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Thats cool, then your experience just differs from mine I guess. I have owned 3 GTX 680's and had no issues overclocking any of them, in fact 2 of the 3 are stable over 1300mhz core while many 7970's are doing good to hit that after voltage tweaks.
As for the performance between the two when overclocked they do trade blows and it does come down to the games in question, there is a review floating around somewhere with both cards heavily overclocked and the GTX 680 still came out on top for the most part while losing in other games such as metro 2033.

The 7970GE reviews clocked at 1050mhz shows that it is overall faster with a heavy OC, but obviously it uses more power and can be noisier. HardOCP did an OC vs OC review and the 7970 had a good showing.

I'm just saying its a good option if he's sick of dealing with nvidia voltage lock. There's really not much difference between them [7970 or 680], performance wise. Consider also that 7970 is selling for 370$ for the card and 6 games.. As far as 680 OC results, just like you said silicon lottery, period. Some get lucky some don't and it doesn't matter WHICH 680 you have, there are some that don't OC well. You can look at newegg reviews for every card in existence and you will find some people just aren't getting good OCs regardless of brand / card type. Silicon lottery wink.gif Obviously you fell on the lucky side of the coin.
Edited by xoleras - 7/19/12 at 4:02pm
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I wrote a little letter to the customer service and I'd like to see your opinion before I send it
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Dear NewEgg customer service and stuff...

I recently (June 17) bought a MSI GTX 670 Power Edition OC from your site. Received it and installed the drivers and utility tools etc. Than, I realized that one feature wasn't included in the utilities.

The "Triple Overvoltage" as it is called, is not available from the package I received nor anywhere on the vendor web site.

Yet, it was announced in the Details->Features section of the card on NewEgg.ca.
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Features
Power Edition
- Triple Overvoltage: adjust the voltage of GPU, memory and PLL to unleash the potential of graphics card.
etc...

Since I SPECIFICALLY bought THIS model on THIS website because of the advertizing, I'm very disappointed that I partially received what I paid for. I wont return the card because I like it and it is a good gpu. But, I'm certainly not confident to buy again from NewEgg after that deceiving 439.99$ purchase...

Respectfully, [my name].

Do I have spelling mistakes? English isn't my birth language so...
Tell me if it is too weak or too aggressive please.
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Off topic-

Hello Jacob redface.gif

Was waiting for the Classified but, I mean honestly, come on, throttle on a ~$700 card? 55% fan speed on a "balls-to-the-wall-look-at-what-our-company-is-capable-of" card? No thank you. Still love EVGA though. Keep up the great work thumb.gif

Had to go with a Lightning though redface.gif
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I've owned 5 gtx 680s so far and they have all been a pain in the neck to OC except the lightnings. I was able to sell my old reference boards at no loss (this is when they were never in stock online) so it wasn't a big deal to move from those to better 680s. Thats why I like my lightnings so much, sure some have had different experiences but mine are great. I recognize that some have had different experiences, but dealing with Kepler throttle and high temps on the reference 680 was not worth it. 7970 doesn't have any junk like this in terms of thermal throttle and such.
As far as my 7970s I had reference boards that OC'ed +275mhz higher than stock. And I could adjust the voltage to my hearts delight -- also, overclocked 7970s can meet/exceed stock 680 performance, and as 1200 or higher they are great.
Now don't get me wrong, I like my 680s a LOT and really enjoy my setup. For the 7970s though, I'm just saying they're a pretty good option, if he's looking to save a bit of money for overclocking cards.

Well, the question isn't exactly about saving money. It's just that I find it hard to justify a card for 740$ (thats about 5100SEK) when I can get a similarily performing card for 590$ :|. If I was actually able to clock this card past 50MHz over factory clock I'd keep it any day but now the decision is not so simple frown.gif.

I mean 50MHz.. It's so pathetic I just want to throw the card out the window ._.
Edited by Rolfenstein - 7/19/12 at 4:05pm
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Off topic-
Hello Jacob redface.gif
Was waiting for the Classified but, I mean honestly, come on, throttle on a ~$700 card? 55% fan speed on a "balls-to-the-wall-look-at-what-our-company-is-capable-of" card? No thank you. Still love EVGA though. Keep up the great work thumb.gif
Had to go with a Lightning though redface.gif

I wish nvidia would just GET RID of voltage lock already. This would make our lives so much easier, like the GTX 580 days !
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Originally Posted by Rolfenstein View Post

Well, the question isn't exactly about saving money. It's just that I find it hard to justify a card for 740$ (thats about 5100SEK) when I can get a similarily performing card for 590$ :|. If I was actually able to clock this card past 50MHz over factory clock I'd keep it any day but now the decision is not so simple frown.gif.

Get a 690 then. They're in stock. I have used one and its a great card, just don't expect to overclock it much, it does get warm temp wise.

They should perform around the level of 680 sli at stock, my 690 boosted to 1100 out of the box. 690 should do you good. Again, don't expect to overclock it because you will hit thermal throttle MOST likely.
Edited by xoleras - 7/19/12 at 4:07pm
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Get a 690 then. They're in stock.

I had a 690, didn't need the performance so I returned it. Besides, a 690 in Sweden costs around 1300-1350$ smile.gif.
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I had a 690, didn't need the performance so I returned it. Besides, a 690 in Sweden costs around 1300-1350$ smile.gif.

What the hell man? Are you yanking our chains? 2 pages back you say "I should get a 690". Now you say "I had a 690".

Something doesn't add up here thinking.gif! Just make your decision already and stick with it redface.gif
post #769 of 7827
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Originally Posted by xoleras View Post

The 7970GE reviews clocked at 1050mhz shows that it is overall faster with a heavy OC, but obviously it uses more power and can be noisier. HardOCP did an OC vs OC review and the 7970 had a good showing.
I'm just saying its a good option if he's sick of dealing with nvidia voltage lock. There's really not much difference between them [7970 or 680], performance wise. Consider also that 7970 is selling for 370$ for the card and 6 games.. As far as 680 OC results, just like you said silicon lottery, period. Some get lucky some don't and it doesn't matter WHICH 680 you have, there are some that don't OC well. You can look at newegg reviews for every card in existence and you will find some people just aren't getting good OCs regardless of brand / card type. Silicon lottery wink.gif Obviously you fell on the lucky side of the coin.

I agree with all of this.
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Originally Posted by xoleras View Post

What the hell man? Are you yanking our chains? 2 pages back you say "I should get a 690". Now you say "I had a 690".
Something doesn't add up here! Just make your decision already and stick with it, christ !

I didnt say I'm going to, I said I would get a 690 =p. Not as in I'm going to but for that price point I'd buy a 690 instead of a single Classified.
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