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MSI N680GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Can't say enough great things about this game shredder! I read every review and comparison tests for months. Hard to justify replacing a fairly new Gigabyte GTX570 O.C. already. Just built new Gamer. This card is Perfect for the MSI Z77 MPOWER MB!!! BIG BANG, Black & Yellow matches perfect. That's just a bonus. The reason behind it was the performance. (Runs 1202Mhz) right out of the box. Don't know why it's under-rated at 1176Mhz? The blue LEDs ate a nice touch. Two roes on top. Five light at idle, then all 12 when game loads and jumps from 1110Mhz to 1202Mhz. Temp stays down around 36°c with everything maxed. This is my 5th gamer build. First time I used MSI, and don't think I'll ever use anything else again. Flashing BIOS was always nerve racking before. With LiveUpdate5, just click Download & Install, and done. MSI SUITE and all the programs MSI created to make everything plug n play are a necessity now. Dual BIOS switch, AFTERBURNER, Quiet, simply the Best

Cons: Yah Right... People who complain about the blue LED lights... People who see the card, read the reviews, know exactly what they're ordering, then complain about minor superficial stuff. People who would find a gold coin, then complain that it's too heavy & shiny!!!

Other Thoughts: All the numbers on the 680's are so close. This card runs at 1202Mhz stock. Voltage & everything can be unlocked for overclocking. I don't plan on O.C.n at this point. Just made sure it would. Running CoD Black Ops 2 on 24" LED, everything maxed & running steady over 200fps. Hit 380fps in single player. The L.M.G. on rapid fire with air strikes and everything happening at same time, never drags down. That's the only hit the old GTX570 would take. Sometimes would slow down. Internet could be better, but definitely see gains with this 680 over 570, worth $500. Four of us got different 680's, they're returning and getting mine. If anyone is building a new rig, I promise the MSI MPOWER Z77 MB & this Lightning work together & look better than any combo out there!!! H100i with Blue LED above card's blue LED looks AMAZING! Add Samsung PRO SSD 258Gb, WD Blk 1.0Tb for everything Except games, Enermax 1250w, i5-3570k 4200Ghz default o.c. with this MB. Corsair 600T, Perfect case, window & grill.

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Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: New build. Switched from AMD this time. Put on MSI MPOWER Z77. Love that MB. Spent months reading everything. With 1 push of OC button runs i5-3570k at 100.5 x 42= 4200ghz But only when needed... Drops to standard 3.4 when idle or low load. As soon as start gaming stays 4200 & with H100i stays in 40's. Fans set to max at 50°c automatically. Haven't messes with any manual O.C.my MSI MPOWER MB sets everything. Voltage fluctuates on cpu & ram as needed. No crashes and on 24" LED running 1920 x 1080 Black Ops 2 runs 135+ fps. And thats on older Gigabyte GTX 570 running stock. Really comes down to complete system. MB, CPU, H100i, Samsung Pro 256 SSD, Enermax 1,250 PSU, Corsair 600T, Ripjaw, WD HDD Black 1.0T, Ultimate Gamer Rig-$2,000
Now GTX 4G 680...

Cons: None.... Shoulda been under $200

Other Thoughts: Really tough not just throwing another $100 at it and getn the i7-3770k
That's gas for about 4 days in my 4x4's
But this is Top per $ and just clocks steady at 4200 Get i7 in 6 months when price drops. Too many thousands in closet as is of year old parts...

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ENERMAX NAXN 82+ ENM750AWT 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Been running Enermax PSU's for 10+ years without any problems. Simply get what you pay for. My old Galaxy 1,250w EVO is rock solid. More than enough cables to run a small server farm. Bought this latest 750 for older SLI gamer with extra MB power inputs for PCI section. Black & Yellow jacketed cables match my MSI MPower MB Perfectly.

Cons: Expensive, but will go into next build, and next build...
Would like to have a MB fan monitor wire so could see the RPM or even temp. This unit doesn't have a fan wire for MB at all. Which is OK, self controlled and has it's own system, just like to see what's going on.

Other Thoughts: Nothing worth taking an egg off for... Sweeeeet......

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Doran R.'s Profile

Display Name: Doran R.

Date Joined: 01/31/08

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 02/11/08
  • Last Review: 02/06/13
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