ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

Useful consumer information no other site will tell you today – for boffins looking to dismantle their cards, you'll need a Torx T6 screwdriver to screw most of the screws.

P1050032 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

The GTX 680, stripped naked for your eyes only.

P1050015 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

Here we have the GK104 die, which measures 294mm2 and houses 3.5 billion odd transistors – slightly smaller the AMD's Tahiti XT (HD 7970). There is also a metal shim surrounding the die which is of the same height so no grief for custom heatsinks here.

P1050010 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

The same 256mb Hynix BGA module GDDR5 used in the 2012 Radeons, somebody's stock must be heading sky high.

P1050022 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

3+2 phase power circuitry (less than the 6+2 on the HD7970) for 195W TDP

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A software programmable 5-phase Richtek RT8802A buck controller is used (found behind)

P1040988 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

Two SLi connectors provide the opportunity for a 4-way dance. No dual bios switch here for consequence-free experimentation

P1050028 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

With the platic shroud taken off, we see a vapor chamber and blower design which is typical on high end boards.

P1040999 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

On the heatplate itself, there are sticky thermal tape for the VRMs and memory modules. Unfortunately we couldn't reach the centrifugal blower fan as the screws are under the tape which cannot be reapplied easily.

P1050012 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

No fancy heatpipes sticking out from the heatsink block (Vapor Chamber), just a copper base and thermal paste.

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Useful consumer information no other site will tell you today – for boffins looking to dismantle their cards, you'll need a Torx T6 screwdriver to screw most of the screws.

P1050032 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

The GTX 680, stripped naked for your eyes only.

P1050015 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

Here we have the GK104 die, which measures 294mm2 and houses 3.5 billion odd transistors – slightly smaller the AMD's Tahiti XT (HD 7970). There is also a metal shim surrounding the die which is of the same height so no grief for custom heatsinks here.

P1050010 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

The same 256mb Hynix BGA module GDDR5 used in the 2012 Radeons, somebody's stock must be heading sky high.

P1050022 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

3+2 phase power circuitry (less than the 6+2 on the HD7970) for 195W TDP

vrm ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

A software programmable 5-phase Richtek RT8802A buck controller is used (found behind)

P1040988 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

Two SLi connectors provide the opportunity for a 4-way dance. No dual bios switch here for consequence-free experimentation

P1050028 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

With the platic shroud taken off, we see a vapor chamber and blower design which is typical on high end boards.

P1040999 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

 

On the heatplate itself, there are sticky thermal tape for the VRMs and memory modules. Unfortunately we couldn't reach the centrifugal blower fan as the screws are under the tape which cannot be reapplied easily.

P1050012 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

No fancy heatpipes sticking out from the heatsink block (Vapor Chamber), just a copper base and thermal paste.

P1050003 ASUS GTX 680 2GB Overclocking Review: Win Some Lose Some

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