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So i was completely WRONG and the card is STILL $600 on Newegg and jumped to $530 on Amazon! I wonder how long before it drops back down to $500. Do you think it has anything to do with bins?
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So i was completely WRONG and the card is STILL $600 on Newegg and jumped to $530 on Amazon! I wonder how long before it drops back down to $500. Do you think it has anything to do with bins?

Its just a crappy sale strategy i think, newegg knows people will pay 600.
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Just installed 310.70 drivers via express install, didn't uninstall anything and getting 95% average utilization on both gpu's. Farcry 3 is running far far better after seeing both drivers back to back.
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First off I want to start by saying hello to everyone, I have several questions that I would like answered if possible. I purchased a 680 lightning from newegg (rma'd my last lightning 680 within a week). I'm a little worried about overclocking since I haven't ever overclocked a GPU, only CPU. I'm not very experienced but I'd like to push this card as much as it can go on air (stable of course). Would anyone mind helping me out? I've read lots of the replies in this thread and they are pushing numbers my old 680 would never even touch.

I previously overclocked my rma'd 680... got to the point where it could barely hit 80 on offset and 80 on memory. The fans stopped working properly, the card would go to 71c on 100% fan speed after 10 minutes of BF3 gameplay. Thing is when I first got the card it was running fine until I started to venture into overclocking. Is it possible that I may have been the cause of the issue? From what I read its very hard to overheat this card. At any rate, it was rma'd due to faulty cooling, I now received a new card with unlocked ln2 bios (same as my previous card, I guess its all luck?) Guys, it would make a great xmas present to have a successful overclock and a nice boost in my dx11 games.

System specs: i7 920 @ 3.6ghz, 8gb gskill ram, x85 msi mobo, 1000 watt thermaltake psu, v8 coolermaster heatsink.

My assumption was that you would first overclock every 20mhz, run a benchmarking program or play bf3 or any intense dx11 game, if stable repeat the process until you crash then go back and reduce 5mhz. Now do I go to memory do the same or should I up the voltage and continue on the core? Ambient temperature is 71c, however that is near my case and monitor which I assume gives off a little more heat than other places in the area next to me. I understand this is probably such a repetitive question but I'd like to get into hardcore overclocking at some point and thought this site is the best place to start for advice.

Thanks for any help that is provided, its much appreciated!!!
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Just bought my 680 Lightning and found a few problems:
1. I can't overvolt my card on the unlocked LN2 Bios. My LN2 Bios was locked so I flashed it to an unlocked one - A3. It was succesfull, I got 300% power target and 1.21V on 1202MHz boost. I installed Afterburner 2.2.3 from Guru3D and still changing the voltage slider does not affect the Vcore. At least according to the GPU-Z. I saved a log to a file during benching and it still shows 1.21V after applying +50mV offset. What software do You guys use to monitor the Vcore? Afterburner does not show it.
2. My fans are spinning at 50% during booting of the system. They slow down to 30% after going to Windows but this is annoying. How to fix it?
3. I tested my card in second slot of my Sabertooth Z77. I just think it looks nicer in that slot because there is more space between the CPU cooler and the card. In that slot it is running at x8. In the first slot it would be at x16. Does x8 limit the performance or OC or there should be no difference?
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1. Don't look at software voltage, it reads it wrong on the lightning +100mv = 1.36v
2. It does that, nothing you can do.
3. Will be fine.
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Yes, software reading is inaccurate. And make sure you have the 3A LN2 BIOS from the OP for +93mv to equal 1.36v.

im using f8 and when using osd in game i am seeing my voltage at 1.2 is that wrong also?

Is 3a better than f8 when going for max oc ?

edit:LOL Lightnings are back to 600 bucks on the egg!

edit: switched to 3a and still no luck although it is nice i do not have to hard reset like f8. 300 power and 100mv still not enough to get me through heaven with a +100 on the core. Suggestions ?

Should i just do the voltage hack ?

Also is anyone getting crashing with the new beta drivers? Been getting crashes in bf3. Might roll back but i kinda wanna play far cry 3.

Yeah that's why I always recommend the 3A, not having to restart the computer is great. The hack is really only good for benching, since you probably don't want to increase the voltage/temps that high just for a very small increase in fps.
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First off I want to start by saying hello to everyone, I have several questions that I would like answered if possible. I purchased a 680 lightning from newegg (rma'd my last lightning 680 within a week). I'm a little worried about overclocking since I haven't ever overclocked a GPU, only CPU. I'm not very experienced but I'd like to push this card as much as it can go on air (stable of course). Would anyone mind helping me out? I've read lots of the replies in this thread and they are pushing numbers my old 680 would never even touch.

I previously overclocked my rma'd 680... got to the point where it could barely hit 80 on offset and 80 on memory. The fans stopped working properly, the card would go to 71c on 100% fan speed after 10 minutes of BF3 gameplay. Thing is when I first got the card it was running fine until I started to venture into overclocking. Is it possible that I may have been the cause of the issue? From what I read its very hard to overheat this card. At any rate, it was rma'd due to faulty cooling, I now received a new card with unlocked ln2 bios (same as my previous card, I guess its all luck?) Guys, it would make a great xmas present to have a successful overclock and a nice boost in my dx11 games.

System specs: i7 920 @ 3.6ghz, 8gb gskill ram, x85 msi mobo, 1000 watt thermaltake psu, v8 coolermaster heatsink.

My assumption was that you would first overclock every 20mhz, run a benchmarking program or play bf3 or any intense dx11 game, if stable repeat the process until you crash then go back and reduce 5mhz. Now do I go to memory do the same or should I up the voltage and continue on the core? Ambient temperature is 71c, however that is near my case and monitor which I assume gives off a little more heat than other places in the area next to me. I understand this is probably such a repetitive question but I'd like to get into hardcore overclocking at some point and thought this site is the best place to start for advice.

Thanks for any help that is provided, its much appreciated!!!

There's a few 680 overclocking guides on here that might help. Most of the info would be relevant for the Lightning. This card definitely isn't easy to get to 70C, so you shouldn't have to worry about temps when gaming on any voltage below +118mv, if you don't mind some fan noise. I would just stick with the +93mv or below for gaming though. Heaven, BF3, and 3dMark11 are all good tests for stability. Passing all 3 will mean you're probably stable in most other games.
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Hi everyone, can anyone please post a good link to Nvflash and the unlocked 3a bios, the one on the front page is not working. Thx
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Hi everyone, can anyone please post a good link to Nvflash and the unlocked 3a bios, the one on the front page is not working. Thx

Read the Startpost of this thread here... there is all you need... smile.gif

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ok guys, I flashed the 3a unlocked bios on my lightning. Im pretty sure I did it right, cause I can get the power limit up to 300 where before i couldn't do that, but now when i try to raise the gpu voltage by +50 or +100 the voltage just stays the same at 1.21.

Starting to think that the newest Lightnings are hard locked when it comes to voltage, i got mine yestarday from Fys and there is no voltage control even with the unlocked bios mad.gif
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