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Graphics GTX 680 watercooled.. was it worth it for you?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by feathers, 7 Apr 2012.

  1. feathers

    feathers Well-Known Member

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    For those of you running liquid cooled 680, was it worth it in terms of overclocking?

    We know the temperature benefits brought by liquid cooling, that doesn't automatically guarantee increased overclock over air though.

    The Zotac 680 I have will OC to 1285 core and 500mhz on vram on air. I generally detest air cooling so in general I would buy a waterblock when one is available. 680 has no problem in that area. EK have the blocks. I could quite happily run my zotac on air without overclock. BF3 on ultra at 1080 seems to run fine. What I need to do is measure the performance increase in game between default 680 speed versus the 1285 + 500mhz I can get overclocked. If the difference is small, why bother OCing? I realise GPU OCing is generally limited compared to CPU but I am evaluating the situation. I would probably get a full cover block purely because I like having low temps but I am interested to hear your experiences and gains running liquid cooled 680?
     
  2. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

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    1400 clock stable and 750 on ram

    Using ek blocks

    400+ above stock guess I got lucky on card
     
  3. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Strewth! Did you also oc it on air and if so what was the highest you got?
     
  4. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

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    That was furmark stable 0 artifects

    Enough the cards will be declocked to stock

    Till a game warrants the extra speed
     
  5. feathers

    feathers Well-Known Member

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    Which brand?
     
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    rollo Well-Known Member

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    Due to been in sli could not push on air no was I willing

    Hit 1150 and + 300 on mem that was furmark stable also
     
  7. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

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    Evga feathers don't buy another brand
     
  8. feathers

    feathers Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean the furmark that comes with EVGA OC scanner?
     
  9. feathers

    feathers Well-Known Member

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    Too late for that. Only 1 shop in the UK had 680 last week and EVGA wasn't in stock.
     
  10. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

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    No furmark as in furmark itself with prime 95 loop also as I stress the entire system

    Did not know evga scanner had a version lol

    For me yes even before overclocking as the temps are 40c under load under water so I'm pretty happy
     
  11. feathers

    feathers Well-Known Member

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    Well just a bit concerned cos the EVGA scanner version is crap. I mean it loads the GPU fine (unlike Heaven 3) and shows "artifacts". It doesn't show if your GPU overclock is stable. I had it running for sometime on OC scanner test and showed no artifact errors. Run Heaven 3 or any game and the overclock would crash after some minutes. Problem is Heaven doesn't load the GPU properly. Kombustor does.

    I have gone back to MSI Kombustor in DX11 for testing.
     
  12. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

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    Have played bf3 64 multi for 6 hrs at those settings for actual game testing never been a fan of these benchmarks

    But I'd consider it stable and I still test CPU overclocked in 24 hr

    And my system is still on at those settings now

    Played Diablo 3 beta
    Star wars tor
    Dungeun defenders
    Fable 3
    Crysis 2

    So quiet a wide range of games since I set it up
     
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    rollo Well-Known Member

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    Does msi combustor support none msi gpus?

    If so I can install and run it
     
  14. noizdaemon666

    noizdaemon666 I'm Od, Therefore I Pwn

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    Yeah it's just a rebranded version of Furmark
     
  15. dead beat

    dead beat Rippin six 4 life

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    You don't need waterblocks for the 680's. Obviously they pretty much cut temps in half, but they don't seem to effect overclocking potential and the stock coolers aren't loud.

    Rollo, can you please post some benchmarks with 1400mhz on the core. I'm thinking 3Dmark11, Heaven etc. Cheers.
     
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    rollo Well-Known Member

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    Sure once I'm home been on phone responding to this topic lol
     
  17. feathers

    feathers Well-Known Member

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    I am thinking the same. Have just been playing BF3 64 player 1080 at 1260mhz core + 500mhz vram and I can't really see much difference. I think come the day a GPU overclocks 1ghz+ like a cpu then we will start to see some real improvements.

    On default speed my Zotac is very quiet in game. Not keen on air temps compared to water but nevertheless I question whether there is any significant gain in performance overclocking the 680.
     
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    Found a link to somebody hitting 1400 on air lol

    Kingpin forums

    Can't copy and paste on phone
     
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    dead beat Rippin six 4 life

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    Yeh, tbh unless you have cash burning a hole in your pocket then I wouldn't recommend it.
     
  20. dead beat

    dead beat Rippin six 4 life

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    Yeh that's kingpin. I posted the link in another thread.
     

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