Pros: Pre-overclocked, very fast, good packaging and excellent warranty/service.
Cons: Runs hot in comparison to custom cooled cards.
Using the EVGA Precision X utility I managed to squeeze out a very nice overclock of 1275MHz on the core, a whole 125MHz over the stock overclock and 7208MHz on the memory. This was all done using a power target of 115%, I found that anything over this meant the fan would ramp up to over 60% which I found to be a bit too much.
Under 100% load using the Hitman: Absolution benchmark option the card hit a maximum of 82 degrees when overclocked. With an ambient of 22 degrees this means a delta temperature of 60 degrees.
Due to the fact that the card uses a blower style design, much like the reference card, I was expecting it to be quite loud but I was pleasantly surprised. The fan speed never went above 60% which is barely audible, even if you manually set the fan speed to 70% you can only hear the rushing of air and no actual fan noise.
All benchmarks were done using the Nvidia 306.97 WHQL drivers at 1080p and all games were using max settings.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Intel Core i5-2500k Processor @ 4.6 GHz
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Motherboard
EVGA GTX 680 SC Signature+ 2GB @ 1275MHz | 1802MHz
4x4GB Corsair Vengeance LP @ 1600MHz | CL7
Corsair AX850 Power Supply
3DMark 11 performance preset:
Overall score - P10503
Graphics score - 11734
Aliens vs. Predator benchmark
Average FPS - 64
Batman Arkham City benchmark
Average FPS - 140
Average FPS - 62
Crysis 2 w/DX11 patch and high-res textures
Average FPS - 66
DiRT Showdown benchmark
Average FPS - 80
So if you are after a scorchingly fast graphics card that not only looks the part but also built to the very highest standards, all wrapped up in a package that has a service second to none, then you will struggle to find a better card than this.