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My computer used to run a Evga GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked+ 015-P3-1485-AR Video Card. However, as of a month ago my drivers started acting up and I received nonstop BSOD's.

If you wish to read more about my driver problems you can read my post at bleepingcomputers.

As of now I am assuming that the card is unusable, however can not test this to make sure, since no one I know has a computer with a PSU that can handle the card.

I would like a new Videocard

So now I am in the process of looking for a new Nvidia card.

1. My budget is around $500
2. It must be able to run ALL current games on Maximum settings (I am a big graphics fan. If something looks terrible, I do not want to play it.)
3. I am looking for something that runs cooler then the 480, since it was one of the hottest cards I have ever run.
4. Power requirements are not a problem since I am running a 1200w PSU
5. For further details about my computer you can look at My Profile. Everything about my rig is displayed there.

I had looked at the new 680's but there seem to be so many driver problems with all the new Nvidia cards that I am getting pretty nervous. Especially since my last card, as mentioned above, is not in use due to driver issues.


Thank you for any and all help. It is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 24
The Geforce GTX 680 would be your best bet for 500$ US
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post #3 of 24
The 680s are pretty awesome man. I havently really had any issues with mine at all.
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post #5 of 24
If you're set on nvidia, and you have 500$ to spend, I'll agree with the other posters that a 680 will fit the bill.
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My Benchmarks with my Asus GTX 680 CU II OC card

F.E.A.R. 1 DX 9 1920x1200 4xAA = 241 FPS

Section 8 DX 9 1920x1200 = 151 FPS

Street Fighter IV DX 9 1920x1200 16xQAA = 228 FPS

Company Of Heroes DX 10 1920x1200 16xQCSAA = 59 FPS

Crysis DX 10 1920x1200 GPU Test 16xQAA = 57 FPS
Crysis DX 10 1920x1200 CPU Test 16xQAA = 54 FPS
Crysis DX 10 1920x1200 Harbor Test 16xQAA = 49 FPS

Far Cry 2 DX 10 1920x1200 Ranch short 8xAA = 128 FPS
Far Cry 2 DX 10 1920x1200 Ranch Medium 8xAA = 131 FPS
Far Cry 2 DX 10 1920x1200 Ranch Long 8xAA = 127 FPS
Far Cry 2 DX 10 1920x1200 Action Scene 8xAA = 86 FPS

HAWX 1 DX 10 1920x1200 8xAA = 153 FPS

Just Cause 2 DX 10 1920x1200 Dark Tower 32xCSAA = 64 FPS
Just Cause 2 DX 10 1920x1200 Desert Sunrise 32xCSAA = 77 FPS
Just Cause 2 DX 10 1920x1200 concrete jungle 32xCSAA = 49 FPS

Resident Evil 5 Scene 1 DX 10 1920x1200 16xCQAA = 147 FPS
Resident Evil 5 Scene 2 DX 10 1920x1200 16xCQAA = 143 FPS
Resident Evil 5 Scene 3 DX 10 1920x1200 16xCQAA = 129 FPS
Resident Evil 5 Scene 4 DX 10 1920x1200 16xCQAA = 144 FPS

World In Conflict DX 10 1920x1200 16xCSAA = 81 FPS

Dirt 2 DX 11 1920x1200 8XQCSAA = 125 FPS

Dirt 3 DX 11 1920x1200 16xCSAA 93 FPS

HAWX 2 DX 11 1920x1200 16xCQSAA = 200 FPS

Lost Planet 2 Test A Scene 1 DX 11 1920x1200 32xCSAA = 73 FPS
Lost Planet 2 Test A Scene 2 DX 11 1920x1200 32xCSAA = 75 FPS
Lost Planet 2 Test A Scene 3 DX 11 1920x1200 32xCSAA = 93 FPS
Lost Planet 2 Test B DX 11 1920x1200 32xCSAA = 64 FPS

stalker call of pripyat DX 11 1920x1200 4xAA Day = 124 FPS
stalker call of pripyat DX 11 1920x1200 4xAA Night = 120 FPS
stalker call of pripyat DX 11 1920x1200 4xAA Rain = 129 FPS
stalker call of pripyat DX 11 1920x1200 4xAA Sun = 94 FPS

Heaven Benchmark v3.0 Basic

Render: direct3d11
Mode: 1920x1200 8xAA fullscreen
Shaders: high
Textures: high
Filter: trilinear
Anisotropy: 16x
Occlusion: enabled
Refraction:enabled
Volumetric: enabled
Replication: disabled
Tessellation:extreme

FPS: 48.3
Scores: 1217
Min FPS: 24.3
Max FPS: 121.1
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post #7 of 24
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The GIGABYTE GV-N680WF3-2GD GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card has me interested. Especially since I don't want to get another factory OCed one.

However, how is gigabit as a brand? And is their cooler better then the one that comes with EVGA?

I personally like EVGA, however their brand seems to be having the MOST dirver issues?
What would be the top brands for this card?


Also thank you shilka for your #'s. They help. smile.gif
Edited by King_Yoshi - 10/9/12 at 4:29pm
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Or what about the 680 from ASUS?
ASUS GTX680-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I have used Asus products in the past, and have a Asus motherboard. They really do have quality products, from my experience.
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Originally Posted by King_Yoshi View Post

The GIGABYTE GV-N680WF3-2GD GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card has me interested. Especially since I don't want to get another factory OCed one.
However, how is gigabit as a brand? And is their cooler better then the one that comes with EVGA?
I personally like EVGA, however their brand seems to be having the MOST dirver issues?
What would be the top brands for this card?
Also thank you shilka for your #'s. They help. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by King_Yoshi View Post

Or what about the 680 from ASUS?
ASUS GTX680-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
I have used Asus products in the past, and have a Asus motherboard. They really do have quality products, from my experience.

Either brand will serve you well. Asus has kind of become infamous for customer support on OCN as of late; I read lots of threads with absolutely HORRIBLE RMA experiences, but it seems that most people are more than happy with using the brand. I myself use an Asus CHIV, and it has fortunately never had a problem. I have used Gigabyte to a lesser extent, but they are, for the most part, a reputable company and manufacturer.

The Asus card is, unfortunately, almost 50$ more, but IIRC, has the superior cooler; DirectCUII is pretty BA. That does, however, come at increased cost and it is also a 3 slot card, while the Gigabyte is a 2 slot and 50$ cheaper. So it just depends on what fits the bill for you.
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post #10 of 24
Eh... Toms Hardware thinks 680 is overpriced...
I would get a GTX 670 (one that is good for Overclocking), because it is withing a few FPS and significantly cheaper. I don't think any games will push the 670 below 60 fps...

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