If you’re in the market for a new GPU and have about R5000 in pocket money savings stashed under your bed, you’re probably in the mood for buying a GTX680. It is currently the world’s fastest single -core graphics card and there’s no stopping the hurt Nvidia has been piling on AMD since Kepler’s release. AMD’s HD7000 family is powerful enough for most gamers and even steps in and shoves Nvidia out of the limelight occasionally.
In a recent overclocking attempt by Vince “k|ngp|n” Lucido (some dude who I’ve never heard of) clocked up his GTX680 to a staggering 2Ghz for the core and 7.406Ghz for the super-speedy four gigabytes of DDR5 RAM on the card. The card was set with a scary 1.212v and achieved a 3DMark11 score of 16472.
The overclock was helped by a Core i7-3960K, 16GB of G.Skill DDR3-2400 RAM, an EVGA X79 Classified motherboard and an EVGA NEX 1500w PSU. All the clocks were achieved under LN2 cooling for both the CPU and the GPU. If you’re interested in the validity of the overclocks, here’s Vince’s HWBOT and 3DMark page with the official scores.