Date Joined: 09/20/11
Pros: Not much to say here, it is fast, quiet, and doesn't burn coasters as so many other BD burners do. It also comes with power DVD BLU RAY playback software, this is very important because the software alone generally costs around 70$. Without it you can't watch BR's from your drive.
Cons: Can't think of any. Price is a little high, but considering it comes with PowerDVD 10 I think the price is very justified. Most BR burners do not include it.
Overall Review: Great drive overall, very pleased with it.
Pros: First, this card is marketed and tailored specifically to overclockers so within that context is why I am disappointed. While the card has impressive hardware for overclocking, it is limited by the fact that all of the throttle mechanisms (70c temp throttle) are still present and the BIOS maxes out at 133% power. This is a contrast to other cards which go higher. I was able to get around 1260mhz on this card on its own, but with EV Bot I managed up to 1350. Now here's the problem with EV Bot: First, it costs a lot of money. Second, it increases idle temps by a LOT. My desktop idles at 50C with EV Bot in use....i'm guessing that the card doesn't downclock voltages/clockspeeds with EV Bot as it would normally.
Cons: This is all in the context of the TARGET MARKET this card is going after. I love EVGA but this card is a disappointment in every way possible, I have had reference cards that could do past 1250 overclocks and this one manages another 10mhz without EV Bot? Why would you pay 660$ for that?
Overall Review: I still keep this at one star. Why? REMEMBER THIS CARD IS TARGETTED TO OVERCLOCKERS:
2) 99$ for voltage control with EV Bot.
3) EV Bot increases idle temps by a TON
4) Only up to 133% power
5) Still has all throttle mechanisms, and it shouldn't. This is an overclockers card.
Sorry EVGA, pay attention to the core audience for this card, you market it towards overclockers yet hobble the card with stuff that prevents it from truly shining.
Pros: Good cooler, card is cool and quiet. Price isn't unreasonable.
Cons: This card is designed for overclockers, at least so I thought. My card with maximum manual fan would not do more than 1238mhz without crashing. I intended to replace a reference 680 with this one, but my reference actually overclocks higher.
Overall Review: PRAY THAT YOU GET A GOOD CARD. Apparently a lot of these cards don't overclock well at all....
Pros: First be aware that overclocking is always luck, the overclocks that someone else gets may or may not be what you get. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just keep it in mind. That being said my cards overclocked to 1370mhz, and you also get the benefit of having unlocked triple voltage thanks to the new software that was just released. I won't say where but you may need the original BIOS for overvoltage, as newer cards have a BIOS which is incompatible - the original BIOS is out there if you search. Anyway, card OCs very good, cooler is great, and in general the card is very enjoyable to use. Prior to this I was using a reference card that had miserable overclocks (in the 1230 range) and my temps at that speed were near 70C. The lightning can do high clockspeeds at way better temps and with little noise to boot, so I am very pleased!
Cons: Card is expensive, and this card caters mainly to those who really want to go above and beyond the stock performance of the GTX 680. Card also releases heat into your case, make sure you have adequate case airflow especially if you pursue SLI, it is very important.
Overall Review: I entered my purchase simply crossing my fingers for 1300mhz, and I wasn't disappointed. Be aware that overclocking is *always luck* no matter what, but I feel that this card with afterburner 2.2.3 and the matter discussed above is better and more affordable than competing solutions such as the EVGA classified. So I am very pleased with this card.
Pros: Card looks nice, decent fan, 2x 8 pin power. evga has a better warranty than other 680 manufactuers.
Cons: Now put this in the context of price. This card costs xxx and for that price you expect an amazing card. I have overclocked other 680s in excess of what this card has done for me, I was only able to get 1262 stable with 55% manual fan which is the max. To say i'm disappointed is an understatement. I wanted the best card money could buy for xxx$ and EVGA did not deliver.
Overall Review: Again, price is everything on this card and for xxx I expected more. I expected a lot more and it did not deliver. I am keeping the card because it does everything I need in terms of gaming but I hope EVGA takes all feedback to heart because i'm sure i'm not the only one expecting nothing short of amazing clocks for this much money.
Pros: Beautifully designed, quiet at stock / auto settings, great overclocker. For hardcore tweakers out there, this card is a dream - has multimeter connections, gpu reactor, and dual BIOS (which isn't standard on GTX 680 cards). This card is designed for extreme enthusiasts who want to push their cards. This card also promises software voltage manipulation which the reference 680 does not offer - it is apparently in the works with an upcoming release of MSI afterburner (and will only work on MSI lightning cards)
Cons: Kinda expensive, but to get the best you have to pay for it. This card is also substantially cheaper than the EVGA classified which requires an addon to change voltage.
Overall Review: Have been a big fan of MSI lightning cards for some time, and this one does not disappoint at all. Great overclocker, but you need to know what you're doing before proceeding. If you do, then this card will be a keeper.
Pros: This thing is dead silent even at 100% manual fan. It is way, way better than the reference fan and my temps went down by nearly 30C at load. With this cooler, I can overclock to 1250 nearly effortlessly.
Cons: Installation can be a pain. Be sure to read the instructions (on arctics website) VERY carefully
Overall Review: Simply awesome. Should be a little cheaper, oh well though.