Reviews and Problems with Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II
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Asus GeForce GTX 680 Review
30 May 2012
Excerpt: Asus has been coming on strong in graphics cards for several years now, though it never offers quite the variety of versions as companies like XFX and EVGA. Typically, Taiwan-based Asus will ship a reference card under its main brand, and then a custom-built, high-end card under its DirectCU brand. At a later date, the company might ship a super-high-end card using the company’s Matrix or Mars sub-brands.
Pros: It’s fast, nearly silent at idle, and sips power.
Summary: ASUS has taken the already great NVIDIA GTX 680 reference design and put some work into improving it. The company is a leader in triple slot cooling solutions, so it is only natural that releasing a GTX 680 Direct CU II was one of their top priorities. A triple slot cooler promises lower temperatures, lower noise and better overclocking at the cost of increased space consumption and potential issues with multi-GPU configurations.
Pros: Large performance increase, Overclocked out of the box, Reasonable price increase, Some additional OC headroom left, Quiet, Low temperatures, Software voltage control & monitoring, Up to four active displays now, makes surround possible with one card, Native full-size HDMI & DisplayPort output, Adds support for PCI-Express 3.0 and DirectX 11.1, Support for CUDA and PhysX
Cons: Dynamic OC can't be turned off, Manual overclocking more complicated than before, Triple slot design might not be for all, Could be quieter under load, No technology similar to AMD's ZeroCore power