Evga 680 SC Signature

100% Positive Reviews

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Pros: Pre-overclocked, very fast, good packaging and excellent warranty/service.

Cons: Runs hot in comparison to custom cooled cards.

The EVGA 680 SC Signature s a reference design with a slightly different cooler and as the name suggests, arrives pre-overclocked to 1084MHz (1150MHz) on the core and an effective 6208MHz memory clockspeed. Other key features are a 6+8 power design along with a 5 phase PWM design which should ensure a fair amount of overclocking headroom.

Testing

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.

Temperatures

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.

Acoustics

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.

Benchmarks

All benchmarks were done using the Nvidia 306.97 WHQL drivers at 1080p and all games were using max settings.

Test system:
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

Results

3DMark 11 performance preset:
Overall score - P10503
Graphics score - 11734

Aliens vs. Predator benchmark
Average FPS - 64

Batman Arkham City benchmark
Average FPS - 140

Battlefield 3
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.
Evga 680 SC Signature
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From the Manufacturer Get to the next level with the EVGA GeForce GTX 680. This card delivers truly game-changing performance that taps into the powerful new GeForce architecture to redefine smooth, seamless, lifelike gaming. It offers brand new, never before seen features that will redefine the way you think about performance graphics cards. Expect more from your graphics card that just state-of-the-art features and technology; get faster, smoother and a richer gaming experience with the EVGA GeForce GTX 680. Product Description The EVGA 02G-P4-2683-KR GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature Video Card lets you enjoy game-changing performance from the state-of-the-art GeForce technology. Now, you can speed up data processing and manage intense applications as it comes with a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX680 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. With its PCI – E 3.0 interface, you’re sure to ouble the bandwidth of PCI-Express 2.0 models, delivering powerful resources than ever before. It even allows you to enhance your graphic performance by setting up multiple GPU set-ups using its SLI Ready feature.

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