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I originally planned to get a 7970 vapor-x but most of the good monitors support nvidia 3D vision so I might as well make use of it, only problem is which 680 should I get, I've been looking at EVGA but not sure which version to buy, any help? Let me know if posting my build would help.

P.S. I don't live near a microcenter
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I originally planned to get a 7970 vapor-x but most of the good monitors support nvidia 3D vision so I might as well make use of it, only problem is which 680 should I get, I've been looking at EVGA but not sure which version to buy, any help? Let me know if posting my build would help.

P.S. I don't live near a microcenter

If you can live with the crappy Asus RMA how about the Asus GTX 680 CU II 4 GB card

Thats a dual slot card the 2 GB version is triple slot and i tried both of those cards and i really like them
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Go with any of the EVGA cards, the Asus DirectCU II, Gigabyte Windforce or MSI Twin Frozr. You can't really buy a bad 680, you don't have to worry about which ones are voltage unlocked like you do with the 7000 series because they are all locked tongue.gif
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The EVGA GTX 680 SC Signature 2 looks pretty good.

A less-expensive alternate would be the EVGA GTX 670 FTW, which uses the 680's PCB and cooling system, while also being clocked at the 680's reference speed.

Here's a comparison of the two:
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NAME         CUDA TMU ROP SMX BASE BOOST MEMCL BUS MEMSZ MSRP
670 FTW      1344 112  32   7 1006  1084  6208 256  2048 $399 
680 SC Sig2  1536 128  32   8 1097  1163  6208 256  2048 $499 
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2 GB and 4 GB Asus GTX 680 CU II cards

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post #6 of 17
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How good is the 670 in comparison to a 680? I don't know if you've seen some of my other posts but I would like to play BF3/4, crysis, metro2033 borderlands etc on higher graphics comfortably and have at least 2-3 monitors in the future, for one monitor the resolution would be 1920 x 1080 at least and how is this card?

EVGA 670 I also like the goodies EVGA comes with
Edited by Shatto - 4/19/13 at 3:46pm
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How good is the 670 in comparison to a 680? I don't know if you've seen some of my other posts but I would like to play BF3/4, crysis, metro2033 borderlands etc on higher graphics comfortably and have at least 2-3 monitors in the future, for one monitor the resolution would be 1920 x 1080 at least and how is this card?

EVGA 670 I also like the goodies EVGA comes with
It's about 5% slower but tends to overclock higher, especially the EVGA FTW edition which uses the 680 PCB. In terms of value it's miles ahead.
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Go with any of the EVGA cards, the Asus DirectCU II, Gigabyte Windforce or MSI Twin Frozr. You can't really buy a bad 680, you don't have to worry about which ones are voltage unlocked like you do with the 7000 series because they are all locked tongue.gif

Also are you saying all the 680's are voltage locked?! Or that the 7000 series is?
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Also are you saying all the 680's are voltage locked?! Or that the 7000 series is?

He's saying that all the 680s are voltage locked, along with all the other Kepler 6xx chips.
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He's saying that all the 680s are voltage locked, along with all the other Kepler 6xx chips.
So how is the 670 5% slower but overclocks higher if it's locked?
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