That is one beast of a card you have in your hands, 20mmrain! Good runs too! As for your bottleneck, it might be your PCIe at 8x because I read that you need 16x to completely feed the 7970 with PCIe 2.0 so I'm going to assume that will be the case with the 680. I'm pretty certain an i7 @ 4.5 GHz won't bottleneck any GPU for a long while.
Thanks bud.... Yes this card is a bat out of hell! But I think your Right.... it's the PCIe 2.0x8 that is holding me back. I just ordered a Ivy bridge i7 3770K today and it will be here tomorrow. That will help with the PCIe speeds because I have an Asus gen 3 board.
If it doesn't (Which it should) I am still planning on getting a Z77 MOB but the one I want is not out yet.
Ok, here's my benches. I squeezed everything I could, out of it.
One things for sure. The more power target you put on there, the more fps you get.
Did you removing that bracket, help temps at all Erasure?
We need to keep a standard for testing these. I can see, we have people, doing different settings.
"Performance" preset in 3Dmark11.
Max everything in Unigine, 1920x1080.
Nice runs man!!! What I ran my GTX 680 where at the following Presets....
3Dmark11= Performance Preset
(Disabled CPU tests)(But this wouldn't have an effect on the GPU score anyway so if someone wants to run it with CPU tests enabled.... That's fine.)
3Dmark Vantage= Performance Preset
(Disabled PPU but I had CPU tests Enabled)( Again we are comparing GPU scores so having CPU tests enabled or disabled won't matter for GPU score only)
Heaven Benchmark 3.0= 1920x1080 Res./Anisotropy x 16/AA x 8/Tessellation: Extreme/Shaders High/Full Screen/ DirectX 11 / Stereo 3D: Disabled
( These are the settings I ran )
If we want to keep things standard what do you guys think of these settings?
this is my GTX680
i removed bracket
erasure Welcome to the Club!!! Nice Asus Card.... I will be adding your name
I can tell 20mm isn't. He only has the graphics tests shown, in 3dm11. That means it's a custom run, likely not even the same settings.
I'd love to know, why your heaven mark, is so much higher ,than mine, 20mm.lol.. Is it your processor or something?
Makes me think, my settings, are messing up, in my heaven mark, somewhow.. Maybe my fps is capping at 60? Could something cap my fps?
Thank ya though. .
I spent all night, turning it..lol.
The settings I just listed are the settings I am running. No funny business from me! Everything you see is screen shots.... I would guess the reason fro the difference could be a couple of things....
1. My Overclock is a lot higher then yours....I am @ 1306Mhz core where you are @ 1185Mhz
2. My card doesn't throttle because of the water cooling. Even during those tests at my high clocks... I only saw max temps of 36C top card 35C bottom.
3. Your CPU my be bottle necking you some.... but in the Futuremark/3Dmark tests.... we are looking at the GPU score. Not the CPU score.... so while my CPU will allow for more Gallup it shouldn't be that much.
4. Also in Nvidia control panel do you have your 3D settings to run at "Applications Settings" if you are using Nvidia's Control panels settings it will hinder your performance.