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MSI GTX 680 Lightning 2048 MB

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by W1zzard, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

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    Nice review wizz thanks!
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    So this card is faster than a reference, is more efficient in multi monitor and idle and bleuray playblack
    More silent under load en idle, a bettet card overall, i want one :p
    Nice score wizz
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    Love the looks and its performance of this card... Well done MSI.
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    Can't wait for the afterburner version that lets you tweak core voltage :O
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    Oh man, the card is such a beast, and still suffering under shitty coded games like metro2033, even in low-res. You buy one of the very best what's out there, and still can't max out 2 years+ old "games", not even in 1280x800:shadedshu
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    It's not shitily coded.

    On the very highest settings essentially everything becomes real time ( lighting, particles,shadows etc etc etc)

    The setting just before it looks pretty damn good yet uses a lot less power.

    It's been coded like Crysis is all the highest setting is an OTT one for people with the power to run it.
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    oh man if this hits newegg at the $580 price in next week. I think ill get one.
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    Hey Wizz does that blue thing that adds voltage to the card on the back side will that cause any clearance issues with big CPU coolers if you have the card the top slot on like a p67, z68, z77 board?

    Nevermind I have plenty of room if i were to get this card. And if I did i think i would get some krylon Fusion to spray paint the yellow to a blue.
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    yes, just fits. see the specs table in the review for cooler and mobo used.

    you can safely remove the plastic thingie and put some insulating material on the addon pcb to gain a few extra millimeters
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    Have you played with voltage control with this card at all? If I'm not mistaken they are advertising that support in Afterburner with this and the GTX 670 power edition. If so that would make those the only kepler cards on the market to have that ability.
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    sweet I want this card! Just hoping my paycheck comes as soon as its available on newegg and ill get one.
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    The MSI AB does support up-to 100mV+
    NVIDIA inspector up to +187mV
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    Sweet card
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    So, this card uses the same Chil 8318 as the reference GTX 680. I wonder why software voltage control will only work on the lightning.
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    GPU Boost.
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    Is there any chance of the Asus GTX 670 Direct cu 2 getting any voltage control in gpu tweak? I'm wondering whats holding back every other card on the market.

    :wtf:

    The msi cards have gpu boost too.
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    What are you talking about? That has nothing to do with it.
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    really digging the 670/680s..come ATI! your lagging!
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    Yes it is. :shadedshu Don't mix up game enignes with realtime renderer attempts, those are different things, and they require different programming approaches
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    Has anyone noticed that overclocking the Core to super awesome jigahertz speeds doesn't actually help in game performance than overclocking the memory much more? I've realized over and over, higher memory overclock = better game performance. It'd be really cool if W1zzard would test this theory out, since I don't have my 670's ( SLI ) yet. Awesome review by the way, love the look of the card, but I don't think it's high price is justifiable.
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    It is game dependant, some games benefit a lot more with memory overclock and some other games benefit more from higher clock speed :)
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    What you talkin' about Willis?

    OC a custom and away you go. AMD are just retarded at making quiet cards. Anyway, the GHz (1100 core?) cards are just around the corner, hopefully customer versions are allowed at release. That's the review I'm interested in.

    But this card is too expensive (in the UK). Most reasonable custom cards, like this are £500+ (equal to $780). This specific card is £530 ($828), take off our tax it's still £440 ($688).

    If the AMD GHz cards come out at more than the current 7970 prices, I'll boycott AMD out of spite next time I buy.
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    the lightning GTX680 will be about $580
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    I just feel that the core is so highly clocked already, faster memory clocks are more efficient for the card. You're right though, that it depends on the game/engine it's running on, but till then, I'm probably spouting nonsense. I'll test it out when I recieve my own cards in the laters weeks, if anything happens, I'll probably post it up.

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