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.
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.
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.
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.
PCI Express 3.0* x16 (Compatible with 1.1)
GeForce® GTX 680
1006 MHz (base) – 1058 MHz (boost)
2 (DVI-I and DVI-D)
(With included DVI-to-VGA adapter)
2560 x 1600
With fan (dual-slot)
Dual-Link DVI Supported
Windows® 7 Capability
Certified for Windows® 7 with DirectCompute support
ZOTAC Assassin’s Creed® 3-Game Pack