Crysis, Metro, DiRT 3, Shogun 2, & Batman

Since the GTX 680 Classified doesn’t bring anything new to the table architecturally, we’ll keep our commentary on its stock performance brief. At stock it’s much like any other overclocked GTX 680 (factory or otherwise), with the only real room for differentiation being the greater amount of RAM and the higher power target. In practice the greater amount of RAM doesn’t make much of a difference in our single-GPU tests, as that much RAM is far more beneficial for the ultra-high resolutions of multi-monitor gaming, at which point you’re going to need a second card to provide the necessary horsepower.

The higher default power target on the other hand is quite interesting. The GTX 680 Classified will hit its top boost bin almost all of the time thanks to the generous power target, something the reference GTX 680 can have trouble with even at stock. So although reference cards can be overclocked to this level, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll match the GTX 680 Classified’s boost clocks in that state.

Starting off as always in Crysis, there’s actually not much to see. Since the reference GTX 680 is already memory bandwidth limited here and since the GTX 680 Classified doesn’t have a memory overclock, the factory core overclock does very little for its performance here.

Metro isn’t a title that we’ve previously considered to be memory bandwidth limited, but given its GPU-crushing nature like Crysis (and the fact that the 7970GE does so well here), maybe we should take that into consideration. The GTX 680C picks up 7% here at 2560, which is decent but it’s less than what the factory overclock can provide when the GPU can fully stretch its legs.

Now when the GTX 680 Classified can stretch its legs in a GPU-bound situation, we see the full impact of that factory overclock. With DiRT 3 it picks up the full 10% performance improvement the factory overclock is capable of providing.

Things also look good with Shogun 2 at 2560, with another 10% gain. On the other hand 5760 only picks up 7%.

Batman on the other hand doesn’t do the GTX 680 Classified any favors, which is a bit odd. 3-5% just isn’t what you expect here, since there’s no real evidence that the game is CPU or memory bandwidth bottlenecked.

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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.

    Reply
  • 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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