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choosing a gtx 680

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
hi, i just returned a faulty gtx 680 jet streem and there out of stock so i was wandering which gtx 680 i should choose in its place. i plan on water cooling in the future and the cheapest 680 i can get my hands on is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Overclocked but it may be worth paying the extra $10 or so to get the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB or an extra $30 for the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Superclocked. as you can see I'm highly indecisive, hopefully this thread can steer me in the fight direction. if you have a different version you think is better let me know
Edited by clarkeyjr - 8/29/12 at 4:06am
post #2 of 10
Just get the cheapest reference card if you plan on water cooling. Anything other than reference will make it near impossible to find a full cover waterblock for the card.

Almost every vendor sells a refrerence 680 as their cheapest card, so it should be easy to find one thumb.gif
post #3 of 10
why not get a 4gb version instead?
post #4 of 10
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i don't see that the 4gb warrents the price increase plus i plan on doing sli in the future anyway and a total of 4gb over 2 cards is more than enough.
post #5 of 10
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i have made may decision and bought an evga gtx 680 2gb. which is a reference card (Thanks Alfaa) and it should be arriving tomorrow.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by clarkeyjr View Post

i have made may decision and bought an evga gtx 680 2gb. which is a reference card (Thanks Alfaa) and it should be arriving tomorrow.

No problem, man. I hope you enjoy it thumb.gif
post #7 of 10
GTX 680 2gb sli = 2 gb
post #8 of 10
I might be in this same market 6-12months from now... Hopefully my price will be lower. But, is the overclocking potential for non-reference cards that much better? It seems like we're reaching a point where even reference cards are getting quite safe to max the card out as long as temps allow, and without being able to adjust voltage, I don't see a huge benefit to a non-reference card...

I've got my antec 620 cooling so I could easily get around 50C max temp on the 680. My 580 maxes at 49C so alot lower wattage card should really benefit from the cooling
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by clarkeyjr View Post

i don't see that the 4gb warrents the price increase plus i plan on doing sli in the future anyway and a total of 4gb over 2 cards is more than enough.
As stated before me, this is wrong. When you are in SLI your system only uses the VRAM of the smallest card. Therefore, you could have a 10GB Vram Card and a 1gb card and your system would only use 1gb of VRAM. 2 is cutting it very close these days depending on your needs,hopefully it works out for you.
post #10 of 10
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ar well, as far as I can tell there's not many(if any) games that require more than 2gb of vram. so I should be al right for now.
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