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post #3171 of 7827
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Originally Posted by GnarlyCharlie View Post

Man, everything has an OC limit. CPUs don't all OC to 5.8GHz, so it doesn't bother me that mine won't, either. Guys buy a dozen CPUs to find the one that'll OC the best.
So maybe a couple of guys have hit 1500MHz with their GTX 680, and mine won't do it. I don't think that's Nvidia putting any lock on the clocks. They've locked the voltage to the point where it takes a lot of hassle to get past what AB 2.2.3 will let you do, but some chips just won't do it.
I do think the earlier 680 Lightnings had better chips for OCing, but a whole lot of them still never saw 1400MHz. You gotta remember, the stock reference card clock is what, like 1050 with boost to 1120 or something (I don't remember the actual numbers, it's been a while)? And it sucks that you can't do better than 1400? Hell, I wish I could do 1600, but I've seen the numbers guys have put up literally since day one and I realize that 1400 is still a pretty stout OC for a 680.
Well put Narly, hell we would all like to be the one in million but if we get decent clocks we should be satisfied. And my experience has been the same as yours, I have good cards but not great cards and when they won't overclock I reinstall drivers and AB and it's as good as ever, I thought I damaged them several times with 1.5 to 1.6 voltes, which I have only did a few times for short runs and like you I don't think I'll get any more out of them and they run as good as day 1.
post #3172 of 7827
Just the average OC-ing 680 Lightning with voltage control would be a nice upgrade for me. My 7970's are fair clockers but still only get about 20,500 GPU score in 3dmark11 which is good but not great...
post #3173 of 7827
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post

Just the average OC-ing 680 Lightning with voltage control would be a nice upgrade for me. My 7970's are fair clockers but still only get about 20,500 GPU score in 3dmark11 which is good but not great...

You should read this review particularly the page I have linked below

1280MHz/1860MHz 7970 vs. 1392MHz/1765MHz 680
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/30/msi_geforce_gtx_680_lightning_overclocking_redux/5

In the game tests administered by HARDOCP at one of the the highest single monitor resolution and at the most common (1920x1080); the Lightning 680 stomps all over the 7970. Both cards in the review are golden cards in my book however an unlocked good-clocking Lightning 680 in my opinion and from my experience is without equal *Puts on flame suit*. I am not knocking the 7970 in any way, shape, or form as I've had 3 7970s and the highest clocking one was the Lightning 7970 that was capable of 1210-1225MHz/1700MHz (Core clock depended on game and/or benchmark) and even that card would have gotten pummeled by the Lightning 680 that I have now running @ 1372MHz/1771MHz(7084MHz effective).

HardOCP: "It even went head to head with one of our fastest overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970's and swept the floor with it."
post #3174 of 7827
Yeah, I know its better, but only with unlocked voltage. I'd already have gotten two of them for my sig rig but don't really feel like going to the trouble of dismantling my loop and rebuilding for a fairly small performance boost. Plus I don't really like the look of either of the 680 Lightning blocks available...
post #3175 of 7827
Hello everyone!

I also possess lightning gtx 680 and I flash the bios with the old bios which eventually F8.

I use msi afterburner 2.2.3 and my bios is unlocked.

until the all is well and I can stabilize the graphics card to 100 core and 500 voltage with 20 memory

But as soon as I exceed the 30 voltage I have a red screen benchmark.

50 or 93 with the same voltage ...

I have a version completely aida 64 days and I do not use anything other than msi afterburner and core temperature in the background (for processor temperature).

I read that it could also come from the power limit to 300 ..

Should I put it to 200? what is the solution?

Thank you so much in advance for the time you take to answer me.

Stef cordially.
post #3176 of 7827
Has anyone received a good overclocking MSI Lightning 680 GTX from newegg within the last few weeks? I've received 5 of them in total the worst of them wouldn't even overclock by 20 at stock volts wile the rest vary between 30-60 at best all tested in a single card config(with similar results in the LN2 bios). I think they keep recycling the ones people return for poor overclocking. It's also odd that every one from newegg still has the 3A LN2 bios that defaults to 1202 unlike amazon which is now shipping the "newer" cards that are clocked at 1111 in LN2.

I wanted to run a quad SLI system with a good overclocking card but it seems like I have horrible silicon luck.
post #3177 of 7827
Check your PSU voltage output. It seems very out that you would get 5 cards that are all turds.
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do i need the gpu reactor cover? because i need the top x4 slot for my soundcard :/
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do i need the gpu reactor cover? because i need the top x4 slot for my soundcard :/

No

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post #3180 of 7827
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Originally Posted by SpartanJet View Post

Has anyone received a good overclocking MSI Lightning 680 GTX from newegg within the last few weeks? I've received 5 of them in total the worst of them wouldn't even overclock by 20 at stock volts wile the rest vary between 30-60 at best all tested in a single card config(with similar results in the LN2 bios). I think they keep recycling the ones people return for poor overclocking. It's also odd that every one from newegg still has the 3A LN2 bios that defaults to 1202 unlike amazon which is now shipping the "newer" cards that are clocked at 1111 in LN2.
I wanted to run a quad SLI system with a good overclocking card but it seems like I have horrible silicon luck.

Received mine last Friday and I would say that mine is a decent overclocker. Right now it is sitting at 1316MHz/1645MHz on stock voltage. With voltage modification, it can reach 1372MHz/1771MHz. The highest core clock that I've reached so far is 1411MHz but required backing off the memory to 1688MHz.
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