Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce Review 

Introduction

Last time we saw the Windforce cooler from Gigabyte it was as part of the GTX560Ti 448 Core Edition. Back then we found it to be extraordinarily quiet, as well as great at keeping the card cool. So it's not a surprise to find Gigabyte sticking with their Windforce cooler for their take upon the nVidia GTX680.

By now we all know what to expect from the current single-GPU crown in the nVidia line-up, so rather than take up your time with some exposition we shall dive straight in to the good stuff. So put down your daily paper with the report of the weekends Premier League fun and settle in to see what the Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce has to offer.

Technical Specifications

The base clock gets a little boost up from the 1006MHz of the standard card, but the biggest gain is the boost clock which has been increased from 1058MHz to 1137MHz. The Memory stays the same as the default card though, so it will be interesting to see how it compares to the excellent performance we saw from the Zotac AMP!

ChipsetGeForce GTX 680
PCB FormATX
Core ClockBase clock: 1071 MHz / Boost clock: 1137 MHz
Shader ClockN/A
Memory Clock6008 MHz
Process Technology28 nm
Memory Size2048MB
Memory Bus256 bit
Card BusPCI-E 3.0
Memory TypeGDDR5
DirectX11
OpenGL4.2
I/OHDMI * 1
DVI-I * 1
DVI-D*1
DisplayPort *1
Digital max resolution2560 x 1600
Analog max resolution2048 x 1536
Multi-view4
ToolsN/A
Card sizeH=38 mm, L=285 mm, W=126 mm
Power requirement550 W

 

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Most Recent Comments

14-05-2012, 05:52:38

tinytomlogan


Gigabyte have applied their excellent Windforce cooler to the already great GTX680. A sure thing?

Continue Reading

14-05-2012, 06:40:26

Excalabur50
What a shame about this card and the 580 was such a monster too!

14-05-2012, 06:42:03

Stylazation
so in theory not the exact bang for the bucks there . love the cooling and temps of this card where u pay a lil for such cooling

14-05-2012, 06:44:09

SieB
Looks like Gigabyte failed with their windforce 680, i'm not a fan of the windforce cards as it is but this is definitely one to avoid compared to the other versions.

14-05-2012, 07:25:30

Rastalovich
Weird to me that it performs less than a reference sometimes, even oc'd.

14-05-2012, 08:25:34

ArjenIsM3
I just can't get my head around the fac t that they still use a blue PCB. Fugly imho.

15-05-2012, 19:19:23

MaXiMiZe
Utterly disappointed

16-05-2012, 12:16:24

DB006
What AMD driver did you use Tom?

16-05-2012, 15:46:11

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by DB006 View Post

What AMD driver did you use Tom?
Oh u

Is strange though because everywhere else this card performed well.

18-05-2012, 00:10:03

doubleton
love the cooling and temps of this card where u pay a lil for such cooling
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