Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: To put it simply, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock is a beast of graphics card. In fact, it is one of the fastest single-GPU powered graphics cards we have ever tested. The card's increased GPU and memory frequencies give it a significant performance advantage over reference GeForce GTX 680s in many circumstances. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock also outperforms a reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition more often than not, although the similarly monolithic and factory-overclocked ASUS Matrix Radeon HD 7970 Platinum outpaced the GTX 680 at higher resolutions.
Fully custom high-end graphics cards usually command a hefty premium. In the case of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock, that is true to an extent, but this monster is actually priced competitively; as of this writing, this card can be had for $479 after rebate (regular price: $509). Considering the fact that much lower-clocked reference GeForce GTX 680 cards sell for about $459 currently, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock is priced pretty well. If you don't mind the triple-slot cooler and the associated sacrifices that come with it, this card is absolutely worth the extra twenty bucks. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock also proved to be a decent overclocker, it runs much cooler than reference models, and it's clearly more power efficient than competing Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition cards. Although we could do without the high-pitched whine emitted from the card's cooling fans when under load, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super OverClock is one heck of an awesome graphics card that's sure to turn some heads if you stick this monster in a windowed system.