GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

Software (Gigabyte's OC Guru tool)

Although similar in functionality to other brand's overclocking utilities, we don't agree on the wasteful (touch screen-ish) layout or lack of manual keyboard input (mouse only) for the adjustable values. The TDP/board power limit on this 5-phase board is restricted to a meagre 111% (which brings it to 250W from 225W programmed in the VGA BIOS), marginally higher than 4-phase reference designs. Core voltage, which is currently done through a driver interface rather than hardware control, cannot be adjusted by software means either.

guru1 GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

Automated VGA Bios and driver update facilities are also available.

guru2 GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

Thermals / Overclocking

 

Methodology: We set the fans to 100% (strangely the sliders will only let us apply 85%) and looped Unigine Heaven 3.0 on extreme settings for 10 minutes and took the maximum temperature from the ondie sensor. Ambient temperature was 18 degrees.
 

To prevent GPU Boost (NVIDIA's adaptive throttling mechanism to cheat in benchmarks) from interfering with the clocks, we need to change this setting in the Nvidia Control Panel.

throttleprevent GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

Default settings: 57 degree celsius

stocktemps GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

Overclocked (1288/1552MHz): 60 degree celsius

octemps GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

 

Test Setup

 GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4817MHz 1.52v
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (Bios 1103)
Memory: G.Skills ARES 2133Mhz DDR3 16GB Kit
Power Supply: Antec True Quattro Pro 1200W
Storage: Intel 520 series 250GB SSD
Graphics Cards / Drivers:

301.25

GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB

 

300.99 drivers:

NVIDIA Reference GTX680

 

296.10 WHQL drivers:

ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II 1.5GB

 

8.960 beta drivers:

MSI R7970 Lightning 3GB

AMD Reference Radeon HD 7970 3GB

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC Edition

AMD Reference Radeon HD 7870 2GB

ASUS HD6970 DirectCU II 2GB

 

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Software (Gigabyte's OC Guru tool)

Although similar in functionality to other brand's overclocking utilities, we don't agree on the wasteful (touch screen-ish) layout or lack of manual keyboard input (mouse only) for the adjustable values. The TDP/board power limit on this 5-phase board is restricted to a meagre 111% (which brings it to 250W from 225W programmed in the VGA BIOS), marginally higher than 4-phase reference designs. Core voltage, which is currently done through a driver interface rather than hardware control, cannot be adjusted by software means either.

guru1 GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

Automated VGA Bios and driver update facilities are also available.

guru2 GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

Thermals / Overclocking

 

Methodology: We set the fans to 100% (strangely the sliders will only let us apply 85%) and looped Unigine Heaven 3.0 on extreme settings for 10 minutes and took the maximum temperature from the ondie sensor. Ambient temperature was 18 degrees.
 

To prevent GPU Boost (NVIDIA's adaptive throttling mechanism to cheat in benchmarks) from interfering with the clocks, we need to change this setting in the Nvidia Control Panel.

throttleprevent GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

Default settings: 57 degree celsius

stocktemps GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

Overclocked (1288/1552MHz): 60 degree celsius

octemps GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

 

Test Setup

 GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB Review

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4817MHz 1.52v
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (Bios 1103)
Memory: G.Skills ARES 2133Mhz DDR3 16GB Kit
Power Supply: Antec True Quattro Pro 1200W
Storage: Intel 520 series 250GB SSD
Graphics Cards / Drivers:

301.25

GIGABYTE GTX 680 OC WindForce 3X 2GB

 

300.99 drivers:

NVIDIA Reference GTX680

 

296.10 WHQL drivers:

ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II 1.5GB

 

8.960 beta drivers:

MSI R7970 Lightning 3GB

AMD Reference Radeon HD 7970 3GB

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC Edition

AMD Reference Radeon HD 7870 2GB

ASUS HD6970 DirectCU II 2GB

 

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