Friday, April 20th 2012

ASUS Announces the GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP

The ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP graphics card delivers a true flagship product for dedicated PC gamers and performance enthusiasts. The TOP-selected 28 nm NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 GPU has been overclocked by ASUS to 1201 MHz to boost frame rates in games, offering users 143 MHz over reference. Its ASUS-designed DirectCU II thermal design runs 20% cooler than stock, while the twin 100 mm fans keep noise at bay with 14 dB quieter operation.

ASUS has added 10-phase DIGI+ VRM digitally regulated power delivery with 30% noise reduction, working in tandem with durable Super Alloy Power components that last 2.5 longer than reference. Users can tap the greater overclocking and overvolting capabilities of the card through both the hardware-level VGA Hotwire and the software-level GPU Tweak utility. Also released is the ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC edition, with a 1019 MHz core capable of a 1084 MHz boost clock. This card uses the same DirectCU II cooler and PCB as the TOP version.

TOP-selected 1201 MHz core powers smoother gaming

ASUS TOP graphics cards utilize the best-performing GPUs available, chosen via a rigorous set of trials. The GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP arrives factory-overclocked to 1201 MHz on the core, boosting frame rates for smoother and more fluid gaming in even the most demanding of situations. Due to passing extensive heat tolerance tests, TOP GPUs can handle extra overclocking strain, and are matched by ASUS engineers with an upgraded PCB that can also withstand more heat and stress than reference parts.

DirectCU II creates the coolest and quietest GeForce GTX 680

Especially customized and fitted to match the power of factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 680 GPUs, the exclusive ASUS DirectCU II thermal design lowers temperatures to ensure faster, quieter, more stable, and longer lasting performance. Using five all-copper heatpipes and a 20% bigger dissipation area than reference, DirectCU II guarantees more expedient heat removal. It also features twin 100 mm sound-dampened fans for increased airflow, resulting in 20% cooler and 14 dB quieter operation on average compared to reference GeForce GTX 680s. This allows gamers to enjoy the utmost performance with minimized noise interference, a highly coveted and appealing proposition.

DIGI+ VRM with 10-phase Super Alloy Power

The GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II plays host to two exclusive ASUS power delivery technologies. DIGI+ VRM, based on a design used on bestselling ASUS motherboards since 2010, offers digital voltage regulators for a wider modulation range and therefore more flexible overclocking. The version of DIGI+ VRM used here applies 10-phase delivery and reduces power noise by as much as 30% compared to reference. Reduced power noise translates into more stable power supply and thus more consistent and reliable card performance. Combined with extra-durable and anti-corrosive Super Alloy Power components (solid state capacitors, chokes, and MOSFETs), DIGI+ VRM contributes to a card that runs 15% more efficient than reference models while maintaining 2.5 times the product lifespan.

Overclocking duo: software and hardware tuning enabled

The GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP ships with extensive software overclocking by way of GPU Tweak, the exclusive ASUS card tuning suite. Using a highly intuitive interface, GPU Tweak helps users adjust clocks (including new boost clock settings), power consumption targets, voltages, and fan speeds, with multiple profiles available for different applications and needs. This is complemented by the addition of VGA Hotwire, a feature previously offered by ASUS ROG motherboards. For DIY-minded users, VGA Hotwire presents the benefit of more precise and complete hardware-level overvolting. Users can solder wires directly onto voltage regulators for more accurate Vcore, Vmem, and PLL readings and adjustments, opening up even more of the powerful card’s potential.

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26 Comments on ASUS Announces the GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP

#1
okidna
FYI, this DCUII TOP use 6 and 8pin non-stacked power connectors.

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#3
Chaitanya
by: Animalpak
beast is a beast
its not a beast but a Monster. :rockout:
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#4
_JP_
:eek:
So big!
Along with some tower-type coolers, this should put some serious tension on the motherboards (probably causing it to bend).
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#5
sc
Awesome! I hope someone will do waterblocks for it.
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#6
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Very nice :toast:
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#7
MeanBruce
by: okidna
FYI, this DCUII TOP use 6 and 8pin non-stacked power connectors.

http://i.imgur.com/oQq8m.jpg
It's so beautiful! So much better looking than the Asus7970DirectCU2, they changed the top plate, the housing design ever so slight, and even made the box look nicer. This AMD fan is jumping ship to NVidia! This card is ON the new hardware list!:D


More photos pleeeeeeeeeeeese!
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#8
NHKS
the hefty cooler is justified with the +143MHz OC..



Here's a review for the card .. they managed to Overclock further to 1328MHz, no voltage adjustments @ 47 C
the TDP cap on this board can be raised to a whopping 159% (a more generous 280W effectively from 175W)



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#9
Quantos
I hope this won't fail as much as the 7970 DCII. There's really something amiss about that one...
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#10
MeanBruce
Wondering how fast the fans spin up in Auto mode at idle and office apps? Is it $500 or $600? Does NVidia have Catalyst Control Center like software? Will an AX850 provide enough stable juice for this monster? This gorgeous kit got me out of bed at 4am, can’t find enough information on it, no listing at the Asus site yet, going bonkers. Does it come with a t-shirt?



Love at first sight!:D
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#11
Shurakai
by: NHKS

I do like the other DirectCU designs, but this one is a bit silly, the core is probably only going to hit 3 of those heatpipes, and instead of the DirectCU on the 7970 which has the heatpipes right next to each other this has them separated, that's a little silly :( Could've easily squished them together.
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#12
W1zzard
tpu review very soon (~ 1 hour max)
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#13
zocksi
Nice, Really looking foward to the review! I also wonder if sometime later a 4gb version will show up... on the other hand, not really sure if the 4gb are needed or worth the "trouble".
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#15
zocksi
I am reading the review right now, its really nice, but am I missing the Temperature Comparision somewhere?
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#16
xBruce88x
wow those are about the same temps my 8800GT gets :cool: thats pretty good when you consider the 680 uses close to twice the power of my 8800GT (and therefore that much more heat)

as always, great review W1zzard


by: Shurakai
I do like the other DirectCU designs, but this one is a bit silly, the core is probably only going to hit 3 of those heatpipes, and instead of the DirectCU on the 7970 which has the heatpipes right next to each other this has them separated, that's a little silly :( Could've easily squished them together.
or they could have placed a thin copper plate over them... still it seems pretty effective.
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#17
NHKS
by: MeanBruce
Wondering how fast the fans spin up in Auto mode at idle and office apps?
Is it $500 or $600?
Will an AX850 provide enough stable juice for this monster?
W1zz' review should ans ur questions.. AX850 should be good enough

by: Shurakai
I do like the other DirectCU designs, but this one is a bit silly, the core is probably only going to hit 3 of those heatpipes,
apprently, u r right
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#18
MeanBruce
Amazing review, the $20 increase over the reference card is easily justified. Thanks TPU!:D
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#19
No_Asylum
by: _JP_
:eek:
So big!
Along with some tower-type coolers, this should put some serious tension on the motherboards (probably causing it to bend).
Some cases (Coolermaster CM690 II Advanced) have retention brackets for that. Tho I'm not quite sure if it would fit on this card, being triple depth.
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#21
Ghost26
Seriously, I thought it was going to be mine.

But the Tri-Slot cooler disapoints me.

I have a P8P67 WS Revolution, where sure I have plenty of PCi-Express slots, but this is what makes the strenght of this mainboard for future expension.

With a tri-slot design, this cuts me the access of a PCi-Express x16 slot :/

Very disapointed...

Maybe I'm going to wait for MSI Lightning which usually has a 2-slot cooler
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#22
sc
I see a problem with that bracket on top of the SLI fingers...
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#23
W1zzard
by: sc
I see a problem with that bracket on top of the SLI fingers...
no problem:



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#24
bogami
O mama i need a track for my fat girl,s (ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP)and hotel(12 slot motherboard):pimp:
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#25
Delta6326
Awesome I want one of these! Can't wait to see the 4GB version.
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