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post #1 of 14
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Hi guys,
I'm looking for the best 680 card.

I've narrowed it down to these two options:

1) MSI Lightning 680 2GB

or the

2) ASUS GTX 680 Direct CUII TOP.

I will be gaming on one 2560x1440 monitor.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. No AMD please!! tongue.gif
post #2 of 14
Lightning all the way. Some get +1300MHz easy.

But maxing out games @ 1440p will be a little tough. You might need another one down the road.

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post #3 of 14
Both are really good cards, but I'd also go with the Lightning - especially if they still have the software voltage unlock ability (think that's been taken away though frown.gif ). OC is always a crap shoot, but I imagine you should be able to get as good if not better OC with the Lightning. Plus it's a two slot design in case you want to go SLI later.
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post #4 of 14
I'd go with the MSI card.
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post #5 of 14
Now I see you're eye-ballin' 680's instead of 670's thinking.gif Well I would go with the Lightning 680 thumb.gif

BTW...Understand that the 680 Lightning is only 7% to 8% faster than the following 670's (after both are OCed):

MSI Power Edition
ASUS Direct CU II
Gigabyte OC
EVGA FTW
Zotac Amped

IMO, it's not worth spending an extra $100 when comparing to these particular 670's, unless you're a die-hard benchmarker wink.gif


EDIT: Thought I should just stick to answering your question instead of sharing what I think, although you can still read it while it's scratched out whistle.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 3/3/13 at 12:22am
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post #6 of 14
I'd get the Lightning over the DC2T, cooling/noise wise they are both very good but I saw a OCN test a few month ago showing Lightning is slightly better & 2 slot(DC2T is 3 slot). I take the Lightning because it is cheaper and have Software Voltage control with 3A Bios & MSI Afterburner 2.2.3.
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post #7 of 14
I have the 680 Direct CUII TOP for sure I'll recommend it, but both of them are quiet & powerful cards smile.gif
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by sherlock View Post

I'd get the Lightning over the DC2T, cooling/noise wise they are both very good but I saw a OCN test a few month ago showing Lightning is slightly better & 2 slot(DC2T is 3 slot). I take the Lightning because it is cheaper and have Software Voltage control with 3A Bios & MSI Afterburner 2.2.3.

So you can still over-volt new GTX680 Lightnings via Afterburner? If that's true AND it's cheaper than the Asus = pretty easy decision IMO -> get the Lightning. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 14
I'd go with the Lightning. They're about the same when it comes to cooling and noise, but the Lightning is a 2 slot design and therefor much less unwieldy than the DCII.
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post #10 of 14
no brainer. go for the lightning because it's a 2 slot card. trust me you won't like a 3 slot card. (had to sell my jetstream card when I decided to SLI. stupid 3 slot cooler)
 
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