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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 680 WindForce 3X OC Graphics Card Pictured

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  1. btarunr

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    GIGABYTE is ready with its first non-reference design GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, the GTX 680 WindForce 3X OC. The card makes use of an NVIDIA reference-design PCB (in GIGABYTE's signature shade of blue, of course), and its in-house design WindForce 3X cooling solution. The reference-design PCB is slightly-customized by GIGABYTE to have 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors (instead of dual 6-pin). By the looks of it, all five NVVDC phases are enabled (only 4/5 enabled on the retail reference-design GTX 680). Interestingly, GIGABYTE chose the 6-pin connector that's otherwise disabled on the reference design, instead of a piggy-backed 6+8 pin connector cluster. Sadly, dual-DVI port cluster ensures the PCB is still single slot-incapable.

    Guru3D reports that the card will come with an out-of-the-box core clock speeds of 1071 MHz (base), 1124 MHz (boost, derived), and 1502 MHz (6.00 GHz GDDR5 effective) memory. Cooling the beast is GIGABYTE's tried and tested WindForce 3X, which uses three 80 mm PWM-controlled fans to ventilate a large complex aluminum fin heatsink, which draws heat from three 8 mm-thick copper heat pipes that span the entire length of the card. Display outputs include two dual-link DVI and one each of DisplayPort and HDMI. Pricing and availability are not known.

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    1c3d0g says thanks.
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    I like these triple vent coolers that gigabyte makes, and no stacked 6 pin.
    From the look at the 4th picture it looks like this PCB has the missing 5th phase on the ref card added.
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    jo - the triple fan is quite effective and normally quiet...on the GTX580 that is...
    That should also apply on this I think.....

    Hmmm...seems to have and 8 and 6 pin ... I thought the 680 had 2 x 6 pin.....
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    Still want the reference though. I wants them hot air out of the case.
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    Hmm I am have always been a fan (yes i had to use the word fan) of the windforce x3. It has some pretty nice factory OC too. Now I might consider upgrading from my 580 SOC. :)
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    Reference has 2 x 6, there is a spot for 1 x8, 1x 6 for higher OC.

    This should be cool and quiet.
  7. No_Asylum New Member

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    That is one beautiful card. Never been a big fan of Gigabyte products tho.
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    Thats why I got The Skeleton case...
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    nice cooler and side profile look but why a blue PCB???? just make it black and it offends no one
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    first time saw such beautiful gigabyte card
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    I kinda want to get a gtx 680. If I do, this would be the one I get.
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    i love the look of this card, i wish gigabyte one for the gk100/gk110
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    Wow, 2 of them would go nicely in my rig :)
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    Look behind you!!
    Looks good!

    No backplate is kind of a downer though
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    i really want high end cards with efficient power that aint draw electric so much ;)
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    It will only draw more power if you overclock. Otherwise it should be the same as a normal gtx680
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  18. GoldenTiger

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    I wonder...

    A) Will this card lift the hardware-limited voltage cap?

    B) When is this thing coming out...?
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    Hmm, this may be replacing my XFX R7970 CORE
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    It looks like a ref PCB they just used the 6-8pin :p

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