Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce Review

Test Setup

Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce
ForceWare 300.99
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair AX1200W
Corsair GTX8
Corsair H100
Noctua NF-F12 Fans
Windows 7 Ultimate x64


Of course with all this power available to us, and the cooling power of the Windforce keeping everything stable, we can really see what the card is capable of. Despite having a mild overclock out of the box we increased it all the way up to 1139MHz base clock and 1204MHz boost clock. Only a shade lower than the Zotac AMP! and certainly enough to hopefully give us some good results.

Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce Review  


The $64000 question though is, does that cooler really keep things frosty? When the card is idle it certainly does, being right down at 24°C, but once the card is stressed the temperatures do creep up, ending up 5° and 10° warmer than the Zotac AMP!. It's worth noting that by any yardstick the card is phenomenally quiet. Ridiculously so considering the amount of fans whirring away. You're very much balancing heat and noise at all times and the Gigabyte falls clearly on the quiet side of the fence.


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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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