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MSI GeForce GTX 680 DirectX 11 N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GD5/OC 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Plug and play like nvidia always intended. unlocked voltage control. great overclock headroom. Really low temps. vram wall is miles away.

after OCs you mite as well call it the 680 Lightning Xtreme edition.

Cons: theres really only one con with these cards. its due to the great cooling. the heatsink plate is a hair too close to the SLI connectors in which you wont be able use a normal 3-way SLI bridge, unless you can find a high profile one(evga may have, havnt looked tho) however it is very easy to use 2 2-way SLI bridges to accomplish this. not worth docking an egg for this IMO

Other Thoughts: Crysis 3 had me itching for an upgrade from my 570 and these really hit the spot. i was struggling with memory usage and overall raw performance of the GPUs. if your only playing at 1080p or less, these cards arnt really a necessity, from a 570/580/6950/6970 its not really an appropriate upgrade, but from a 400 series or 5000 series its massive.

picked up two and running in SLI, both overclocked beyond 1200 mhz on stock voltage. never over 60c on full load cept in 3dmark11. both idle between 29-33c

MSI Radeon HD 7970 DirectX 11 R7970-2PMD3GD5 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: High Memory, Solid Quality, Great Warranty, High OCs on stock Voltages, Reasonable Cooling(see Other Thoughts). I honestly hold MSI to a higher standard than EVGA, sapphire, Gigabyte. may not have the longest warranty but they will honor their product till the last hour.

Cons: MSI makes fantastic graphics cards, so i dont hold them to the weak points on this particular card. Software support(on this being AMD's flagship GPU) is utterly disappointing. Crossfire requires you to tweak profiles to maintain reasonable temps on the slave card, and even though you get 3gbs of VRAM you will hit the wall on games at 1080p with the high res texture packs. microstutter issues result in random game crashes and red screens while the heating issues will cause your top card to reach 60 c on idle and the stock fan settings will allow it to do so without reving the fan. when the temp sensor finally gets up to bring the temps back down sounds like your taking off in an f16 with the windows down.

Other Thoughts: i had gone back and fourth to 7970 and 4gb 680 and though they both hold their own, AMD just dosnt seem to have their R and D or their prioritys in order.

both offer 3d, but good luck finding a monitor for the AMD side.
both have high VRAM, but it seems you can hit the wall real quick with 3gbs and high sample rates. power and cooling goes to nvidia, and in the end, your not going to have to downclock your 680 in SLI to keep the slave card cool. the 7970 CF setup would idle at 61c with all fans installed on my 810 switch.

Crucial M4 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast, Price (got this for $80 during newegg's summer deals), Customer support, more than enough space. Dosnt use the sandforce controller.

Cons: the price is still over a dollar per GB but its not a surprise really. firmware bug, but seems crucial is already working it, and believes they have a fix. no TRIM.

Other Thoughts: after you optomize your drives windows 7 shouldnt take up more than 15 gbs which gives you plenty of room to add some of your fav software to the SSD, highly recomend getting an additional storage device to store games and other software on.


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Display Name: joshua g.

Date Joined: 10/31/10

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  • First Review: 09/04/11
  • Last Review: 01/22/13
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