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So I currently own a GTX 680 SC Signature Edition, and with the max voltage (1.175v) I can reach around 1125 MHz stock (~1185 MHz boost). I've read that the MSI Lightnings are the best GTX 680s money can buy, but with Nvidia putting a voltage lock on all cards, is it still worth considering upgrading to the Lightning version? I purchased my Signature for about $470, and the Lightnings are still going for around $600 on Newegg ($550 with rebate "card").
you can flash the bios and unlock the voltage..so yes it is very worth it!!
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So basically it does not matter if you get a card that does not have the bios switch for unlocked voltage tweak?
That's what it sounds like I'm pretty excited soon will
Be building a rig with this card.. It will be an experience and a half ( WC this puppy custom plates from one of our own)

Excited tis card all the reviews and everything else is a very powerful card and only gets better
Msi you strike my bank account heavy but so worth it
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yes they are worth every penny..both my cards came 1228mhz out of the box..not to shabby and oc to almost 1400..with out unlocked voltage or ln2..i am going to wait to unlock..really there is no need..but if your into benching.this is the card for you
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you can flash the bios and unlock the voltage..so yes it is very worth it!!

I didn't see the unlocked BIOS for the Lightning in the "GTX 680/670 Unlocked Voltage Bios" thread. Are all currently produced Lightnings (and other GTX 680s) voltage locked to 1.175 like I had been hearing about? I thought the Lightnings had a secondary BIOS switch that unlocked them into an LN2 profile with a higher voltage, has then also been changed recently? Sorry for all the questions, but I have interest in overclocking my card to the highest possible on air, so want to know if its worth spending the extra for the Lightning edition.
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both voltages have been locked on the newer cards..if you look on the first page of the thread there are links to nvflash and the bios you want..but i cant tell you if its worth it or not..are you happy with your cards performance? do you do alot of benching? do you like bragging rights?..the performance gains will be about 5-8 fps give or take in games..but some games dont like oc..if you could sell your card or possibly take it back and pay the extra for a lightning.yes but if your selling your card for a loss and have to pay over 100 to buy one..i would hold off.but i got 2 great cards and they will go above 1400 with vcore unlocked.im sure cause they go 1390 in haven stock volts
Edited by snitchkilla11 - 10/21/12 at 11:27am
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im picking up a lightning 7970 just for ****s and giggles..plus for 300..il bench it and resell it..unless the 7970s are that bad?

I came from 7970. ****loads of coilwhine and bad drivers made me switch to GTX 680.

GTX 680 is much better in my book. It just works.
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I came from 7970. ****loads of coilwhine and bad drivers made me switch to GTX 680.
GTX 680 is much better in my book. It just works.

i understand the coilwhine on the refrence cards..but its a lightning card.and at 300..so im sure i could sell it back at that.im just very curious as i have never tested a 7970.its just to sexy to pass up.even tho they look exactly the same as my lightnings
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I have a little question to all...
What kind of speeds are you guys using for 24/7?
And what are your temps under BF3 for exsample? (Pls mention your cooing, air/water)
Thanks


Hi. I try this with my settings for you. I never must overclocked my two lightnings for playing BF3. Run great at maximum in 2560x1440. With no issues of course. This is my stabble overclock for any game or benchmark. I use only air cooling in my case. Cosmos 2 with lightnings have pretty good cooling .
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Started testing my second card and it has the correct 3A bios (80.04.28.00.3A) but Afterburner is not showing a 300% power limit and GPU-Z is not showing the higher stock volts being applied when I run a loop of Heaven. I've tried reinstalling my drivers but it didn't do anything. My first card had this exact same bios but showed the 300% and higher volts. Any help on this?????
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