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GIGABYTE GV-N680D5-2GD-B GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs cool and quiet with auto fan, Precision X Fan curve makes it even better

Runs better than my Crossfire 5870s across 3 monitors at 5760x1080 resolution meaning higher FPS in BF3, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, etc.

Cons: I got RSOD (red screen of death) a few times when launching monitoring software, more often when launching speedfan which I read is a driver issue, but you can ctrl+alt+del and it fixes. This happened 2 or 3 times on day 1 and 2 of ownership, I have not seen it anymore within about 5 days even if I try to recreate it myself.

3 monitor surround set up was difficult to get working, I had to close the Nvidia control panel and reopen it and set it up several times before it took my settings. After it finally worked, in games like BF3, my middle monitor would go black for a few seconds every time I would spawn or somthing would load. I am using 2 DVI + 1 Active DP to DVI adapter (would not work with passive DP to HDMI adapter). After about 30 min. the issue stopped and has not happened again.

Benchmark scores in 3D Mark, Heaven, and Furmark are lower than my 2 x 5870s but FPS in games are way higher, I guess thats all that matters?????

Other Thoughts: Compared to the amount of driver issues I had with Crossfire ATI 5870s with Eyefinity, the 680 worked great, so it still gets 5 stars and improved performance. The few problems I have experienced so far fixed themself after about a day of use, it doesnt make sense to me how it would fix itself but Im not going to argue with it. I can play Witcher 2 across 3 monitors! I can finally spend more time playing my games than finding bug fixes and driver fixes that I was doing with ATI Radeon cards!

Its dissapointing that the Gigabyte model cost more than the most others AND comes with less accesories with no significantly different cooler. I guess with them all being out of stock and hard to find, Gigabyte is taking advantage of those (myself included) desperate enough to pay more :( I prefer EVGA model but would take any of them at this point with them being so high in demand still.

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GIGABYTE GV-N680D5-2GD-B GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Single Card as powerful as 2 high end cards
Shorter in length than most high end cards
Runs at decent temps and still quiet
NVidia surround seems more stable than Eyefinity

Cons: The NVidia surround was kind of buggy to set up and I ended up using my active display port adapter instead of all non active connections. At first the NVidia surround kept displaying a black screen every time games would load and the center screen would lag behind the sides, for some reason this magically fixed itself after about 30 minutes. The 2 side screens have gone to a "red screen of death" a couple of times when randomly trying to launch various programs.

Other Thoughts: I replaced my crossfire AMD 5870 set up and with GTX 680 has given me a huge FPS increase. Since I game with a 3 monitor setup at 5760 x 1080 resolution, most of my game settings had to be lowered to about medium / high specs. The GTX 680 has brought my FPS back to 60 FPS consistently at the same settings my crossfire was. There are alot of bugs using crossfire and I spent more time troubleshooting than playing, the 680 is an awesome replacement of 2 cards! Lastly, AMD drivers have SUCKED the past 6 months or so. I was using 5 month old drivers because nothing else was stable. I kept giving them chances to improve but I have given up hope, so far I have not found any of my games to have issues with the NVidia 301.1 driver release.

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Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Red LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Push a decent amount of air. They are pretty silent when kept at lower fan speeds (60% or less). The LED look awesome, not too bright in a good way.

Cons: Much louder than what the specs read at 100%.

Other Thoughts: For the price to performance ratio, these are great fans. If price is not an issue, I would recommend the Cougar Vortex over this one.

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Daniel A.'s Profile

Display Name: Daniel A.

Date Joined: 09/06/09

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 10/03/11
  • Last Review: 04/09/12
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