The other day we ran some tests on the powerful Zotac GeForce GTX 680 and wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to check these tests out

Consider that at the moment this is one of the top end GPUs of today and so gives a good indication of what you can expect from top dollar hardware right now...

Go faster stripes, the secret to any serious overclock

Meet the ZOTAC 

How does it compare to the stock build on paper? let's take a quick look at the rap sheet:

 

GeForce GTX 680             ZOTAC GTX 680 AMP! 

Shader Units:1536                         Shader Units:  1536

ROPs:32                                         ROPs:32

Graphics Processor:GK104             Graphics Processor:GK104

Transistors:3500M                         Transistors:3500M

Memory Size:2048MB                     Memory Size:2048MB

Memory Bus Width:256bit              Memory Bus Width:256bit

Core Clock:1006MHz+                    Core Clock:1111MHz+

Memory Clock:1502MHz                 Memory Clock:1652MHz

As we can see ZOTAC have amped up the clock speed in comparison to the original, we are dealing with one of the strongest cards in the world, overclocked.

The Benchmark 

In our benchmark we are going to run the ZOTAC against our GeForce 8800 GTX but why a GeForce 8800 GTX? 

Because we are interested in real world scenerios, we know that you may have a graphics card that is not a 600 series Graphics card.

You might have a 8000 series or even a 9000 series which were mostly rebadged 8000 series cards, by picking a popular card of the last generation we hope to match your current performance against the latest generation as best we can. 

So let's run those stats on Game Debate's game of the year Far Cry 3

GeForce 8800 GTX's run 1920x1080:

Very High Settings - 16 frames per second

High Settings - 19 frames per second

Medium Settings - 23 frames per second

Low Settings - 26 frames per second

ZOTAC GTX 680 AMP!'s run 1920x1080 x8 AA:

Ultra Settings - 40 frames per second 

Very High Settings - 42 frames per second

High Settings - 44 frames per second 

Medium Settings - 55 frames per second 

Low Settings - 60 frames per second 

ZOTAC GTX 680 AMP!'s run 1920x1080 x4 AA:

Ultra Settings - 51 frames per second 

Very High Settings - 53 frames per second

High Settings - 59 frames per second

Medium Settings - 77 frames per second

Low Settings - 89 frames per second

It is certainly chewing through the frames per second, even with the Anti-Aliasing weighing it down, Far Cry 3, as always is rendering beautifully even on our old hardware and consoles, perhaps we need a better test, something with kittens, and lasers, and explosions. 

CatZilla Benchmark

The catzilla benchmark is 2:30 minutes of GPU nightmares followed by unit tests so strainous our test machine wailed out new noises that we can only assume to be cries for help.

First up for our sick test of performance:

GeForce 8800 GTX's first run:

Hardware(GPU+CPU): 1981
Physics Test(CPU): 195
Fur Test(GPU): 168
Fluid Test(GPU): 206
Raymarch Test (GPU): 78
Loading Time(ms): 13846
Final Score: 2032

GeForce 8800 GTX's second run:

hardware (GPU+CPU): 1957
Physics Test(CPU): 192
Fur Test(GPU): 161
Fluid Test(GPU): 205
Raymarch Test(GPU) : 77
Loading Time(ms): 14016
Final Score : 1957

Those tests were not pretty, certain scenes were running less than 10 frames per second, particularly the scene where the guy with the rocket launcher gets exploded by the deadly deadly lasers.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP!'s first run:

hardware (GPU+CPU): 15996
physics test (CPU) : 480
Fur Test (GPU): 1272
Fluid Test (GPU): 1116
Raymarch Test(GPU): 525
loading Time (ms) : 24518
Final score: 15492

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP!'s second run:

hardware (GPU+CPU): 16009
physics test (CPU): 474
fur test (GPU): 1264
Fluid test (GPU): 1122
Raymarch test (GPU): 523
Loading Time(ms) 13136
Final score : 16038

Those are some serious results, on our test machine we scored up to 8x the performance in our benchmark simply by swapping the graphics card from a GTX 8800, to a ZOTAC GTX680 our catzilla simulation went from unwatchable to silkly smooth where we could fully apperciate the spectacle of two building sized cats destorying a city.

Conclusion 

What have we learned? - the Zotac GTX 680 is as expected a beastly card capable of kicking out impressive benchmark scores.

The card can also be run with a 500 Watt PSU lower than its recommended 550~600 Watt rating, however PSUs that are overloaded are capable of catching fire, something we later found out, we strongly advise against things being on fire. 

Modern games can run fairly well with lesser graphics cards they do have to make some sacrfices in terms of graphics and resolution to get acceptable frame rates.

If you are looking to upgrade to the best this generation has to offer then this could be the graphics card for you, this is a enthusiasts' card and is priced to match at 

$714 | 536 | £450 on amazon here in the UK 

As always check out our tools here on GD where you can compare graphics cards in terms of price to performance to find the best solution for you. 

While we cool our GPU down and turn off the fire alarm.