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So, with the coming of the 7xx series, the older 680's are quite a bit cheaper now.

And I am actually interested in switching to those instead of the newer cards. Can someone tell me what the difference between each of the above are? Is it just the clock speed and cooler? Is the Classy that much better? Amazon has some pretty decent "like new" cards for about 400 dollars so I am pretty interested in that.
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At that price, I'd consider the 770, which is essentially an "improved" 680 reference, with its own PCB, etc., but about a 10% performance increase.
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There is no need to buy a 680 at this point. For $350 you can buy a 670 FTW / FTW Sig2 which is a disguised 680 OR like it was already mentioned, a 770 for $400.
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

There is no need to buy a 680 at this point. For $350 you can buy a 670 FTW / FTW Sig2 which is a disguised 680 OR like it was already mentioned, a 770 for $400.

disguised 680? does that mean I can SLI it with another 680?
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Originally Posted by briddell View Post

At that price, I'd consider the 770, which is essentially an "improved" 680 reference, with its own PCB, etc., but about a 10% performance increase.
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

There is no need to buy a 680 at this point. For $350 you can buy a 670 FTW / FTW Sig2 which is a disguised 680 OR like it was already mentioned, a 770 for $400.
He's trying to say the 670 is like a 680 but with a few thing disabled. They are different cards. Either way ignore his advice of buying a $350 670, as the 760TI is going to release which will be the exact same as a 670 , with improvements, and will retail for $300. the 680 Is also a good option at $400 if you don't want to wait another week or two. No official date for it, yet.

These new cards coming out are basically the same as the old series, but being released at a cheaper MSRP. Unfortunately, the older 6xx cards are not decreasing in price, so you are better off buying the new 7xx series and getting a brand new card. I wouldn't buy used from amazon.
Edited by 00firebird - 6/5/13 at 5:52pm
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The GTX 770 is a GTX 680 with faster VRAM and GPU boost 2.0 but i dont think you can SLI them as they dont use the same BIOS

Get a EVGA GTX 670 with overclocks they can match the stock GTX 680 cards
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the 680 Is also a good option at $400 if you don't want to wait another week or two.

This is not a good option thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif ...Like I had stated earlier, it's absolutely pointless to buy a 680 (unless you already own a 680 and want another to run SLI). You can buy a 770 instead for $400 & it's a better card than the 680.
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Get a EVGA GTX 670 with overclocks they can match the stock GTX 680 cards

Yes sir thumb.gif ...actually can be OCed faster than a stock 680 biggrin.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 6/5/13 at 7:49pm
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