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No doubt, it's a nice card with a certain "aura" that is inherent to the highest end, rare pieces of equipment, kind of like when you are driving down the street and see a Porsche 997 911 GT3RS fly by you and of course you instinctively look and you start thinking "if only...".
Point being, just as a Porsche 911 GT3RS is a perfectly capable street car dealerspite being incredible overkill for anything outside of a racetrack, the 680 Classified is an "exotic" GPU designed for systems that are not based on squeezing the best performance per dollar out but rather to make an extreme and "head turning" system.
   
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Would be nice.....although i've never owned MSI products myself.
I'm going surround so i don't want any limitations, especially with 4-Way SLI. Part of me is thinking i might wait for more GK110 info though....

If they manage to release a compatible water block for the MSI GTX 680 LXE and the video card in the next month or two it might be interesting. However, I think I am going end up waiting for the GTX 780. biggrin.gif
    
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I would choose 2x EVGA GTX670 FTW (2 or 4 GB) over this every time. And the end cost for putting the card(s) under water wouldn't be that different, yet the 670s would perform 75-90 percent better... Hell, you could have 4-way SLI with 670s for the cost of two of these just about.
   
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Well that's a bit daft, if you decide to buy the EVBOT module and OC via voltage adjustments you have to manually load the relevant voltage profile via the EVBOT module everytime you reboot the system, the voltages do not stick. And with 4 GPU's you need buy 2x EVBOT devices since each can only control upto 3 GPU's. To me that sounds like a major expense and PITA, Given that the Classifieds are aimed at hardcore enthusiasts i do find it surprising that the modules only support upto 3 GPU's.

I see why they did that though, if the voltage was able to be saved people wouldn't be buying EVBOTs in great numbers. They'd simply borrow one or goto a computer outlet that has access to one and they could pre-volt your cards without the expense of buying the module itself. Sly move EVGA sly move....
 
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post #95 of 122
And this is why Nvidia don't allow voltage control, MONSTER power consumption when OV......

Metro 2033 No OV - 372w
metro 2033 OV - 443w

8% increase in voltage for 19% increase in power consumption.... ouch!

OCCT No OV - 345w
OCCT OV - 425w

8% increase in voltage for 23% increase in power consumption.... double ouch!
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And this is why Nvidia don't allow voltage control, MONSTER power consumption when OV......
Metro 2033 No OV - 372w
metro 2033 OV - 443w
8% increase in voltage for 19% increase in power consumption.... ouch!
OCCT No OV - 345w
OCCT OV - 425w
8% increase in voltage for 23% increase in power consumption.... double ouch!

Probably still significantly lower than AMD's 7970 with OC's when you think about it.
 
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Probably still significantly lower than AMD's 7970 with OC's when you think about it.
In my experience with my own 7970, I'd say it's not really that much difference. Maybe 20 watts.
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4GB of RAM is pretty much useless for anyone runninga single monitor, especially if you're at 1080p.

You can get used Lightnings for about $500, and you get all the overclocking features mentioned in this thread. The cooling on the Lightning is also insane. You'll top out in the 60s after overclocked and still be quieter than most cards stock. No blower cooler can touch that with a 10 foot pole. Backplates are hype and protection for the back more than anything. You might get a degree or two C out of it - might.

The deal is over now, but you could get a Lightning for $550 with free shipping and Borderlands 2 included from Newegg the other day.

And MSI warranties go by serial number, so there's no BS with the warranty if you buy it used or sell it yourself.

I like EVGA. I've bought numerous video cards from them. Two 480s, 2 295s, a 6800 back in the day, but MSI is very quickly becoming my vendor of choice. I have a used Lightning headed my way as I type this. thumb.gif
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In my experience with my own 7970, I'd say it's not really that much difference. Maybe 20 watts.

I was thinking about changing to AMD camp and getting 4x 7970's, but given their TDP i'd probably need a new PSU............and this one is only 3months old and i have an unused Corsair Red Sleeving kit that i've never got around to using. I have a habit of buying stuff and not using it lol

Note: I haven't used AMD/ATI since the early 90's, so it would be a culture shock for me.
 
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Originally Posted by Kaldari View Post

4GB of RAM is pretty much useless for anyone runninga single monitor, especially if you're at 1080p.

tell that to the people running texture packs.... Crysis, Skyrim, STALKER, GTA4...there's quite a handful of games that eat VRAM when you mod them.
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