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Pros: Works as advertised. I swapped this for a hallway bulb and a bathroom bulb. both work very well. I could not tell the difference between switching from one florescent, and one incandescent.
Cons: The base gets a little warm to the touch but not nearly as bad as your traditional light bulb.
Other Thoughts: Other led bulbs are 12-20 bucks a piece. Don't think this is just a cheap product, because it works well.
I have only tested these indoors so i can only assume their performance would not be up to par for an outdoor light fixture. I am using these in a basement and for that they work well.
Pros: awesome card, it was cheaper than the lightning edition card which at the time was already discontinued. but its ok because the one and only difference between the 2 cards is a bios. it takes less than 5 minutes to flash the bios and this is a 680 lightning. core clock up to 1202 without overclocking. reached 1300 core with oc.
Dual bios switch makes it simple to install different bios so if you want to have a really good but risky bios for overclocking and then just an efficient bios you can do that. the bios switch is located right next to/ under the msi logo on the edge of the card, i do not know why the dual bios switch is not advertised.
Cons: barely any. gpu reactor had to be removed for this to fit in my computer case with my other lightning, but that is only because it is a micro atx case.
blue leds dont match well with my red leds in the case but it makes the 2 cards stand out more.
the sli ribbon is rather long however very minor complaint just because my case is smaller than most people who would have this monster of a card.
heat output with 2 of these cards right next to each other is intense. running kombuster i saw temperatures up to 92C on the top card, again this is only because they are very close to each other. other sli systems will most likely not have a problem keeping it cool.
Other Thoughts: you can look up the official owners club of the 680 lightning and learn more about this card and the lightning.
nzxt vulcan Matx computer case
asus maximus IV gene-z motherboard
i7 2600k @4.33GHz
thermaltake water 2.0 extreme cooler
16gb gskill sniper 1866mhz ram
xfx 1050w fully modular power supply
2 x msi gtx 680 lightning (1 bought as lightning 1 bought as poer edition flashed to lightning bios)
Pros: this card looks fantastic with the black pcb, the unique heatsink, and the blue led. This card went into a system with an i5 2500k 8gb ddr3 ram and a 500w power supply. it is performing marvelously.
this card also overclocks like a beast, with msi afterburner you can unlock voltage control and with a bit of tweaking i got this card over 1200mhz core clock, 1202 to be exact which is about a 21% overclock from stock clocks on the core.
comes with a mini hdmi to hdmi adapter which is a very convenient item to include so it is ready for an hdtv.
only 1 6 pin pci express connector needed which comes on the majority of power supplies being sold today, even the low output supplies.
the open style of heatsink i believe is a good design because some of the heatsink even overlaps the pcb allowing air to flow around the graphics card out the top of the case easier, assuming you have top exhaust fans.
Cons: first con is not about the card. the main con is the feedback being provided by inexperienced and whiney people who think they know what they are doing but really don't.
STOP CORRUPTING THE REVIEWS WITH IDIOCY.
no sli bridge, well DUH! read what you are buying before you unthinkingly buy a product.
The card is a little longer than other brands, for example evga or gigabyte. but in my opinion this one looks a lot better as well.
Other Thoughts: i mainly play dirt 3. and on my 2nd rig which is a smaller budget rig it runs off a 1600x900 monitor. all settings were maxed out and it was able to record, yes record the gameplay above 50fps.
i have 2 msi gtx 680s in my main rig. one lightning edition and one power edition. i am very happy with all 3 of my msi graphics cards, i was also fortunate enough to catch this one when it was $20 cheaper than the asking price at the time of review, $160. so i got it for around $140. Catch this card on sale, buy it and you will not be disappointed.