ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Review

By on July 19, 2012
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The gauntlet has been thrown.

Good: Very silent and pretty cool temperatures and easy overclocking thanks to improved phase design.
Bad: 3-slot card and 12-inch length means this won't fit in every case.
Price: AED 2625
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.



The ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP was made for overclocking, both the high-end heatsink and components used for energy distribution are proof of this. As such I managed to set the Core clock from 1137MHz (boosting to 1201MHz) up to 1214MHz (boosting to 1278MHz). That’s a 6% speed increase from factory settings and a massive 21% over reference Nvidia speeds. This was accompanied by a 86mV voltage increase to steady things up a bit.

Beyond 1214MHz it didn’t matter how much voltage I pushed, the card would crash. Of course, no production card is exactly the same, so your mileage may vary.

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