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EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2680-KR
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I'm sure as you read this review there may have been tears shed, hair pulled out, foreheads banged against hard surfaces, screams and curses uttered, more tears, frustration, and exhaustion only to realize that you're still contemplating between the GTX 680 and the infamous 7970.
Being an owner of a XFX Dual Dissipation Black Edition 7970 Factory OCed to 1000M (currently the fastest 7970), I was skeptical of purchasing a GTX 680 due to numerous rumors that claim they have similar performances. Being a compulsive shopper I bought it. I ran many tests and here's what I found:
After comparing benchmarks with both cards on 3DMark and Heaven, the GTX 680 and 7970 traded blows with each other. Keep in my mind that my 7970 is faster than the reference 7970s. In games such as Battlefield 3, the GTX 680 performed faster by 5-12% in terms of FPS on 2560x1440 resolution with Maxed Ultra settings 0xAA. If you have a monitor with 1920x1080 or 1680x1080, you'll see a 20-35% gain in performance on Maxed Ultra settings 0xAA (as proven by popular websites such as hardcanuck, overclock.net etc). I was afraid the 680's 2GB VRAM was insufficient to render so many pixels on a 2560x1440 (just like how many GTX 580 1.5GB users experienced on this resolution which is why they released a 3GB version), but to my surprise it did a fine job and still gained lead over the 7970 by 5-10%. I won't go into too much details since there are TONS of respected websites that do, but I hope this preview from a consumer, like yourself, gives you a good idea of how the GTX 680 performs.
Having read through so many GTX 680 reviews, it all comes down to asking who is the real winner here? On a clock to clock basis, they trade blows with each other.Read more ›
Anyway, more about the card.
This thing is huge! Significantly larger than my old GTX 560 Ti (which died on me and had RMA'ed). Performance-wise, the card pushes most games out today at Ultra. It easily gets 80-100 fps in Battlefield 3. Most of the time I have it set with V-Sync turned on, though, so it uses less power and runs cooler. The GPU overclocks like a beast, too. Got it running at around 1227 MHz stable on my first try. I reckon I can push it much further than that, but it seems unnecessary at this time.
Temperature-wise, the stock cooler on this card surprisingly performs really well. It runs much cooler than my GTX 560 Ti, which used to run at 85C. The stock cooler is really silent on idle up until the 75% mark. By the time you reach the 85% (max) fan speed, the card's fan gets fairly loud.
One thing to note, though: When overclocking, this card will start to slightly downclock the GPU core once the temperature hits 70C, which is fairly peculiar since 70 degrees is practically cool enough for a GPU. This is one more reason why I won't tinker with the Power Target just yet until my GTX 680 Backplate & High-flow bracket arrives (as increasing voltages would increase temps).
But on stock GPU clocks, I've got it barely hitting 65C with a slightly more aggressive fan curve (which is variable in EVGA Precision X).Read more ›
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Still holding up strong after 2 years. I will buy EVGA for my next card.Published 8 months ago by Just Joe
Card looks good. But kind of dusty. Need to clean it by myself. No cable for my desktop.Published 17 months ago by Yi Xu
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I think EVGA does things right when it comes to electronics and customer satisfaction. This is a great card and I bought two to keep my framrates up in SLI. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Kjohnson