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GIGABYTE GV-N680D5-2GD-B GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 1536 CUDA Cores
  • 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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5 out of 5 eggsFirst Nvidia card purchase since the Hercules Geforce 2 Ultra

Pros: Runs all my games at highest settings and is very quiet. Sucks very little power which helps with overclocking power draw from my system as a whole.

Cons: Had coil wine but upgraded my PS from a Antec New Truepower 750 to a Antec High Current Pro 1200 and the wine went away.

Other Thoughts: I've finally bought a Geforce card after all these years because of the great performance/price ratio. Ati has almost always had them beat at that except now. If you've heard the hype or read the reviews about this card, know this they are all true. I went from a 4850 512mb crossfire set up to this for BF3 and man this card destroys them. Granted they (ATI 4850) are very long in the tooth they performed extremely poor in almost all the games I play. I have an I7-2600k@4.0 and 8gb of 1600mhz DDR3 memory as well as a Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard. I have always bought Asus branded components in the past but Gigabyte has definitely stolen me away from Asus with the performance of their products. I wish I would have known to wait for the OC model but it wasn't announced at the time of my purchase.

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  • Peng W.
  • 4/12/2012 11:47:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggspass this one if possible

Pros: It's a GTX 680, runs everything smoothly and quite. The SLI setup achieved P17900+ on 3DMark11. But this is really Nvidia's pro, no credit given to Gigabyte.

Cons: no video cable, no SLI cable, included some power cable but won't fit, had to use the ones come with power supply.

no manual. seriously? not even a manual?

driver DVD cannot be read. I bought 2 for SLI and guess what, neither DVD can be read.

Gigabyte's overclocking software does not support this model as of today.

and...did you notice that this thing is actually more expensive than the other GTX680?

Other Thoughts: should have waited for EVGA or ASUS to show up. Nothing really worth to return, just the whole package looks so cheap.

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  • Daniel A.
  • 4/9/2012 7:44:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBye Bye ATI

Pros: Runs cool and quiet with auto fan, Precision X Fan curve makes it even better

Runs better than my Crossfire 5870s across 3 monitors at 5760x1080 resolution meaning higher FPS in BF3, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, etc.

Cons: I got RSOD (red screen of death) a few times when launching monitoring software, more often when launching speedfan which I read is a driver issue, but you can ctrl+alt+del and it fixes. This happened 2 or 3 times on day 1 and 2 of ownership, I have not seen it anymore within about 5 days even if I try to recreate it myself.

3 monitor surround set up was difficult to get working, I had to close the Nvidia control panel and reopen it and set it up several times before it took my settings. After it finally worked, in games like BF3, my middle monitor would go black for a few seconds every time I would spawn or somthing would load. I am using 2 DVI + 1 Active DP to DVI adapter (would not work with passive DP to HDMI adapter). After about 30 min. the issue stopped and has not happened again.

Benchmark scores in 3D Mark, Heaven, and Furmark are lower than my 2 x 5870s but FPS in games are way higher, I guess thats all that matters?????

Other Thoughts: Compared to the amount of driver issues I had with Crossfire ATI 5870s with Eyefinity, the 680 worked great, so it still gets 5 stars and improved performance. The few problems I have experienced so far fixed themself after about a day of use, it doesnt make sense to me how it would fix itself but Im not going to argue with it. I can play Witcher 2 across 3 monitors! I can finally spend more time playing my games than finding bug fixes and driver fixes that I was doing with ATI Radeon cards!

Its dissapointing that the Gigabyte model cost more than the most others AND comes with less accesories with no significantly different cooler. I guess with them all being out of stock and hard to find, Gigabyte is taking advantage of those (myself included) desperate enough to pay more :( I prefer EVGA model but would take any of them at this point with them being so high in demand still.

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  • Damir H.
  • 4/9/2012 7:23:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent performance, and OC

Pros: Newegg did a fantastic job of delivering this by UPS in exactly 3 day from the day of order, to arrival. This card runs great. Using EVGA Precision X, I was able to overclock this card to 1.2GHz, and 1.29GHz with nvidia's own GPU Boost. Since the GPU Boost adjusts voltage automatically, I didn't even set any voltage myself. I also set the fan curve to %=C°, meaning for every 10 celsius increase of temperature = 10% increase in fan speed, above 50 celsius. Those resulted in the GPU temperatures around 36-39 in idle, and 67-75 under load. My case is also well vented. I tested this in BF3, Crysis 2 (DX 11+HiRes), Crysis Warhead, and Metro 2033. These are a little higher than usual overclocking results, but I can't complain.

Cons: Hard to find, and price increase due to shortage.

Other Thoughts: I just recently sold two Sapphire HD 6870 Crossfire cards, to buy a single GPU, and so far, the GTX 680 outperforms my old setup on a single GPU. Last time I had an nvidia card was the 9800GTX. Welcome back nvidia.

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  • Adrian B.
  • 4/7/2012 4:44:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat Card - DOA

Pros: Alot, although, unknown to me.

Cons: After a two weeks wait for it being shipped, installed it the same day; found out it didn't work. I got so frustrated because this is my first Nvidia card. Bought 3 ATI cards before that and had no such problems. Now I'll have to wait for another month to get a replacement, if I'm lucky to find one in stock...

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  • Daniel A.
  • 4/7/2012 3:40:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSee ya later ATI

Pros: Single Card as powerful as 2 high end cards
Shorter in length than most high end cards
Runs at decent temps and still quiet
NVidia surround seems more stable than Eyefinity

Cons: The NVidia surround was kind of buggy to set up and I ended up using my active display port adapter instead of all non active connections. At first the NVidia surround kept displaying a black screen every time games would load and the center screen would lag behind the sides, for some reason this magically fixed itself after about 30 minutes. The 2 side screens have gone to a "red screen of death" a couple of times when randomly trying to launch various programs.

Other Thoughts: I replaced my crossfire AMD 5870 set up and with GTX 680 has given me a huge FPS increase. Since I game with a 3 monitor setup at 5760 x 1080 resolution, most of my game settings had to be lowered to about medium / high specs. The GTX 680 has brought my FPS back to 60 FPS consistently at the same settings my crossfire was. There are alot of bugs using crossfire and I spent more time troubleshooting than playing, the 680 is an awesome replacement of 2 cards! Lastly, AMD drivers have SUCKED the past 6 months or so. I was using 5 month old drivers because nothing else was stable. I kept giving them chances to improve but I have given up hope, so far I have not found any of my games to have issues with the NVidia 301.1 driver release.

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  • Damir H.
  • 4/6/2012 8:48:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSwitched from AMD, First impressions...

Pros: I bought this card as it was the only one available. Since most new GTX 680's are reference cards, I didn't care about brands. Gigabyte does however have a good reputation. 3 year warranty that is transferrable through a serial # is a plus.
I just switched from a Sapphire HD 6870 Crossfire setup, so this isn't nearly a big jump for me. What I wanted is slightly better driver support, lower power usage and less heat. And better performance for a single GPU. This card delivered.

Using the supplied GIGABYTE driver disc, installation was a breeze, and I quickly started overclocking, and playing the most demanding games. It runs great without any issues. Newegg did a fantastic job of shipping this to me on 4-6-12. I placed the order on 4-3-12. That's fast coming from CA to GA. Very happy with the GIGABYTE GTX 680.

Cons: Not that many are available. Limited overclocking even with voltage increase (but still good). Price increased by $30 on most of the reference cards that have been sold out. But, I wanted it.

Other Thoughts: Clean design, reminds me of TRON a bit. Comes with basic supplies like driver disc, two power adapters, and DVI adapter.

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  • Austin B.
  • 4/5/2012 6:35:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Card!

Pros: - Max BF3 on one card? Yes please!
- Well built.
- Higher energy efficiency.
- Quiet.

Cons: - Slightly hotter than my old Fermi cards (TF3 570's), but not a real issue. Runs around 74C.

Other Thoughts: Can't wait to add a 2nd one when my old cards sell!

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  • Rita G.
  • 4/3/2012 9:39:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

Pros: Best thing about the GTX680 is that they're very quiet. I'm particularly sensitive to fan noise and so I've got all low speed fans (800-900RPM Noiseblocker 140mm fans and they're off most times). In addition to being quiet, they're pretty powerful and gave me a nice boost in most games I play -- The Witcher 2, F1 2011, GTA4, Serious Sam 3, TES5 -- over 580s SLI.

They get up to about 75-80C and the fan is pretty much silent. No ton of vacuum cleaner noise in The Witcher 2 like with the 580s and this is with the front fans off on my PC-X1000.

Cons: Well, they cost money, don't they? However, I sold my 580s for a decent amount of money and ended up spending about $300 to buy two GTX680s

Other Thoughts: I might get a 3rd card, but 2 pretty much hit 60FPS 90% of the time at 2560*1440.

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  • Donald C.
  • 4/2/2012 8:56:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well, great memory overclock.

Pros: Effortlessly runs everthing on my 1080 monitor resolution.

I've had no difficulties with the card and have done a bit of overclocking.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Using the shipped drivers and PrecisionX, I set the power target at 100% (maximum) and left the GPU Clock Offset alone. I found that Furmark would max out the memory clock, and Ungine with Furmark would max out the GPU clock, though Ungine nearly did it itself. Running them at the same time, I was able to watch the GPU speed run at 1162MHz consistently, with occasional bursts slightly higher. At the same time I was able to set the MEM Clock Offset at 527MHz, which it remained at. That arrangement ran stable for hours at those levels.

If I set the GPU Clock Offset to add much more it would fail.

At 550MHz on the Mem Clock Offset it would fail.

With the current driver release the Power Target seems to have changed, and the maximum I found was 132% on the slider. But the card would rarely run as fast as with the previous arrangement at 100%. The differences was only about 20MHz, but it was there.

The memory still works at the offset 527MHz and still fails at 550MHz.

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