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I am looking for a good GTX680 in the $500CAD price range or lower.

I would like this card to perform well (how much better than my GTX480 I'm still not sure), to not have a loud whine at menu screens and is not be so incredibly loud while gaming. My MSI GTX 480 Lightning can get pretty loud sometimes, especially with Afterburner overclocking it on some games. I'm noticing the framerate really drops sometimes in NFS: Most Wanted (and with the PS3 controller plugged in, I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it too? I know there is input lag but I don't know if that affects GPU lag too?) I'm using the MotionInJoy software for the PS3 controller.

So anyways, the GTX480 will whine during menu or loading screens sometimes depending on the games. I have been told it has something to do with the higher than normal refresh rate? But is this actually a software related thing, or a hardware related thing, or a bit of both? It baffles me that such a high pitched GPU whine could be passed off as normal, even if the developers are not making their menu and load screens properly. tongue.gif

So that is all I have in terms of questions.. In terms of brands, the most bang for your buck and highest performance, should I be going with Evga, Gigabyte, Zotac, or Asus for a brand new GTX680?

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I am looking for a good GTX680 in the $500CAD price range or lower.

I would like this card to perform well (how much better than my GTX480 I'm still not sure), to not have a loud whine at menu screens and is not be so incredibly loud while gaming. My MSI GTX 480 Lightning can get pretty loud sometimes, especially with Afterburner overclocking it on some games. I'm noticing the framerate really drops sometimes in NFS: Most Wanted (and with the PS3 controller plugged in, I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it too? I know there is input lag but I don't know if that affects GPU lag too?) I'm using the MotionInJoy software for the PS3 controller.

So anyways, the GTX480 will whine during menu or loading screens sometimes depending on the games. I have been told it has something to do with the higher than normal refresh rate? But is this actually a software related thing, or a hardware related thing, or a bit of both? It baffles me that such a high pitched GPU whine could be passed off as normal, even if the developers are not making their menu and load screens properly. tongue.gif

So that is all I have in terms of questions.. In terms of brands, the most bang for your buck and highest performance, should I be going with Evga, Gigabyte, Zotac, or Asus for a brand new GTX680?

During Menus when the fps is really high I've never seen a card that don't whine. So I think that request is a little bit difficult.
GTX 680 is around 40-50% better than a GTX 480. and between those brands I choose EVGA GTX 680 Signature 2.
But the best 680 is the Lightning IMO .
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During Menus when the fps is really high I've never seen a card that don't whine. So I think that request is a little bit difficult.
GTX 680 is around 40-50% better than a GTX 480. and between those brands I choose EVGA GTX 680 Signature 2.
But the best 680 is the Lightning IMO .

What about the Asus GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP? It's a very big card but isn't it presently the fastest GTX680 on the market? Or am I mistaken with that?

And would this ASUS 680 card still only be around 40-50% faster than my MSI 480 card?

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What about the Asus GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP? It's a very big card but isn't it presently the fastest GTX680 on the market? Or am I mistaken with that?

Mmm... I heard there are some problems with those Asus Top cards, so I would keep myself away from them. I owned a GTX 670 FTW from EVGA and I loved it. it was an awesome performer and it did overclock very well on both core & memory. that's why I suggested the EVGA GTX 680.
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And would this ASUS 680 card still only be around 40-50% faster than my MSI 480 card?

Of course. it is a GTX 680 after all tongue.gif .
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Maybe you should do some bench testing and compare your score with a GTX680 smile.gif

Unigine 'Valley' Benchmark thread has lots of GTX680 scores smile.gif
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GTX 480 used inductors that were a bit nosier than 580/680 on some cards. So you should definitely be better off, with that being said, some cards still do have inductor noise, but its usually not that loud.
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I have the Asus GTX 680 CU II card and i really like it but i am soon going for a EVGA GTX 680 SC Signature 2 SLI setup so i will be selling my Asus GTX 680

I have done a ton of benchmarks with 22 programs and games with my Asus GTX 680
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