MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning 2GB GDDR5 PCIe N680GTX-Lightning

  • MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning 2GB GDDR5 PCIe N680GTX-Lightning
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Based on 10 scores, 41 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    7
  • Good:
    2
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Custom PCB with enhanced power circuitry, Best performance I've ever seen from a single GPU, Auto dust removal feature keeps fans and cooling fins clean, Very quiet, even under heavy load, Can support 3 monitors in NV Surround, plus one additional monitor, Voltage test points and unlocked BIOS for serious overclockers,...
  • Well designed card with highend components, massive heatsink keeps it cool and impressively quiet, and a lot of potential for overclocking.
  • Large performance increase, Overclocked out of the box, Quiet, Excellent GPU overclocking potential, Software voltage control & monitoring, Low temperatures, Voltage measuring points, Dual BIOS, Up to four active displays now, makes surround possible with one card, Support for PCIExpress 3.0 and DirectX 11.1, Support for CUDA and PhysX...

Cons:

  • Somewhat garish appearance, Very expensive, Required overclocking utility not yet available, Poor value in its current form
  • Custom design is very big compared to reference Nvidia design.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Kitguru.net on 90

Many people will be heading into 2013 with plans of upgrading their system. MSI sent us their capable, but competitively priced Z77A-G45 Z77 motherboard and we are pairing it up with the monster Lightning GTX680 graphics card. We test a system...

By uk.hardware.info on

Late March Nvidia introduced its latest flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 680. By now a number of cards have been released that are based on Nvidia's reference design. Hardware.Info compared seven models to find out which one is the best buy. In...

By X-bit Labs on

The MSI N680GTX Lightning is one of the fastest single-GPU graphics card available today. It has a high GPU clock rate by default and can also be overclocked further. The Military III certification of the card refers to the use of expensive and...

By uk.hardware.info on

MSI did it again. With the N680GTX Lightning they have created the best GeForce GTX 680 graphics card for overclockers, but more than ever it's best suited for seasoned overclockers. Thanks to Nvidia's strange decision, the standard BIOS limits this...

By Hardware Canucks on

MSI’s GTX 680 Lightning is built for overclockers, this market’s elitists who demand top tier parts and won’t settle for anything less. In this respect, it succeeds spectacularly and we’d even go so far as to say that it is one of the best cards that...

By VR-Zone on 85

Introduction We love it when a new MSI Lightning card hits our desk. The GTX 680 Lightning is the latest addition to the highly regarded range that MSI reserves for the highest end GPU's from the AMD and Nvidia ranges. Without even opening the box we...

By HardOCP on

Microstar International (MSI) is a Taiwan-based computer hardware manufacturer founded in 1986. Primarily a designer and manufacturer of PC motherboards, MSI has expanded its business into barebones PCs, servers and workstations, communications devices,...

By Guru of 3D on

MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning Software Voltage control overclocking In this quick article I wanted to give a little insight on the MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning versus Software Voltage control overclocking. For a while now lots of people have been...

By overclockers.com on

Overall MSI has put out another great product in its Lightning series using Nvidia's new Kepler architecture. The differences in board design such as increased power phases allowing more and cleaner power to get to the GPU, voltage read points, the GPU...

By Benchmark Reviews on 88

section above, it's frustrating not being able to push a new card to its limits, which is especially critical when evaluating and expensive, high-end custom card like this one. MSI's Lightning. If you're willing to take a bet that the card will live...

By Expreview on

In terms of materials and workmanship, MSI GTX 680 Lightning is definitely superior, its 8+3+1 phase power design coupled with the third generation military class material and delicate work, stands for the value of flagship graphics card. Moreover,...

By eTeknix on

Recently we've seen more and more GeForce GTX 680′s cropping up on the market, especially in a custom way, in terms of factory overclocks and unique cooling solutions, and now we see MSI doing the same, but on an extreme scale. Computex 2012 showed us a...

By tbreak.ae on 90

At $600 the MSI N680GTX Lightning is one of the most expensive air cooled GTX 680 graphics card on the market, but it’s also the quietest and arguably the coolest of the bunch. The wealth of overclocking headroom provided on this custom GTX 680 is...

By Guru of 3D on

All hail Megatron -- well seriously it's the first thing that went through my mind while looking at the GeForce GTX 680 Lightning from MSI today. A beast of a graphics card that breathes power to show its performance. Fast and furious are another the...

By techPowerUp! on 98

MSI has sucessfully taken the already great NVIDIA GTX 680 reference design and improved on it to give it that unique Lightning touch. Thanks to a large overclock out of the box the card is one of the fastest GTX 680 cards currently available. Its 100...

International Review By PC-Welt.de on

Oberklasse-Grafikkarten sind vor allem eins: brutal teuer, ab knapp 400 Euro sind Sie dabei. Aktuell müssen Sie allerhöchstens 200 Euro ausgeben, um so ziemlich alle aktuellen Games in vollsten Details und in Full-HD zocken zu können. Doch die Käufer von...

International Review By PC-Welt.de on

Die Geforce GTX 680 Lightning von MSI visiert die anspruchsvolle Zielgruppe der Overclocker an. Und die Grafikkarte könnte eine gute Wahl sein: Ab Werk ist das Geräte-BIOS bereits entsperrt, es stehen mehr Stromphasen als bei der Referenz zur Verfügung...

International Review By Tweak.dk on 84

Det har været en fornøjelse at teste MSI GeForce GTX680 Lightning 2GB. Kortet er det ypperste MSI kan lave, og det må siges, at de har gjort arbejdet godt. De har lavet et kort, der næsten slår alle andre i alle tests, og så med en køleløsning, der er...

International Review By NordicHardware on

För spelare på jakt efter fin grafik och maximal spelinlevelse är det på grafikkortet man bör lägga merparten av sina julklappspengar. Vi har testat 11 av de kraftfullaste grafikkorten på marknaden och plockat fram de riktiga guldkornen. AMD och...

International Review By hardzone.es on

Esta nueva MSI GTX680 Lightning ha demostrado ser una bestia, dejando muy atrás a todas sus competidoras en todos y cada uno de los tests a los que ha sido sometida Hay que tener en cuenta que estamos hablando de una tarjeta gráfica muy cara (unos...