P1010025small Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB meets Subzero Ivy Bridge 3770K

We've been covering the GTX 680 since day one with our reviews of several different cards. Today we're doing something a little different. We're going to have a look at the competitive scene benchmarking performance of the GTX 680 using a cascade cooled Ivy Bridge i7-3770K on an ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe. Zotac have kindly provided a sample for our benchmarking.

Introduction

It's coming up to two months since the launch of Nvidia's GTX 680. You can check out our launch coverage here. We've also looked at some non reference models. Today we're doing something a bit different. Instead of an orthodox GPU review, we'll run through the traditional overclockers 3D benchmarks using a Zotac GTX 680 with a heavily overclocked cascade cooled 3770K to see how it does.

First up, we'll take a look at the GTX 680 Zotac kindly provided for our article.

P1010022 Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB meets Subzero Ivy Bridge 3770K

The Zotac GTX 680 comes with a nice bundle of extras. In addition to common accessories such as DVI-VGA adapter, molex to 6pin PCIe connectors, manual and driver, Zotac have included full versions of three Assassins Creed games, a three day Trackmania pass and additional software utilities.

P1010032 Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB meets Subzero Ivy Bridge 3770K

P1010025 Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB meets Subzero Ivy Bridge 3770K

P1010028 Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB meets Subzero Ivy Bridge 3770K

 

 

The card is a standard reference model, with 1536 Shader processors clocked at 1006 Mhz  (base) to 1056Mhz (boost). The 2Gb of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 6008 Mhz effective. The full specifications of the card are seen below.

 

Model

   

Model

ZT-60101-10P

Interface

   

Interface

PCI Express 3.0* x16 (Compatible with 1.1)

Chipset

   

Chipset Manufacturer

NVIDIA®

   

GPU

GeForce® GTX 680

   

Core clock

1006 MHz (base) – 1058 MHz (boost)

   

Stream Processors

1536

   

Shader Clock

na

Memory

   

Memory Clock

6008 MHz

   

Memory Size

2 GB

   

Memory Interface

256-bit

   

Memory Type

DDR5

3D API

   

DirectX

DirectX® 11

   

OpenGL

OpenGL® 4.2

Ports

   

DVI

2 (DVI-I and DVI-D)

   

HDMI-Ports

1

   

DisplayPort-Ports

1

   

VGA

(With included DVI-to-VGA adapter)

General

   

Tuner

None

   

RAMDAC

400 MHz

   

Max Resolution

2560 x 1600

   

RoHS Compliant

Yes

   

SLI Supported

Yes (3-way)

   

Cooler

With fan (dual-slot)

   

Dual-Link DVI Supported

Yes

   

Windows® 7 Capability

Certified for Windows® 7 with DirectCompute support

Packaging

   

Package Contents

Driver Disk
User Manual
DVI-to-VGA adapter
2 x Dual MOLEX to 6-pin PCIe power cable
TrackMania 2 Canyon 3-Day Game Pass

   

Game Bundle

ZOTAC Assassin’s Creed® 3-Game Pack