going to send it back either way as I will be happy with the performance. I was really looking into getting the 680 classified but IMO EVGA is going in the wrong direction as of late. They use to have great perks and now you have to pay for them all and the lifetime warranty is out of the window for these new cards. I also didn't want to drop 750.00 + dollars on a single card with no back plate & 55& max fan speed that's just plain crazy.

100% agreed... well maybe 90%. Evga never really had anything great going on. Most innovative thing they ever did was overpriced back plates. It was ok though cause in general their stuff was decent and well priced with a good warranty. Now it's just silly.
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I had two different 670's and 680's at one time, and did some benchmarking. They are not nearly identical. Clock for clock the 680 was faster by 3-7fps in the same scenario/games. A 1200MHz 680 was slightly faster than a 1300MHz 670 or even. Now we can debate whether that may be worth an extra $100+, but, no, it's not identical. I've done these benchmarks myself with 4 cards, and it's been consistent .
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I had two different 670's and 680's at one time, and did some benchmarking. They are not nearly identical. Clock for clock the 680 was faster by 3-7fps in the same scenario/games. A 1200MHz 680 was slightly faster than a 1300MHz 670 or even. Now we can debate whether that may be worth an extra $100+, but, no, it's not identical. I've done these benchmarks myself with 4 cards, and it's been consistent .

I agree as a former owner of two different 670's myself.
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Yeah but there was something wrong with this Asus 670 direct cu II top. My framerate was dropping from 60 to 38 on BF3 and Skyrim. On Unigine Heaven 3,0 full ultra my score was 1155 but still unexplicable framerate ingame. Paying 470 euros (500 dollars more or less) and not being able to run those game in ultra is a joke isn't it ?

So, on bf3 and skyrim, i disabled AA, which is supposed to be heavy for the card ==> Still no change, 60 to 38 fps in riverwood (skyrim) or gulf of Oman (bf3).
I decided to sent it back, and now i'm looking for a new one a fastest and powerfull one => a 680 with a stable OC

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So Far i had an ATI HD 5970 but ATI's drivers made me sick so i changed for Nvidia... Was it a mistake with my specs ?

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Originally Posted by nyrmala View Post

Does anyone have any issue with this MSI ?
Should i buy it ? I'm looking for something to run my game in ultra with, at less, 60fps and without drops to 38fps like my new-ex Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II TOP...
Any Advice would be nice guys.
Thx

as an overclocker, i would buy it just because the GPUs seem to be binned pretty well (for the most part). add in the fact that i believe we will be getting voltage control sometime in the near future, and youve got a winning recipe.

then again i guess you could just get the 670 PE
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then again i guess you could just get the 670 PE

OC'd and 100% stable at 1300 MHz Boost clock, my 670 PE out performs the 680 Lightning at its factory default OC (at least in Unigine). That said, i'm out of headroom. Once you guys start to turn up the clocks on your 680 lightnings, i obviously get left behind. But, for $420 the PE is delivering $600 performance.
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OC'd and 100% stable at 1300 MHz Boost clock, my 670 PE out performs the 680 Lightning at its factory default OC (at least in Unigine). That said, i'm out of headroom. Once you guys start to turn up the clocks on your 680 lightnings, i obviously get left behind. But, for $420 the PE is delivering $600 performance.

do you own a lightning as well? i thought you did...
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