N680GTX Lightning

Overview

 

 

 Key Features

  • Unlocked Digital Power
    - Unlocked BIOS: One click to unlock all protections for extreme overclocking
    - Digital PWM Controller: More stable and precise voltage by digital signal
    - Enhanced Power Design: 2X Power output for maximum OC potential
  • GPU Reactor
    - An add-on device on the back of GTX 680 Lightning (Behind GPU) for the overclocking stability
    - Provide 200% higher power capacity and eliminate power noise (ripple)
  • Xtreme Thermal
    - Dust Removal technology on Twin Frozr IV keeps dust out for the best thermal condition
    - Dual Form-in-one Heatsinks provide better heat dissipation and strengthen the structure
  • Military Class III Components
    - Meet MIL-STD-810G standard to ensure the best stability and quality.
    - Adopt CopperMOS, Hi-c CAP, Golden SSC, and Dark Solid CAP


Video Output Function

  • Dual-link DVI-I x 1
  • Dual-link DVI-D x 1
  • DisplayPort x 1 (version 1.2)
  • HDMI x 1 (version 1.4a)

 
Bundle MSI developed driver and utilities

  • MSI Live Update Series(Live Graphics Card BIOS & Live Graphics Card Driver)
    Automatically online download & update Graphics Card BIOS & Drivers, reduce the risk of getting the wrong files, and never have the trouble on web site searching.
  • MSI Graphics Card Driver
  • MSI StarOSD
    StarOSD can monitor system information, adjust monitor figuration, and overclock system.
  • MSI Dual Core Center
  • MSI Live
    MSI Live including all real time life information you need, such as Live MSI Product News, Live Daily Information, Live Personal Schedule Manager, Live Search and more.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft® DirectX
  • Norton Internet Security™ 2008  60 days Trial
    -Blocks online identity theft by phishing Web sites
    -Detects and eliminates spyware
    -Removes viruses and Internet worms automatically
    -Protects against hackers

Product Accessories
 
 

 

   
MSI Reminds You...
• The accessories will probably be different according to the different selling areas of product models. For details of accessories, please refer to the descriptions on the product package.

MSI Reminds You...

  1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific Specification with your local dealers.
  2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

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Unlocked Digital Power

- Unlocked BIOS: One click to unlock all protections for extreme overclocking
- Digital PWM Controller: More stable and precise voltage by digital signal
- Enhanced Power Design: 2X Power output for maximum OC potential
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GPU Reactor

GPU Reactor is the MSI exclusive design for the overclocking stability. An add-on device on the back of graphics cards provide 200% higher power capacity and eliminate power noise (ripple).
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Twin Frozr IV Xtream Thermal

- Propeller Blade: It provides more 20% airflow to enforce thermal.
- Dust Removal technology: Keeping dust out for optimal cooling performance and best thermal condition.
- Dual Form-in-one Heatsinks: Providing better heat dissipation and strengthen the structure.
This extreme thermal is the best choice for gamer and OCer.

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Military Class III Components

MSI Graphics Card are the only one of meeting MIL-STD-810G standard. We adopt top components like Copper MOS, Hi-c CAP, Golden SSC, and Dark Solid CAP to ensure the best stability and quality. It brings perfect quality and longest lifetime to you.
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3X3 OC Kits

- Triple Overvoltage: adjust the voltage of GPU, memory and PLL to unleash the potential of graphics card.
- Triple Temp Monitor: Monitoring and controlling GPU/Memory/PLL condition at the same time.
- Enhanced PWM Design: Providing higher overclocking capability and better stability in peak load.
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Gold-Plated Connector

MSI Lighting graphics cards adopts Gold-Plated Connector to provide better signal transmission and rust protection. It can maximize display connectivity and expand lifetime of your graphics card.
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Afterburner

Afterburner co-development by MSI and Rivatuner, MSI releases the ultimate graphics card utility “Afterburner”. This utility enables all MSI graphics cards users to boost performance and to monitor all kinds of critical information in real-time. Afterburner is a completely free utility which is compatible with almost all MSI graphics cards.
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Live Update 5

This is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.
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PCI Express Gen 3 Standard

This advanced manufacturing technology reduces operating temperatures and improves performance, and when combined with the latest connectivity standard it can also deliver a staggering 32GB/s of bandwidth with compatible CPUs and motherboards, this means an even better gaming experience for gamers
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NVIDIA GPU Boost

Up until now, GPUs have operated at a fixed clock speed when playing 3D games, even if they have the potential to run faster. GPU Boost intelligently monitors graphics work load and increases the clock speed whenever possible. The result is that the GPU always performs at its peak and you get the highest frame rate possible.
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NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround

Nothing is as breathtaking as playing your favorite games across three monitors. At 5760 x 1080, the expanded field of view fully engages human peripheral vision and provides for the most immersive experience in racing and flight simulators. Add in a fourth display to keep tabs on chat, email or web while you are gaming.
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NVIDIA SLI Technology

Used by the most demanding gamers worldwide, SLI lets you link up to GeForce GTX series graphics cards together for astounding performance. And with NVIDIA's track record for fast and frequent software updates, you’ll not only get the best performance in existing games, but future games too.

Brief Specifications

Graphics Engine GeForce GTX 680
Interface PCI Express x16 3.0
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size(MB) 2048
Memory Interface 256 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz) 1110 (Boost Clock: 1176)
Memory Clock Speed(MHz) 6008 (3004x2)
DVI Output 2 (Dual-link DVI-I x 1, Dual-link DVI-D x 1)
HDMI-Output 1 (version 1.4a)
DisplayPort 1 (version 1.2)
HDCP Support Y
HDMI Support Y
Dual-link DVI Y
Display Output (Max Resolution) 2560x1600
RAMDACs 400
DirectX Version Support 11.1 API (feature level 11_0)
OpenGL Version Support 4.2
SLI Support Y
3-way SLI Y
Card Dimension(mm) 280x129x49.15 mm(w/ GPU Reactor)
Weight 1065g

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Awards

Gold - XtremeHardware
Date: 2013-00
Title: Gold
Review: >Open
Media: XtremeHardware
Country: Italy
msi-award
Date: 2013-00
Title: EDITOR'S CHIOCE
Review: -
Media: CHIP
Country: Indonesia
Dream Machine Award - NAG Magazine
Date: 2013-00
Title: Dream Machine Award
Review: -
Media: NAG Magazine
Country: South Africa
CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award Honorees - Consumer Electronics Association
Date: 2013-00
Title: CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award Honorees
Review: -
Media: Consumer Electronics Association
Country: United States
Editor's Choice Award - THEOverClocker
Date: 2013-00
Title: Editor's Choice Award
Review: >Open
Media: THEOverClocker
Country: United States
The Best Graphics card - T-break
Date: 2013-00
Title: The Best Graphics card
Review: >Open
Media: T-break
Country: UAE
Product of the Year 2012 - ITC.ua
Date: 2013-00
Title: Product of the Year 2012
Review: >Open
Media: ITC.ua
Country: Ukraine
Good Deal - Nordichardware
Date: 2012-00
Title: Good Deal
Review: >Open
Media: Nordichardware
Country: Sweden
Gold Award - KitGuru
Date: 2012-00
Title: Gold Award
Review: >Open
Media: KitGuru
Country: UK
Editor's Choice: Best product - Overclockers.ua
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor's Choice: Best product
Review: >Open
Media: Overclockers.ua
Country: Ukraine
Very Good - Tweakers.net
Date: 2012-00
Title: Very Good
Review: >Open
Media: Tweakers.net
Country: Netherlands
5 stars Award - Overclex.net
Date: 2012-00
Title: 5 stars Award
Review: >Open
Media: Overclex.net
Country: France
Approved - Overclocking
Date: 2012-00
Title: Approved
Review: >Open
Media: Overclocking
Country: France
Gold award - Hardware.Info
Date: 2012-00
Title: Gold award
Review: >Open
Media: Hardware.Info
Country: Netherlands
5 Satrs Award - Les Numeriques
Date: 2012-00
Title: 5 Satrs Award
Review: >Open
Media: Les Numeriques
Country: France
Gold award - Hardware.Info
Date: 2012-00
Title: Gold award
Review: >Open
Media: Hardware.Info
Country: Netherlands
Ultimate Innovation - XBitlabs.com
Date: 2012-00
Title: Ultimate Innovation
Review: >Open
Media: XBitlabs.com
Country: United States
Editor's Choice - ITC.ua
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor's Choice
Review: >Open
Media: ITC.ua
Country: Ukraine
CHIP TIP HOT - CHIP Magazine
Date: 2012-00
Title: CHIP TIP HOT
Review: -
Media: CHIP Magazine
Country: Indonesia
Gold Award - hwt.dk
Date: 2012-00
Title: Gold Award
Review: >Open
Media: hwt.dk
Country: Denmark
O/C Champion Award - VR-ZONE
Date: 2012-00
Title: O/C Champion Award
Review: >Open
Media: VR-ZONE
Country: Singapore
 The choice of overclockers - EasyCOM.com.
Date: 2012-00
Title: The choice of overclockers
Review: >Open
Media: EasyCOM.com.
Country: Ukraine
High Performance - EasyCOM.com.ua
Date: 2012-00
Title: High Performance
Review: >Open
Media: EasyCOM.com.ua
Country: Ukraine
PLATINUM AWARD - Professional Review
Date: 2012-00
Title: PLATINUM AWARD
Review: >Open
Media: Professional Review
Country: Spain
Silver Tachometer Award - BenchmarkReviews.com
Date: 2012-00
Title: Silver Tachometer Award
Review: >Open
Media: BenchmarkReviews.com
Country: United States
Approved Award - Overclockers.com
Date: 2012-00
Title: Approved Award
Review: >Open
Media: Overclockers.com
Country: United States
Gold Award - HardOCP.com
Date: 2012-00
Title: Gold Award
Review: >Open
Media: HardOCP.com
Country: United States
Dam Good Award - Hardware Canucks
Date: 2012-00
Title: Dam Good Award
Review: >Open
Media: Hardware Canucks
Country: Canada
Editor's Choice - Eteknix
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor's Choice
Review: >Open
Media: Eteknix
Country: UK
Editors choice - Tbreak
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editors choice
Review: >Open
Media: Tbreak
Country: Ukraine
Editors Choice Award - Tweak Town
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editors Choice Award
Review: >Open
Media: Tweak Town
Country: Australia

BIOS

DOS

!Attention:

Users who download BIOS from here (not using Live Update) should use the flash utility included in the downloaded compressed file when doing the BIOS update. To avoid BIOS update failure, please do not use older versions of the update utility or utilities not provided by MSI.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI N680GTX Lightning Legacy Bios For LN2
Description
Version 1.40
Type BIOS Release Date 2012-10-17
Download download File Size 0.46 MB
OS DOS
Note This bios is used to solve motherboard compatible issue. If your card is Hybrid bios and face this issue, please use above tool to update your bios under DOS.
MSI N680GTX Lightning Legacy Bios
Description
Version 1.30
Type BIOS Release Date 2012-10-17
Download download File Size 0.46 MB
OS DOS
Note This bios is used to solve motherboard compatible issue. If your card is Hybrid bios and face this issue, please use above tool to update your bios under DOS.

Driver

Win8 64,Win8 32,Win7 64,Win7 32,XP 64,XP 32

!Special Note:

The Drivers provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI Graphics Driver 306.81
Description
Version 306.81
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-10-31
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 147.82 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 306.81
Description
Version 306.81
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-10-31
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 183.18 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 306.97
Description
Version 306.97
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-10-31
OS Win8 32, Win7 32
Download download File Size 169.45 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 306.97
Description
Version 306.97
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-10-31
OS Win8 64, Win7 64
Download download File Size 216.85 MB
Note

Utility

Win8.1 64,Win8.1 32,Win8 64,Win8 32,Win7 64,Win7 32,Vista 64,Vista 32,XP 64,XP 32

!Special Note:

The Utilities provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI Live Update 5
Description • Online update BIOS/Driver/Firmware/Utility.
• Live Monitor auto-detects and suggests the latest BIOS/Driver/Utilities information.
Version 5.0.115
Type Utility Release Date 2014-04-03
OS Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, Vista 64, Vista 32, XP 64, XP 32
Download download File Size 9.64 MB
Note
MSI Afterburner
Description MSI's own "Afterburner" software is currently the most powerful graphics card overclocking software available. Aside from the basic frequency adjustment and system monitor, this software allows the user to adjust the voltage for the GPU. This important feature saves all the hassle of having to adjust the circuit board in order to provide a higher voltage to the GPU. Additionally, the software's automatic fan speed control has received a lot of praise from enthusiasts all over the world. With MSI's "Afterburner", the decision to run the fan quietly or for high-performance is in your hands!
Version 2.3.1
Type Utility Release Date 2013-06-07
OS Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, Vista 64, Vista 32, XP 64, XP 32
Download download File Size 21.93 MB
Note

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