Overclocked Gigabyte WindForce GTX 680 GPU Pictured

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2012 - 08:19 PM |
Tagged: windforce, overclock, nvidia, gtx 680, gpu, gigabyte, custom gtx 680

Popular motherboard manufacturer Gigabyte is the latest company to debut a custom version of the NVIDIA GTX 680 reference graphics card. Gigabyte’s unique take on the GTX 680 starts off with a custom dark blue PCB and ripping out the puny two six pin PCI-E power connectors. They are then replaced with one eight pin and one six pin PCI-E power connector. Then, they top it off with a custom three fan cooler. The heatsink uses three copper heatpipes with direct contact with the GPU, and two arrays of aluminum fins.

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The cooler and blue PCB via VR-Zone

The extra power provided by the eight pin PCI-E connector allows for potentially higher overclocks (depending on the particular chips), and the custom cooler keeps the overclocked card nice and cool. In fact, Gigabyte is shipping the card with a factory overclock. Although they did not overclock the 2 GB of GDDR5 memory from stock, they have set the base clock frequency and boost frequency at 1071 MHz and 1124 MHz boost respectively. Compared to the reference specs of 1006 MHz base and 1058 MHz boost, that amounts to a respectable 65 MHz base overclock and 66 MHz boost overclock out of the box. Further, depending on the chip, they may be capable of overclocking much higher.

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The assembled card showing the video outputs via Guru3D

So long as you can find one in stock, the NVIDIA GTX 680 GPU is shaping up to be an interesting card, especially the custom versions! More photos of the previewed Gigabyte GTX 680 WindForce edition is available here and here.

Source: Guru3D
April 6, 2012 | 10:43 AM - Posted by Ss3trnks2

Here come the big boy's with their custom PCB's and Coolers, taking an already fabulous card and making it that much better, can't wait to see the MSI Twin Frozr # and Asus variants too! This is the most excited i've been for a Graphics card in quite some time! :)

April 6, 2012 | 04:43 PM - Posted by soldierguy

Looking nice/if I have the cash-thinking of jumping ship from AMD5870's in Crossfire..Had so many problems with their drivers..at least I have. Or I "think" its their drivers. Been chasing occasional-twice weekly--system black/blue screen Error 41. Swapped a lot of parts and tested too..still can't solve it..Kinda "believing" its my gpu's, but I may be wrong.

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