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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:24

Point of View/TGT GTX 680 Ultra Charged tested - A closer look at GTX 680 Ultra Charged

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review:
Silent
triple fan cooling and OC at 1110MHz

The cooler with three fans doesn’t only seem large – it actually is quite chunky and will take up three slots. We’ve already seen a few non –reference coolers for GTX 680 and they were wider than two slots, so we weren’t surprised by PoV/TGT’s move. The GPU comes overclocked by 104MHz and such feats require adequate cooling.

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The following picture shows that the cooler is two slots wide with fans off.

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The central fan is a 9cm one while the other two are 8cm. Size isn’t the only difference as the propellers were designed differently.

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There are no signs or specs on the fans but we can confirm they do the job well. They only get loud beyond 65% RPM, but fan speed never exceeded 50% RPM, i.e. they were quiet.

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PoV/TGT probably could’ve used the metal plate above the central fan (picture below) for a logo or something, but it’s empty for now.

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It seems to us that the plate is there simply to cover the spot where heatsink splits, see below.

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The heatsink has five heatpipes – tree go towards the end and two towards the I/O panel.

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PoV/TGT strapped the card with a heatspreader for memory and other low profile components on the PCB.

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GTX 680 Ultra Charged comes with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The chips come from Hynix (model No: H5GQ2H24MFR-R0C) and are rated at 1500MHz (6000MHz GDDR5 effectively).

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Reference GTX 680 cards draw power via two 6-pin connectors. Factory overclocked GTX 680 Ultra Charged has one 6-pin and one 8-pin power connector. Point of View / TGT uses five phase PWM design, one phase more than on the reference card.

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GTX 680 Ultracharged comes with two dual-link DVI outs, but only one is analog VGA-out capable. Strangely enough, PoV/TGT forgot to mention that VGA-out requires using the bottom DVI – the one in line with HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. Nvidia made sure not to lag behind the competition so Kepler based cards can run up to four displays simultaneously.

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The card has two SLI connectors, which means Quad GPU is possible.

A metal plate was mounted on the back of the card. We must admit that it really does make it look better.

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