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ASUS GTX680-DC2-4GD5 GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy install, big cards yes, but still the same size as my 480GTXes that they're replacing, 4GB RAM seems to make a difference. 600 series delivers little bonuses in how gaming renders, dynamic on-demand performance works well (fans don't constantly crank up). Planetside 2: noticeable differences in detail, particle effects, prismatic light effects and lots of sparks flying on explosions. Skyrim: rock-solid framerates on Ultra, clear render in 3D. Bioshock 2: breathtaking lighting and combat effects (sparks, fire, etc.).

Cons: Still pricey. Check PSU requirements, especially if looking for SLI. Check the size if you don't have a full-size case! Or if your drive bays face the back...you might not have the clearance. nVidia don't let us control the GPUBoost technology (yet!), but still I'm not sure if ASUS' overclocking software is necessary, either. GPUBoost seems to run the show well without running the fans too loud under load. I don't bother adjusting ASUS' settings because I'm not seeing much difference with/without them.

Other Thoughts: This is a wonderful card and I'm running 2 in SLI. I was surprised at how many details started showing up in my games. I saved money buying one of the two as an open-box, but even then this is still a pretty hefty investment. Lots of bang...but also lots of buck.

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StarTech SAT2MSAT25 2.5in SATA to Mini SATA SSD Adapter Enclosure
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works like a charm 07/15/2013

This review is from: StarTech SAT2MSAT25 2.5in SATA to Mini SATA SSD Adapter Enclosure

Pros: Easy to slip in the mSATA drive, screw everything down, and you're ready to roll. Fits in any laptop-sized SATA bay.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Took a boot OS drive from a laptop in order to upgrade it, so this made a great portable SATA drive for me when coupled with a USB adapter and USB 3.0 speeds...

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ASUS GTX680-DC2-4GD5 GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Slightly quieter than my 480 GTXes; amazing performance with fans running less often; simple installation and makes the most of the space it takes up.

Cons: Huge! Check the room in your case both front-to-back *and* distance from your side panel. Heat pipes stand slightly taller than my 480GTXes. Check your PSU to be sure there's enough overhead, especially in SLI.

Other Thoughts: Excellent performance, dynamic overclocking means fans don't run as often and the hardware design means fans aren't as loud. It was a close fit in my case height-wise; and length-wise was about the same as my 480 GTXes. Included software lets you adjust to your heart's content, but nVidia's built-in GPU Boost probably does more to maximize performance now.

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Trenton B.'s Profile

Display Name: Trenton B.

Date Joined: 04/19/04

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 01/11/12
  • Last Review: 08/05/13
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