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EVGA 04G-P4-3685-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW Standard, w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I upgraded to two 680s from two 6970s. The difference is much greater than I thought it would be. Skyrim with tons of mods (really, tons) and everything maxed out runs like butter on my 2560x1600 display.

Cons: One of the cards would cause windows to crash once in a while and then recover from a video driver failure. That one is currently being RMA'd. (Easy process so far.)

Other Thoughts: Here's the thing: During the RMA, I'm having to use just the good card. And this is why I am writing this review and giving 5 stars despite having to do an RMA. This thing is STILL performing better than my Crossfire 6970s, with only one card! This is a great video card. If you happen to have really bad luck like me and get a lemon, stick with it, because the performance is worth it IMO. Not a bad price point for such a high-performance card.

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SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Low cost, very low profile, no-nonsense memory. I have mine set at 2200 at 1.5 volts with auto timings. (The board sets them to 10-11-10-30-2). Passed memtest with flying colors. I got errors when trying to run at 2400, even if I increased the voltage to 1.6. This is with i7-3770 and the Asus Maximus V Extreme motherboard.

Cons: I wish I could have gotten it to 2400. But I'm pretty happy with price versus performance.

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ASUS Maximus V EXTREME LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lots of features you might have to use slots for on other boards. WiFi, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt, etc. Lots of overclocking features, but for people who want to do fairly modest overclocks, you can (and probably prefer) to input all the settings yourself.

Cons: The slot you're meant to use for your secondary card if you're using SLI or Crossfire is defective on my board. Took me forever to narrow down why I was having all sorts of issues when I enabled SLI. I used another slot, and now my 680s are much happier in SLI, but no board deserves more than 3 eggs if it comes with a defective PCIE slot.

Other Thoughts: Not bothering to return it since my CPU and memory are all configured and happy. Too much trouble, and the LGA 1155 platform doesn't have much time left before it's obsolete anyway.

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Lacey P.'s Profile

Display Name: Lacey P.

Date Joined: 10/08/07

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 10/20/07
  • Last Review: 12/18/12
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