Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock Review - HotHardware

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock Review

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1866 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings and disable any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's X.M.P. profile was enabled to ensure better-than-stock performance and the hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist along with the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-3960X
(3.3GHz, Six-Core)
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
(Intel X79 Express)

Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
GeForce GTX 680
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 SOC
Asus Matrix 7970 Platinum Edition

Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
AMD Catalyst v12.11B
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v370.10

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v3
3DMark 11
Batman: Arkham City
Hitman: Absolution
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Sleeping Dogs
F1 2012

Unigine Heaven v3.0 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven v3.0

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v3.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion). It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock dominated the Unigine Heaven benchmark. In terms of framerate and the overall score, this card put up the best numbers by a significant margin, thanks to its higher clocked GPU and memory.

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I had to look this one up Marco. Thanks for the new word.

I like this video card and it has some very impressive performance.

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Killer card, for sure. :) And thank Seth for the word--I had used it in the original text, but spelled it wrong. Seth fixed it while proofing. HAHAHA!

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Giggity, giggity.

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Was it too much trouble retesting the 7970 ghz with the latest drivers for a more accurate up to date comparison?

Being 1 or 2 drivers behind is understandable but 13.2 beta 4 is the latest.

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The 13.2 betas landed 2 days before this article was published.

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would like to see the review updated with the new drivers for both brands... from what i know... Radeons are currently offering higher performance... tested a HD7970 (none ghz on 13.3 drivers and at 1080p with physicx set to high ( i know its nvidia's gig) and a Overclocked i5 2500k... was giving a fairly decent 38fps...thats not bad considering u have physicx on...

as of time of writing... AMD Radion hd7970 and ghz edition are faster than nvidia's offering in GTX 680:P

well TITAN is another story but if u want to put in a 1k buck card in your system y not spend a little higher and get 2x sapphire hd7970ghz toxic or...even better for 800 u can get 2x hd7970ghz royal ace from club3d...

the club 3d royal ace i tested was the fastest single gpu card on my bench before the arrival of the titan

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would love a giveaway with one of these

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Very nice review. Good to see Nvidia and AMD are staying competitive and the manufactures are coming up with different ways to make these cards.

That and depending on what it is now but $479 is a really good price considering the power you are getting.


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