Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce Review

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Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce Review

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It's clear that the Windforce cooler is designed with performance rather than aesthetics in mind, being as little plastic as Gigabyte can get away with the keep the fans in place and little more. But we cannot deny that the vision of a tri-fan card all ready to keep the card cool does get us watering at the mouth a little.

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Blue PCBs are an acquired taste and whilst we'd expect no other colour from the company who are almost synonymous with blue, it still makes for a huge clash on your internals unless you're built around the blue colour scheme. The cooler is replete with an enormous amount of fins that should help ensure good airflow and heat dissipation.

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At the business end of the card we find both sides of the coin of expectation. The outputs are as normal with two DVIs, a DisplayPort and an HDMI. However, this custom PCB equipped card has an 8+6pin power arrangement rather than the stacked 6+6pin affair we saw on both the reference nVidia card and highly overclocked Zotac AMP! cards.

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Most Recent Comments

14-05-2012, 10:40:26

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

14-05-2012, 10:42:03

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 coolingQuote

14-05-2012, 10:44:09

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.Quote

14-05-2012, 11:25:30

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

14-05-2012, 12:25:34

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

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