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Originally Posted by sherlock View Post

Consider the MSI 680 Lightning card, it is the only 680 that have software overvoltage support (MSI afterburner 2.2.3) without flashing a unofficial Bios, not to mention it have a very good cooler, dual slot & a large community on OCN here.

Ofc you can also buy a 670 since it have better price/performance, but if you are looking for best performance you can get out of a 2GB 680 the Lightning imo is the best option.

I thought the locked down the newer ones?
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I thought the locked down the newer ones?

MSI locked down voltage control on newer version of MSI Afterburner, but there is no stopping you from using the older MSI AB 2.2.3.

Newer version of MSI 680(after the initial 5000) just need to use a different version of the offical LN2 Bios(3A instead of F8) to unlock voltage control with MSI AB 2.2.3. You will need to modify newer version of Afterburner to make the OV work but since AB 2.2.3 is already out there and widely available on all download sites there is no need.
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I thought the locked down the newer ones?

Then you can flash it using the unlocked one @ MSI Lightning Owners Club.
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First off, that Gigabyte SuperOC model is a triple-slot card, which is unwieldy as hell and makes SLI more difficult down the road. The specs on it are impressive, however.

The EVGA card you picked is their base model, so its GPU is probably not going to have as much OC headroom as the chips "binned" into their higher-end 680 cards.

I think a nice compromise between the two extremes would be EVGA's GTX 680 SC Signature 2 (02G-P4-2687-KR). It's clocked @ 1097/1163 w/ memory @ 6208.

I intentionally ignored the ECS board due to their not being a top-tier manufacturer. If you're buying a 680, then EVGA, Gigabyte, ASUS, and/or MSI are the way to go.

Well Im down to these two models, the Lightning 680 2GB and the EVGA 680 4GB with Backplate @ $50 more.... which of the two is the better card considering the EVGA has 4GB Vram?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130799
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post #15 of 17
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Well Im down to these two models, the Lightning 680 2GB and the EVGA 680 4GB with Backplate @ $50 more.... which of the two is the better card considering the EVGA has 4GB Vram?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130799

The lightning(also comes with backplate) will be faster, quieter & Cooler(Twin Frozor IV & its dual 100mm fan is much better than EVGA 680's single reference blower) at stock(about 100mhz higher stock clock) & at max overclock(because you can raise voltage on the Lightning) for your single 1080p monitor setup, the extra Vram don't affect performance at 1080p.
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@ Sherlock

How does the 680 Lightning compare to the 7970 3GB Ghz Vapor X model? in most popular games today...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001
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@ Sherlock

How does the 680 Lightning compare to the 7970 3GB Ghz Vapor X model? in most popular games today...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001

I would say they are about even at 1080p because Lightning can overclock further than a standard 680, it does depending on how much overclock you can get out of both. I would personally get the Lightning 680 at 1080p because NVIDIA comes out with new WHQL drivers more often these days and Sapphire only offer 2 year warranty on their graphic cards(MSI offer 3 years), plus I heard you have to Mail Sapphire card back to Hongkong if you want to RMA, MSI have RMA office in the US.
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