Zotac GTX680 SLI Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Zotac GTX680 SLI Review


Having seen that the GTX680 and the HD7970 are matching each other blow for blow, we of course have to see how the scaling performs in multi-card scenarios.

As one would expect at release time cards are thin on the ground and so although we can't bring you our full Overkill3D style Quad results, we have been able to get a couple of cards together to see how the new Kepler handles itself in SLI.

For this we of course have to thank our good friends at Zotac who always come through when we need them. Because the current wave of cards are still all reference models we've paired it up with our earlier reference card. So it's a bit mix and match, but beneath the stickers they're all identical anyway. 

So enough preamble and on with the testing.

Technical Specifications

Being a reference model the only differences are in the bundle that you get along with the card and Zotac shine once again with an excellent set of adaptors and games for your new card. It's nice to see something other than Dirt 3 being included to be honest.

Model ZT-60601-10P
Interface PCI Express 3.0* x16 (Compatible with 1.1)
Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA®
GPU GeForce® GTX 680
Core clock 1006 MHz (base) - 1058 MHz (boost)
Stream Processors 1536
Shader Clock 2012 MHz
Memory Clock 6008 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Type DDR5
DirectX DirectX® 11
OpenGL OpenGL® 4.2
VGA (With included DVI-to-VGA adapter)
Tuner None
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
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
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Most Recent Comments

30-03-2012, 10:14:04

Nice review as always and it's still nice to see the brands evenly matched It's been awhile and as you have said many times in your reviews it don't matter which camp you want they are both as good as each other if you want Nvidia go that way if you want AMD go that way it great to see.Quote

30-03-2012, 13:01:07

Some decent performance, I love how cool these 680s run as well, the fan doesn't even spin up much so they are also quiet. The scaling is bound to improve with new drivers as well, hopefully to around 80%+.

Now, where can I steal a pair of these cards form Quote

30-03-2012, 13:44:50

I don't understand the CPU limited quote, and I'll be glad when those oc-bench-score-being-slower-than-the-stock-card disappear off the comparison charts. Both the bios numbers the same on these ? (should be easy to see on the stickers)Quote

30-03-2012, 13:47:35

Really nice review as always Tom. Not too impressed with the temps tbh. 77 C on an open test bench seems too hot imo, but since the fans don't really spin up making the cards uber quiet, it's a reasonable compromise.Quote

30-03-2012, 17:09:00

just imagine the fan power needed to cool these in a closed case ????Quote

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