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Its just another twist in the lightning thread, its a new topic every day , roll with it redface.gif

Awesome answer biggrin.gif

Yes let's hope this can be a place, unlike most threads, where we can talk about various topics, even if they're only loosely related to the Lightning, yet everyone still remains civil. And a place where everyone always remembers that regardless of the means, our end-game is all the same (performance redface.gif). Sorry, I get philisophical when I drink biggrin.gifcheers.gif

But anyways, yeah if someone wants to throw a comparrison out there or something along those lines, do it in a civil way and you will hopefully be dealt with in a similar manner. Only rule when throwing a comparrison out there is you must achknowledge that the Lightning is the best 680 on the market tongue.gif
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Awesome answer biggrin.gif
Yes let's hope this can be a place, unlike most threads, where we can talk about various topics, even if they're only loosely related to the Lightning, yet everyone still remains civil. And a place where everyone always remembers that regardless of the means, our end-game is all the same (performance redface.gif). Sorry, I get philisophical when I drink biggrin.gifcheers.gif
But anyways, yeah if someone wants to throw a comparrison out there or something along those lines, do it in a civil way and you will hopefully be dealt with in a similar manner. Only rule when throwing a comparrison out there is you must achknowledge that the Lightning is the best 680 on the market tongue.gif

If you're lucky wink.gif.
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If you're lucky wink.gif.

Very true. But aside from the quality of the Lightning's components, it's obvious that this cooler, coupled with no throttle, will definitely do some damage once we have voltage control. I mean damn, what card can run Heaven at 1355/6800 @ 50C? I did this multiple times, while not living in Alaska, so I know what this card will be capable of in a few short weeks thumb.gif
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True, applies to any card really. Mine get 1352 in sli so i'm extremely happy, I also like the other perks such as no kepler throttle and 1.21V on BIOS2. Hopefully MSI gets their ***** together with the software voltage frown.gif

As far as the 7970s I really liked them when I had them, AMD just massively screwed up with the launch driver but its rectified now. If I were doing it again, the visiontek 7970s at 360$ with 6 free games is a ridiculously good price....but i'm happy with things are they are currently.

PS anyone else have luck with newegg? I haven't spoken to them yet.
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So it seems those classifieds are getting current throttling at about 1.3v .... if the lightnings do actually get adjustable voltage ... are we likely to see the same thing on these with the LN2 bios?

the cost we are paying for non extreme -- extreme overclocking cards this generation is astounding!

on another note ... I decided to go back to surround 3d gaming ... was set on a pair of lightnings for a single monitor but with 3 I am thinking 3 way sli of a 4gb card would be better. thoughts?

I am planning to do some sort of water cooling ...

so if classifieds it will be with waterblocks ... $800 a pop

if evga FTW 4gb universal blocks with copper on the vrm's and the backplate on for looks ...

if galaxy 4gb .... universal block with stock aluminum heatsink on the vrm's

could still do the lightnings 2gb with universal block and maybe some extra copper on the heatplate (or fullblock when it is made)

I am pretty set on 3 cards so I can play games like bf3 in surround 3d with high settings and such ... would do 4 but do want to keep my soundcard and seems people say 4 way sli is not great for scaling in games ...

So any wisdom guys? with a single monitor it would be the lightnings in sli FOR SURE , but now with more screen real estate I am not so sure ...
and with all this wondering whether the lightnings will EVER get real adjustable voltage and this talk of the classifieds having current throttling makes these UBER cards seem a WASH this gen ...

this from a former and potentially future again 680 lightning owner smile.gif

the issue be
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Very true. But aside from the quality of the Lightning's components, it's obvious that this cooler, coupled with no throttle, will definitely do some damage once we have voltage control. I mean damn, what card can run Heaven at 1355/6800 @ 50C? I did this multiple times, while not living in Alaska, so I know what this card will be capable of in a few short weeks thumb.gif

As long as you have a decent cooler throttle really isnt an issue anyway, My windforce GTX 680 completes Heaven maxed out at 1920X1080 at 1320/7200 @ 51c with the fan set to a nice and silent 50%. wink.gif
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supermi, for tri sli honestly open air cooled cards are not the best. You want at least .75-1.5 inches of space between cards, and with tri sli you usually have to "sandwich" them. Your temps will not be ideal if you try to TRI sli lightning cards, you'd be better off with water cooled cards or perhaps the classified despite it costing substantially more.

Just keepin it real redface.gif Aftermarket cards aren't good for tri or quad, you want cards that are A) water cooled or B) exhaust heat out of the rear of the case. BTW what resolution are you running at ? Dual SLI is usually pretty good at 5720x1200, you may have to use FXAA in some games due to VRAM though.
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Very true. But aside from the quality of the Lightning's components, it's obvious that this cooler, coupled with no throttle, will definitely do some damage once we have voltage control. I mean damn, what card can run Heaven at 1355/6800 @ 50C? I did this multiple times, while not living in Alaska, so I know what this card will be capable of in a few short weeks thumb.gif

Mine certainly cant wink.gif. I know the Lightning CAN be extremely good but my card left a bad taste in my mouth. Oh well, perhaps I can break the worlds ****tiest Lightning clock record?
post #789 of 7827
Oops, just read that you're doing universal blocks. I guess the answer depends on your resolution and what games you play. With 2gb you may have to limit yourself to FXAA or No AA in some games at 5720x1200, with 4gb you can go crazy with whatever AA levels you want.

Performance shouldn't be drastically different, 4gb will just give you more image quality (MSAA takes up a lot of VRAM.)
post #790 of 7827
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supermi, for tri sli honestly open air cooled cards are not the best. You want at least .75-1.5 inches of space between cards, and with tri sli you usually have to "sandwich" them. Your temps will not be ideal if you try to TRI sli lightning cards, you'd be better off with water cooled cards or perhaps the classified despite it costing substantially more.
Just keepin it real redface.gif Aftermarket cards aren't good for tri or quad, you want cards that are A) water cooled or B) exhaust heat out of the rear of the case. BTW what resolution are you running at ? Dual SLI is usually pretty good at 5720x1200, you may have to use FXAA in some games due to VRAM though.

Maybe you missed ALOT of what I wrote as in EACH and EVERY option I wrote included universal or full coverage WATER BLOCKS LOL rolleyes.gif

with that being clear ... what do you say biggrin.gif ?
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