Originally Posted by razaron
I'm thinking of getting a GTX 680 with an EK waterblock. What should I be looking at, OC wise? I've seen two cases of core clocks in the 1400s and a bunch in the 1200s, but none in the 1300s.
Well here is an example of one of my cards in the 1300's (and I haven't found the max core clock for this card yet)
While the score is lower in this run with those types of clocks... (there were other mitigating circumstances contributing to that fact when this was run.) Either way..... here is the proof that 1300Mhz or higher is possible with the right card. But I do stress you need the right card.... these clocks are not guaranteed.
1400Mhz although is not as likely unless a couple of things are happening.....
1. You have a really, really lucky Non-Reference card
2. You mod your GTX 680 For extra voltage or Mod it with extra hardware like VRM's and power connectors.
The GTX 680's people are seeing that hit these clocks are done by Professional Overclockers who are sponsored and have 20 GTX 680's sitting around to mod.
Most people will see clocks in the mid 1100's to low 1200's air cooled. And water cooled most will see mid 1200's to high 1200's.
The voltage on these cards is what is holding back the GTX 680. It has been proven that if Nvidia and their partners would lift the voltage cap these cards would surpass 1300Mhz on a regular basis and approach 1400 on a good number of occasions.
Some good news you will see from water cooling your cards is..... Your temps will never go above 40c. Because of this your overclock will not throttle like it would with air. So your benchmarks will be more stable. You will also like I said be able to achieve a little higher overclock then you would on Air. Plus.... noise from the fan won't be an issue either.
Cool. I didn't know they were for sale yet. Now that ASUS and EVGA have some real competition, hopefully they will drop the price of the P8Z77 WS and Z77 FTW.
No shit right..... I was waiting for this board or either the EVGA Z77 FTW or the Asus Z77 Formula.... which ever released first I was going to get..... I still think I got the best of the bunch
<---- Gigabyte fan boy here sorry
I still have no idea what the point of setting my target frame rate at 120 fps does.
I would actually love to see if this setting could help with bench marking???? I mean if you force the cards to push for a certain Frame rate you know isn't possible.... would it help bring you your score??? HMMMM I feel an experiment coming on!