Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Duel - Palit vs. MSI


Test Setup

Test Setup

Take note that we've included the fastest tested Radeon HD 7970 graphics card from ASUS as a tough comparison to see just how much better can an overclocked GTX 680 deliver (or not). As usual, the following are the specs of our trusty graphics card test bed system:-

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

The list of cards tested and the drivers used:

  • Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 301.10)
  • MSI GeForce GTX 680 Twin Frozr 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 301.10)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 300.99)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 301.33)
  • ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU 2 TOP 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.3)

The list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Unigine Heaven v2.1
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Crysis 2
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Dirt 3