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Recently ordered a 670 TOP but it arrived DOA. So I have to return it.. I thought about how a 680 is only 40 dollars more and i would have the fastest single graphics card. So which one is the eat out of these? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130771
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130780
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127672
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130793
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Recently ordered a 670 TOP but it arrived DOA. So I have to return it.. I thought about how a 680 is only 40 dollars more and i would have the fastest single graphics card. So which one is the eat out of these? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130771
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130780
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127672
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130793

The BEST Kepler card is the Lightning 680 as it is the ONLY Kepler card with true voltage control.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127693 ($479.99 after rebate)
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DispayPort-PCI-Express-N680GTX-LIGHTNING/dp/B008D1JKF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351140949&sr=8-1&keywords=Lightning+680 ($489.99 after rebate)

BTW, the 680 is not the fastest single GPU graphics card thumb.gif
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680 lightning is out is stock. Then what is?
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680 lightning is out is stock.

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DispayPort-PCI-Express-N680GTX-LIGHTNING/dp/B008D1JKF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351140949&sr=8-1&keywords=Lightning+680
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Then what is?

Save for another time biggrin.gif
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Is the 7970 ghz with the new 12.11 faster?
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680 lightning is out is stock. Then what is?

I would have to be either the gigabyte windforce due to the shear build quality and performance of the card, or the MSI 680 PE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127698 due to the overclocking capability.

If I had to choose from your list, it would be the MSI twin frozer card, otherwise I wouldn't buy any of them. Those reference design coolers are horrible. Anything that has 2+ fans is FAR better than something that only has one. And in this case, the two that I linked are probably the best bang for the buck GTX 680s ever.
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The best 680 is a 7970 thumb.gif
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Is the 7970 ghz with the new 12.11 faster?

Yes.

I would definitely go with a 7970 as they are basically $100 cheaper and give you better performance in most cases. Plus most have unlocked voltage control.

Have a look at some reviews.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/5.html
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/46905-amd-catalyst-1211-benchmarked-surprising-performance-gains/
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Yes.
I would definitely go with a 7970 as they are basically $100 cheaper and give you better performance in most cases. Plus most have unlocked voltage control.
Have a look at some reviews.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/5.html
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/46905-amd-catalyst-1211-benchmarked-surprising-performance-gains/
you can't buy a backplate for them... Which 7970 would you recommend at that price range
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12.11 Catalyst drivers have been insanely performance boosting, that's true. But I would keep my eye on Nvidia. The newest Forceware beta drivers 310.33 are said to increase performance "by 15%" according to Nvidia. I know, coming from the manufacturer that's pretty dubious.

I would, however, wait a few days to determine just how much of an impact the new Nvidia drivers make. thumb.gif
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