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GTX 680 - MSI Lightning or ASUS Top?

Poll Results: Which card should I buy?

 
  • 100% (6)
    MSI GTX 680 Lightning
  • 0% (0)
    ASUS GTX 680 TOP
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 2
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Im not sure what card to get. Read tons of reviews of both cards.. And i still can't decide. Maybe you got some inputs smile.gif

Leaning towards the MSI Lightning atm - But both cards look very good, so..

There's also Gainward Phantom 4GB, but as far as i know its just a normal chip. The chips on the TOP and Lightning cards are handpicked as far as i know, so i guess the OC potential is better.. And i dont really need 4GB - i think. Playing in 1920x1200 - Dell U2412M.

What do you think? Thanks.
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Cards are close to equal, but the MSI card have a little bonus. You can find an old bios that will let it boost voltage above 1.21v, which is handy if you are doing overclock -> benching. Both cards are technically capable of doing so, but only MSI shipped a bios with it that works with MSI AB.

Chip quality, Noise levels, Overclocking potential (within Nvidia limits) are pretty much the same and its about luck which of them will go fastest on stock clocks.

Me, I got the Gigabyte GTX 680 Super Overclock, which again is about the same, with cherry picked GPU. My card have the same limits, but another way of cooling that might be a bit more noisy, even though I dont hear the card in normal games. I did a quick OC and benchmark - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4243218


Graphicsscore 12279 points, with only one card on stock cooling is kind of nasty!

If you are not overclocking, you can pick all kinds of 680 cards. Nvidia is making it really difficult to do any serious overclocking, so all the non-reference cards are just overpowered for no reason.
Edited by qwwwizx - 9/12/12 at 3:15pm
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