The Test

For our review of the GTX 680 Classified we’re using NVIDIA’s latest beta drivers, 304.79. These drives have no appreciable difference over the previous 304.42 drivers beyond some simple bug fixes.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.3GHz
Motherboard: EVGA X79 SLI
Chipset Drivers: Intel 9.​2.​3.​1022
Power Supply: Antec True Power Quattro 1200
Hard Disk: Samsung 470 (256GB)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1867 4 x 4GB (8-10-9-26)
Case: Thermaltake Spedo Advance
Monitor: Samsung 305T
Asus PA246Q
Video Cards: AMD Radeon HD 6970
AMD Radeon HD 7950
AMD Radeon HD 7970
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Classified
Video Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 304.42 Beta
NVIDIA ForceWare 304.79 Beta
AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    "The 680 is cooler and quieter and higher performing all at the same time than anything we've seen in a long time..."

    Gee whiz. I wonder why 28nm is more efficient than 40nm.
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  • jmsabatini - Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - link

    You really needed to test Skyrim with a TON of ultra high res texture mods.

    Without that, your results were right in line with my expectations, i.e. not worth the extra $$$ over the vanilla card.
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  • CeriseCogburn - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    Something the regular joe moronic masses cannot seem to comprehend for the life of them, is when the cores peter out before the ram can be effectively used while maintaining a playable framerate, no amount of memory no matter how much "can help".

    Let me put it another way:

    The card makers need a more powerful core to use more than 2GB memory.(actually less than 2, but I won't go into that)

    The results are all over the web, and have been for months. No one should still be so utterly blind to the disclosed facts, still.

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  • hammbone852 - Saturday, September 15, 2012 - link

    This is disappointing but i'm guessing the drivers aren't pushing the GPU to Its fill potential. This card should be in the top 3 in all tests. Reply
  • Pey - Friday, September 21, 2012 - link

    As a SLI user, I will buy two of these and I´ll tell you why.

    I tried 2 MSI 680 Lightning are the temps go up to 75-76 each card, while 2 680 reference cards reach 72°. So you guys forget that for sli users, you have to get cards with a blower -unless you have watercooling.
    I know the price is not ideal, but for people like who are looking for a couple 680 with overclock and a proper watercooler-free solution, this is the card to go.
    You could go for a MSI Lightning, but when you put in another card, temps will go up to 15-20° on each card, and i dont like playing while having 76-78° plus the noise.
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