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Pros: 680 SLI - The cards stay cool, quiet, and bored.
I had two user-overclocked Zotac 560 TI's in SLI before upgrading to this Zotac 680. I followed shortly thereafter with a purchase of another 680 (EVGA brand) to SLI the 680's. BTW, I have had no issues with any Zotac card I've purchased.
Granted, although running at 1080P resolution, the 680 in SLI is such a powerful graphical setup now that no game ever retains a full boost clock - some games never. The cards will automatically under-clock themselves much of the time, and this is in running the highest possible graphic settings on every game/application.
Even overclocked to stable, the 680's stay quiet and cool, especially with a custom fan-profile setup which adjusts the graphics-cards RPM fan speed more efficiently than the default settings. (The cards never get over the 70C threshold, in which case the cards are designed to under-clock boost slightly. I do have a 120mm side case fan blowing on the cards, however).
Cons: 2 GB memory when a 4 GB version is coming out? Although, unless you run in ridiculously high monitor resolutions, 2 GB is really enough.
Difficult to find a 680 in stock. I paid a little more the second 680 because the cards are immediately purchased as soon as they become in stock everywhere, especially Newegg.
Other Thoughts: Having gone from 560 TI's in SLI to 680's in SLI, and after running several games (Witcher 2 w/ubersampling, Batman Arkham City, Crysis 1&2, Battlefield 3, etc.), applications, graphics-utilities and benchmarks (FurMark, Heaven 3.0, etc.), and looking at some reviews, newsgroups, etc.; it is my opinion that the performance of two (2) 680 cards in SLI is roughly equal to four (4) overclocked 560-TI graphics-cards in SLI (Quad SLI) - assuming Quad SLI scales as well as dual-SLI, which I don't believe it does. But the performance is ridiculous.
Some may say a 680 SLI in 1080P, in non-3D, and/or non multi-monitor use is overkill, but I disagree. I wanted 1) a lot of headroom and the ability to play current and future games with maximum settings and resolution without worrying about a performance bump, and 2) I'd rather not upgrade components / VGA cards every few months. There is no need to consider upgrading these graphics-cards for some time.
Pros: Update to "Great Card" review of 2/4/2010. Regarding the problems with the software utilities which ship with this card -- specifically, 1) ASUS Gamer OSD and 2) ASUS Smart Doctor -- I downloaded 'Driver Sweeper' (free utility), ran it, and removed all previous traces of graphics-card drivers (including NVIDIA traces).
These two ASUS utilities are working fine now with the card.
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice, noticeable, upgrade in performance from a GTX 260 - which is not a bad card to begin with. Quiet fan at 'auto' speed setting. Card runs cool. Overclocked to 960-Core and 1250-memory stable.
The card runs all games with higher FPS as others have stated of course; but I've also noticed the 'minimum FPS' are higher with this card as well - i.e., Crysis and Crysis-Wars - the minimum FPS doesn't drop below 30 FPS even in the most demanding game segments, and with ultra settings. Also runs Star-Trek Online and Mass Effect 2 quite well so far. (Just installed these two and so have limited game-play).
Cons: The card is very long - I had to move a drive-cage to accommodate the card. The case is listed as a 'TS514 10-bay case w/250mm side fan' on the Polywell site. But no big deal - just be aware of the length of this card as others have stated.
Other Thoughts: Okay - here's the deal. I'm hoping to save someone out there a lot of time and guess-work solving potential problems associated with installing this card - problems I experienced, but maybe others have not?
I'm not here to flame ASUS or bad-mouth their software; however, for me, I had major problems with the software utilities which ship with this card -- specifically, 1) ASUS Gamer OSD and 2) ASUS Smart Doctor. Yes, I downloaded updated drivers and the latest versions of these software titles from the ASUS site, but still experienced problems - specifically, black-screens on both Crysis and Crysis Wars, as well as Fallout3, for example. None of these titles would load on startup - just black screens. Finally, uninstalling these ASUS software utilities solved all instability issues in all games. All load and play fine now.
Specifications: Asus P5E3 Deluxe/Wi-Fi Motherboard; Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 CPU (3.6 Ghz overclock); 4 gigabytes DDR3 (1333 Mhz) system memory.
Display Name: SHANNON J.
Date Joined: 04/06/03
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