Gigabyte GTX680 SOC Review

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Gigabyte GTX680 SOC Review

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There is no doubt about what we have here, the Super Over Clock logo dominating an otherwise nicely understated box. Inside we're not overwhelmed with accessories, just the standard manual and driver we're used to seeing in every graphics card.

Gigabyte GTX680 SOC Review     Gigabyte GTX680 SOC Review  

The big news is the cooler. A gigantic triple-slot affair that is devoid of fans on the front but rather has five 40mm ones on the side. Considering that we all left such small fans back in the 90s it's extremely surprising to find them utilised here.

Gigabyte GTX680 SOC Review     Gigabyte GTX680 SOC Review  

The heatsink part of the card is as massive as you would expect. Not limited in size because of the need to have fans in their usual place, the heatsink is three slots deep. It's not only the depth of the card that is surprising. With the addition of the fans on the edge the whole thing is about the biggest GPU we've ever seen.

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As with all GTX680s the Gigabyte SOC is power hungry with two 8pin PCIe inputs keeping the Kepler GPU supplied with all the juice it needs. A rather hopeful two SLI fingers are available. With such an enormous card you haven't a hope of using both of them, unless you own some theoretical motherboard from the future. Finally we have a button to switch between the two available BIOS, so you can overclock to the limits, safe in the knowledge you have a stable one to fall back on.

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01-11-2012, 06:26:54

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...073551895l.jpg

With certainly the most unique cooler we've seen, it's time to review the GTX680 Super Over Clock from Gigabyte.


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01-11-2012, 06:54:17

Steenie
Well... that was underwhelming...

01-11-2012, 07:10:05

Dark NighT
Holy cow, that thing looks so weird.

Tom not interested in making a quick video looking the the card for a few minutes so we can all adore its rather strange looks?

01-11-2012, 07:13:29

SieB
480
Wow, just wow....

01-11-2012, 07:45:31

PetrolHead247
Lol i had a feeling as soon as the first pics were released of this awful looking GPU that it was gonna flop. No idea what Gigabyte were thinking, this is pretty pants

01-11-2012, 08:47:40

integratable
lolwut

03-11-2012, 15:54:27

badtaylorx
would have appriciated a "shit on" vid with this......(alla H2 nzxt)
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