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Was wondering which company makes the best 680s performance wise and cooling wise.

What the difference in fps would be between the different cards in a game like bf3?

Also wanted to know the difference in fps with an overclocked 670 and a 680 and which would be better for sli in the future.



Thanks
post #2 of 7
If you are going to SLI with air cooling, reference cards will be the best.

For overclocking: MSI's Lightning

For single card cooling: MSI Lightning or Gigabytes 3 fan model

For SLI cooling: Any Reference card

Personally I like EVGA.... rolleyes.gif
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post #3 of 7
since you didn't tell us about your budget, I suggest buyMSI 680 Lightning version....best cooler, best overclocking, DUAL SLOT, etc

but 670 is good card too (for NOW), if you overclock it, the performance will match GTX 680 @stock...
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The Asus probably has the best cooler but its a triple slot. EVGAs FTW or Classified, the MSI Lightning, and the Gigabyte windforce tend to be good for overclocking.

Difference in FPS depends entirely on clocks. So whichever card has the highest clocks will have highest FPS. A 670 will have less FPS are the same clocks, but I don't think it's a big difference. I'd have to look up exact numbers.

For watercooling, reference is probably best but there are rumors about blocks coming out for the lightnings and the Asus DC2T.

For SLI, reference style is usually preferable because less heat builds up inside the case. But if you have good enough airflow you can use any cards you want. As for 670 SLI vs 680 SLI, I don't think one is better than the other...the 680s are just more powerful. 670 is a better bang for your buck though.

Also, EVGA is known for stellar warranties/customer service. I've heard good things about XFX too. Asus has a reputation for horrid customer service.
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the msi lighting edition is better than the asus gtx 680 dcii top. it has a better cooler . asus did a sloppy job on thier cooler and msi has found a better solution with there cooler and beats the dcii top. it also overclocks further by being able to up the voltage to 1.3V while the gtx 680 dcii top can only get 1.15ish. Btw (msi customer service and warranty>Asus customer service and warranty)
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well, in terms of gpu, i'd say go for MSI as they are quite good in making them except for the *ehem mobo ehem*
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Originally Posted by mastercommander View Post

the msi lighting edition is better than the asus gtx 680 dcii top. it has a better cooler . asus did a sloppy job on thier cooler and msi has found a better solution with there cooler and beats the dcii top. it also overclocks further by being able to up the voltage to 1.3V while the gtx 680 dcii top can only get 1.15ish. Btw (msi customer service and warranty>Asus customer service and warranty)

AGREEEEEED biggrin.gif, this is the best suggestion I think.
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