- 1536 CUDA Cores
- 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0 x16
Excellent card 05/16/2013
Fast, quiet, easy to install, excellent price
I've been buying and upgrading my video cards for years. I always buy the value card, the card that gives fair/good performance at a fair/good price. The problem with value cards is they do not help you in the future. Value cards play current games at medium settings. One year later the card is out dated.
In comes the GTX 680. This is an expensive card, $500 MSRP. This is not a value card! This is a card that will easily max out any current video game, and will continue to max out any game for the next 3-4 years. Although this was not originally a very affordable card, prices have been reduced quite a bit. Newegg was much more expensive than the "Jungle", so I bought it there. After rebate this card was only $399. I also had a small "Jungle" credit and I used some CitiBank ThankYou reward points at checkout. Brought this card down to about half off. Then I sold my two old 5850 video cards and I almost got this card for free. Even at $399, its about the same price as some GTX 670's. I play Battlefield 3 on Ultra and it runs around 90-120 fps. Insane!! This is the second fastest card made, the fastest being $1,000.
I don't know a lot about Galaxy, but they have the same standard 3 year warranty everyone else has. I've read many reviews of cards from all companies, and no company is without complaints. I have not read very many negative reviews about Galaxy. The rebate process was easy.
The GTX 680 cards run a little warm because of how fast they are. During BF3 it usually runs at 70℃, but that is all dependent on fan speed. Other more expensive cards have more fans but you may pay a lot for that. And if the card is under warranty, who cares? This card also overclocks very easily. I highly recommend this card!
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