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EVGA GTX 680 vs ASUS GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 or MSI Lightning

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Hello all,

I was comparing the ASUS GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 and MSI Lightning.
I was leaning towards the ASUS but when I finally was going to order out it turned out both the ASUS and MSI cards are sold out
and the shops dont know when they will receive a new batch.
There are still some EVGA GTX 680 cards available so I would like to know which one is best at the moment and how it stands up against the ASUS or MSI.
Not quallity and speed but also noise level is importent to me. Unfortunately I couldnt find any recent reviews of all cards.

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 8
any non reference cooler is going to be very quiet and perform well. i had the evga signature series 680 with a non reference style cooler and it was very quiet. thumb.gif
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post #3 of 8
The MSI's have better components.
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post #4 of 8
Asus make great coolers, the DC2 should keep your 680 quiet and cool.
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post #5 of 8
The lightning is the best one, but good luck finding one in stock.
Ok, my opinion is biased, I own one biggrin.gif

ps : I had SLI Asus GTX580 Matrix prior that and I was disappointed of the quality, both got issues and I got replacement by same value (6 months after, same value was 680 rolleyes.gif)
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post #6 of 8
The Lightning overclocks better, but the DCII produces less noise. I'd go with MSI.
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MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning of course, have a better components, better overclock, DUAL SLOT, Twin Frozr IV, etc....
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post #8 of 8
I've got two EVGA GTX 680 4GB models, and I prefer the reference cooler design because it ejects the heat directly out the back of the case. Fan noise gets a little loud when cranking them in SLI under full load with Crysis 3, but most other games I play keep the noise stays under control (WoW, EQ2, StarCraft II, Diablo III).

I've had a number of twin-fan cooler cards in the past, and I don't care for the recirculated heat in the case. Whether or not it becomes an issue is very much dependent on how much case cooling you have at your disposal. A high air flow case will handle the heat regardless of what you get.

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