ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DCU II Top Review

Published by Christian Ney on 31.01.13
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General + -

This DirectCU II Top from ASUS has definitely been able to convince us. Thanks to the factory overclocking the card is eight percent faster than the reference clocked ones.
The cooling system proved to be very good too, it was almost noiseless in idle and managed to keep our card cool under heavy load remaining very silent which is very good. Furthermore we like the DirectCU II design.
ASUS completely revisited the PCB as well as the power design to offer a lot of electrical improvements over the reference board. Compared to the reference board (4+2 analog) the DirectCU II Top has a digital 8+2-phase Super Alloy Power design for exemple.
ASUS didn't overclock the memory although it wouldn't have been a big deal increasing the clock speed by atleast 50 MHz. It's not much but it would make perfect sense with such a premium product.

  - Silent under load - Factory Overclocking
- Design
- Custom PCB
- Audible in idle - No factory overclock on the memory
Performance   + -

Thanks to the factory overclocking the DirectCU II is eight percent faster than the reference clocked GTX 680. Although there is a massive overlocking regarding the GPU it's not able to outperform the EVGA card we tested. The reason for that lies within the memory, since EVGA overclocks it and ASUS doesn't. Still the factory overclocking on the GPU is everything but shy. Another interesting fact is that our sample was working at 1'202 MHz all the time under load. It appeared to not make use of the boost feature. 1'202 MHz means that there is a factory overclocking of 144 MHz over the boost clock of reference cards.
When it comes to the cooler, this was the second best one we've ever tested on a GTX 680 that comes shipped with a card from the factory. After one hour of FurMark, the highest temperature measured was 62°C with the fans locked at 30 % (almost noiseless) which is excellent. At 50 % we measured 53°C max but in this case the noise level isn't good anymore. Indeed at 50 % fan speed the cooler was 5dB louder than the reference blower cooler. Be careful the cooler takes three slots, make sure you have enough space.
The power consumption isn't really good in idle as the DirectCU II Top was drawing 7 Watts more than the reference model. Under load it's better considering the performance ontop of the reference clocked card the power consumption was only 6 Watts higher.

  - Performance
- 8 % faster than the reference GTX 680 - Power Consumption under load

- Cooler
- Triple slot cooler - Power Consumption in idle
Recommendation   + -
We recommend this graphics card to people who are looking for a factory overclocked GTX 680 which features a very good and silent cooler. This card is about 80 € more expensive than the cheapest reference GTX 680, therefore you should be really sure that this is the exact card you want.   - Gaming
We gave the GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 the almost perfect award of 4 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - Crysis 2
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 15 - Dragon Age 2
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 16 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 18 - StarCraft II
Page 6 - 3DMark Vantage Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 8 - TessMark Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark
Page 9 - Alien vs Predator Page 22 - Temps - BattleField 3
Page 10 - Batman: Arkham City Page 23 - BenchMarks and Games Settings
Page 11 - DIRT 2 Page 24 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3  
Page 13 - BattleField 3

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