Originally Posted by coachmark2
Whatever happened to "Buy the fastest single card you can right now and then SLI/Crossfire later when it's not enough because the price will have fallen considerably?"
Yeah... That's exactly why I purchased my Matrix in the first place, now the only inconvenient is that the next generation has noticeably increased the VRAM demand. There was no difference of VRAM between the 480s and the 580s.... When I purchased my Matrix I wanted to go for an MSI Lightning XE (3gb) first but they were already out of stock everywhere...
So now for the same amount of money I can go SLI or sell my Matrix and buy myself a 680 with 4gb... Uugh this annoys me lol.
Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead
As much as I love my 580's, if I only had the 1.5GB version and didn't do Folding@Home, I would have sold my card for a loss and picked up a new card, especially if I was only running 1 monitor, which I don't.
Yeah, that's pretty much the dilemma...
So what's a good 4gb 680 to purchase?
The EVGA Classified is completely out of stock everywhere in my country so let's forget it. I quickly looked for the 4gb ones, there's the EVGA FTW+, a Gigabyte SC, one Asus direct CUII (3-slot like mine), and one MSI Twin Frozr III 4gb that seem interesting.
But the fact is, I can't find one single review for the 4GB 690 cards anywhere, except for the EVGA classified. None of the 4gb 680s are reviewed, that's odd?
So my choice by default would be an MSI Twin Frozr III because I know that those are in general very good.
One thing I don't understand, if anyone can explain me, is how come the MSI GTX680 Lightning (2gb) is roughly the same price as the MSI GTX680 Twin Frozr III 4GB? They have the exact same board, layout and cooling system. I know the lightning is excellent for overclocking but what are those overclocking features that justify being sold the same price as one other card with the double of VRAM?
In addition, if - IF - I go for a 680, then what model would y'all suggest me then? (Please don't tell me to go for a 670, I can afford a few bucks more for a 680 and I prefer - thanks).Edited by DaGoat - 11/28/12 at 2:38pm