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If you are running a single 1920x1080 60Hz monitor then dual-link DVI is useless. Higher resolutions than 1920x1200 and refresh rates greater than 60HZ requires dual-link or display port cable. 7970 Lightning is a quality card. Good overclocking potential and unmatched quality and craftsmanship. My sample reached 1210MHz/1700MHz. Don't get wrong, it is a great card in its own right.
alright yah I'm probably going to get it also. What about the noise level?
post #32 of 74
Get the GTX 680 Lightning. You can always flash your bios later if you wanted to use that ln2 BIOS for overclocking in the future to be on par with that generation of cards.
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Get the GTX 680 Lightning. You can always flash your bios later if you wanted to use that ln2 BIOS for overclocking in the future to be on par with that generation of cards.
7970 is not that bad. The lightning 680 is pretty expensive..
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alright yah I'm probably going to get it also. What about the noise level?

Overclocked Tahiti cards run warmer than Kepler cards therefore requires more aggressive fan setting. 1200MHz+/1600MHz+ will require 65% or greater fan usage to keep it acceptably cool. Voltage is the major factor here. I also do not recommend running Tahiti cards at maximum clocka on air.

My sample @ 1210/1700 ran at 75% fan usage and it is noticeably loud but not irritatingly loud. It can negated if you game with a headset.
post #35 of 74
Definitely go for an aftermarket cooler. There's nothing better than a completely silent (no/hardly any noise above case fans), even as you run intensive games.

I would skip buying new. There are aftermarket 680s sold on the various overclocking/tech forums all the time. MSI's warranty goes strictly by serial number, so you don't have to worry about that.
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post #36 of 74
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7970 is not that bad. The lightning 680 is pretty expensive..

Nobody is saying it's a bad card. 7970 in its own right is plenty fast and are neck and neck with average 680's. The 680 Lightning is not an average 680. It is voltage unlocked and can generally reach clocks that locked 680's cannot. Check out the 680 Lightning thread. The vast majority of them can exceed 1300MHz and some are well over 1400MHz.
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7970 is not that bad. The lightning 680 is pretty expensive..

It's $100 more but it's newer architecture, comes with a higher factory clock, runs cooler, and some other things that I can't think of right now. Also I had a few AMD cards that didn't hold up as long as my Nvidia cards did. You can't go wrong with either card.
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Btw you did ask what the best 680 was and nothing about a comparison of 7970 vs gtx 680.
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Overclocked Tahiti cards run warmer than Kepler cards therefore requires more aggressive fan setting. 1200MHz+/1600MHz+ will require 65% or greater fan usage to keep it acceptably cool. Voltage is the major factor here. I also do not recommend running Tahiti cards at maximum clocka on air.
My sample @ 1210/1700 ran at 75% fan usage and it is noticeably loud but not irritatingly loud. It can negated if you game with a headset.
I mostly wear a headset when playing. What about when idle?
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I mostly wear a headset when playing. What about when idle?

Just set up a user defined fan profile. You'll be fine thumb.gif
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