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Have you tried new Valley Benchmark? It looks amazing.

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Got this:

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Have you tried new Valley Benchmark? It looks amazing.

Why you use 2.2.3 AB and not 2.3.1?
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About 10 days ago I posted about my disappointment with a Lightning that one member called "the worst overclocker that we've ever seen" (post #5724). It required overvolting at stock freqs or underclocking at stock voltage. I ordered another and, when it arrived, sent the first one back to the merchant. I'm pleased to say that the new one seems perfectly normal. I won't be joining the overclockers' club here, but it is giving me a stable, steady boost clock of 1359 (+168), with mem clock at 3508 (+500). No dips, no downward spikes; nice and smooth and quiet.

It's not a natural overclocker; it takes an alarming amount of voltage: I'm seeing anywhere from 1.260 up to 1.304v under the heaviest loads (according to AB, anyway, for what that's worth). But temps are great: GPU has never gone above 63c and VRM has not yet reached 60c. Does anyone disagree with my view that voltage is not really destructive, and that so long as temps are good, there is nothing to worry about?

I'm very pleased with the stock cooler, and impressed by the overall build quality. I'm now glad I bought it. It's really quite impressive compared to the reference card. (But not so impressive compared to those here who are getting 1.4+ gHz on stock voltages -- so it all depends on your PoV) Anyway, I can definitely be called a Lightning fan now smile.gif

FWIW, I find that -100mv on the Aux(PLL) and -50mv on the mem give a better clock freq and might be helping with temps.
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wiredg,
Glad to here you got a better card, these are the best 680's on the market
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Why you use 2.2.3 AB and not 2.3.1?

Why are you asking? smile.gif
Does 2.2.1 have some adventages over 2.2.3?
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AFAIK Because they crippled 2.3.1 and you have to do a .cfg edit to make it work, while 2.2.3 works without editing?
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Hi guys,

I'm thinking about getting this card. Little story: I had two Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X Ghz edition with broke VRM1s. The first one came already with it busted, it would go to 110C in seconds under any load and then the GPU would throttle to 500mhz. I returned it to Amazon, and the second one worked perfectly for two days, stable and the temperature were never higher than 64C (GPU and VRMs) with moderate fan noise, but the third day the VRM1 started to act exactly like the first card one. I didn't even overclocked the second card, it died stock. Take a look at what I found when I unplugged the card for returning it:



That's burned thing is what separated the VRM1 cooler from the PCB... I love the smell of burned VRMs in the morning wink.gif

The two 7970s had very close serial numbers so I think Sapphire got a really bad batch of VRM1's on their factory (plus awful to no quality control).

So as you can understand, I'm done with that Sapphire crap for life and I'm looking to a GTX 680 with quality components. This MSI and the ASUS seem to be the best options and I'm more inclined to buy this one for several reasons.

Now I wanted to ask some of you a favor, If If any of you have an i5 3570k, could you please test your card it with these conditions? (so I can get an idea of what performance I would get on my system):

- CPU not overclocked, just allow for the 4 cores to turbo to 3.8ghz
- GPU not overclocked

Then run 3dmark11 "performance" combined score and heaven benchmark 4 (all extreme) average FPS and tell me your result.

The 7970 Ghz that worker for two days would give me around 8800 in the 3dmark11 test and 35.5FPS in Heaven 4.0.

Thanks!
Edited by juanjux - 2/19/13 at 3:42am
post #5909 of 7827
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Originally Posted by alancsalt View Post

AFAIK Because they crippled 2.3.1 and you have to do a .cfg edit to make it work, while 2.2.3 works without editing?

While this is true, it's not a .cfg edit, it's going into the individual profile of your lightning and copy/paste a few lines.

In my experience, 2.3.1 is much more stable and doesn't cause my clocks to fluctuate at all.
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wiredg,
Glad to here you got a better card, these are the best 680's on the market

Several members encouraged me to stick with it and hope for a better card. I'm glad I listened smile.gif
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