Which 680 should I buy?


Dec 18, 2011
Like the queston states... Which 680 to buy?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768 469.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130771 469.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127672 469.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500238 469.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127698&Tpk=680%20pe 479.99 (which is what I was looking for)

Planning for the future to upgrade and maybe go 2 of these cards

Processor - i7 3770k
Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel
Power Supply - 750w Gold Seasonic t1 modular Power supply
GPU - See thread here :D
Case - Haf 922
16 gb ddr3 corsair vengence 1600mhz
1tb Segate 7200 rpm HDD
128gb crucial m4 ssd


Dec 18, 2011

whats the difference between the twinfrozr and lightning , Because i know the twin frorzr is nice and cool and my room is reallyhot with no ac
The lightning using version 4 of the twin frozr versus the 3 that the normal one uses. Essentially you are paying for the revised version which tends to perform better. I guess the real question is what do you value is how I would go at which one to purchase. I really like what MSI is doing with there cards with starting up a computer and then having the fans run in reverse to blow out the dust from the card. The only thing that has kept me from them is the unfavorable article that went out against there power edition cards with the 670 series and the 660 series. But that being said they make amazing cards.

1. Performance (ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE)
2. Cooling (ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE)
3. Company Support (EVGA)

The lightning can overclock a little better than the twinfrozr, the twinfrozr is also a good one, overclocks well and has the best cooling/temperatures, if you don't feel like paying much get the twinfrozr.
But if you don't have a case with good airflow and your planning to do SLI, i'd get a card with blower style cooler, like the 680 gtx Evga FTW or superclock.
Well firstly you have a HAF 922. Which on its own gets amazing air flow. What do you use for your cpu cooler? Do you use a aftermarket cooler. Any of the aftermarket coolers you've listed are decent the twin frozr is really good and quiet same goes with the asus and gigabyte solutions with there windforce cooler. I don't like the blower cards because it leaves the VRM typically very hot and you don't really get that from the aftermarket cards. But Like I said you have a HAF 922 (HIGH AIR FLOW 922) so I don't think that should be an issue if you are using that to your advantage the 200mm fan on the side and the top.
4 stars ? you mean for 4 egg ? lol, that doesn't mean a thing.
The 680 gtx lightning has 4 eggs, and most of the cards have 4 eggs, cause of the uninformed consumer or some package that come damaged, most people who buy and are satisfied they don't post on the site.
That's not a classification for performance of the cards nor for it's quality.
The two are good ones, i thought you wanted only 680 gtx, usually i tell to go for a 670 gtx cause it's much less expensive and about the same performance.
In terms of price/performance the 670 gtx is better value.
There's the 670 gtx evga FTW and FTW signature.