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OCP and TDP throttling is the bane of OCing.

I really do hope someone come up with a way to totally disable all these protections, and force non-dynamic clocks/voltages all the time.

Until then, I'm going to avoid the 680. Getting my 6950s to OC despite similar nonsense that is PowerTune is not something I care to go through again; not until I know there is a workable solution.
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I agree it's not ideal and all cards should have equal boosts and steps.

This would reduce yields or lower the performance of the average card.
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Just going to share my 3DMark11 numbers:

This is with a i7 920 @ 4GHz, so Sandy would probably be a little higher.

Stock:
P9420

1202/1652 (+120/+300 on my card):
P10196

1234/1752 (+150/+500 on my card, barely stable enough to pass 3DMark11):
P10418


Dead on with Guru3D:
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Edited by Murlocke - 3/25/12 at 9:56pm
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Has Newegg ever done this "No returns" thing with graphics cards before? Didn't very few, possibly none, of the reviews that were posted right before/right when the card was released say anything about how it doesn't overclock well at all? How were many of them hitting +1300mhz it seems? And why was Nvidia so tight up until the launch, and then only right before/at launch did they drop all of the FXAA/Adaptive V-Sync/GPU Boost on everyone? I'm wondering if they tried to keep everything quiet because they knew the overclocking niche of the population would immediately scream "Pass!" if all of this stuff involving overclock-difficulty was floating all over the net. Is it possible early reviewers got cards with better dynamic voltage, and then sites like Newegg were told not to accept returns since they knew everyone would get the card and many would try to return it once they saw the overclocking issues?
It is definitely the best card Nvidia has put out so far, topping the 580 by a respectable amount. But doesn't anyone else find all of this a little wierd? I'm glad I got one, still going to sell, take the hit, and get non-references (if the added cost is worth it, if issues are addressed), but I can tell you one thing...I'm not getting it the second it comes out again until actual consumers like us have the card IN HAND, not just reviewer sites, and I hear from consumers that voltage control is fully functioning and on par with every single other Nvidia release prior to this.
I'll register, get the extended/transferrable warranty, and keep an eye out for either a future address through the next set of drivers/Precision, or for the listed specs/features of non-ref's. Don't leave the performance nuts behind EVGA! I wanna see that Classified Ultra with a 1.3v max voltage!

This was the one major thing that kept me from impulse-buying the 680 right at launch. I'm even more glad now that I waited and am going for 7970 Lightnings. I still think the 680 is the better card for 99% of consumers but having such a locked-down OC method really turns me off....
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I hope you are right but i've never understood how one 680 can have issues that another 680 doesn't using the same drivers. Most these 680s are probably the same batch even. I feel if one 680 can't get even 1200 stable, and the other is getting 1280 stable.. drivers may improve them but that gap will probably still remain. I really hope I am wrong but these cards seem like a real hit or miss in overclocking.
I'm not seeing that. I can't step up the card without paying $25 for extended warranty (only 30 days to do that), and I see no way to transfer the warranty because these cards are the "KR" versions. I'm assuming it's not possible or you have to buy the $25 extended warranty.

It has been changed recently. It has a 3 year warranty which is transferrable, does not need to be registered, and there is free standard cross shipping.
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1. Card is not silent @ 70% guys. Perhaps you have a higher noise floor, but it's audible above 50% for me...when gaming.

2. Does anyone play Batman Arkham City in 3D? I can't OC +50Mhz wo/ crashing in that game.

3. I've noticed the GPU usage is not maxed @ 99% like it was on my GTX 580. It can vary a lot, especially in Batman...from 50% to 95%. Anyone else seeing this?

4. Also, just to clarify, there's no need to touch voltage in Precision X then?
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4. Also, just to clarify, there's no need to touch voltage in Precision X then?

Can only answer this question... You can set it to 1.175v to ensure that it uses 1.175v under load, but it doesn't seem to make a difference either way. Heaven tends to run my card at 1.164v, if I set it to 1.175v it will use that. All other settings have no affect and it doesn't seem to make any difference to my max overclock. So really no point in touching the voltage that I can see.
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1. Card is not silent @ 70% guys. Perhaps you have a higher noise floor, but it's audible above 50% for me...when gaming.
2. Does anyone play Batman Arkham City in 3D? I can't OC +50Mhz wo/ crashing in that game.
3. I've noticed the GPU usage is not maxed @ 99% like it was on my GTX 580. It can vary a lot, especially in Batman...from 50% to 95%. Anyone else seeing this?
4. Also, just to clarify, there's no need to touch voltage in Precision X then?

3. Is PhysX set to high? Try lower or disabled and check GPU utilization.
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wow pretty sad to hear about this poor OC situation.

I was thinking of swapping my 590 for a 680 but this pretty much puts me off.

I read kingping managed 1420 mhz on air? How the hell did he do that and how come most review sites are getting better OC results than us?
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wow pretty sad to hear about this poor OC situation.
I was thinking of swapping my 590 for a 680 but this pretty much puts me off.
I read kingping managed 1420 mhz on air? How the hell did he do that and how come most review sites are getting better OC results than us?

He physically mods his cards.
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He physically mods his cards.

I know, he used the evga Power board but I was and still am under the impression that its the dynamic GPU boost thats limiting the OC capabilites of this card, not the lack of VRM or anything.

Then again, a german review site stated that theres a few electronic parts on the PCB that are responsible for the GPU boost feature, seen in this picture: http://www.hardwareluxx.de/images/stories/galleries/reviews/2012/gtx680/gtx680-09-rs.jpg

I was under the impression it was purely done via software.

It might be likely that custom versions with different PCB designs might drop that part entirely, ultimately disabling the GPU boost feature.
Maybe it is also possible to mod a reference card too in this regard? Pencil mod tongue.gif
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