EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC+ Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: April 8, 2012
Product Name: GTX 680 SC+
Part Number: 02G-P4-2684-KR
Warranty: 3 Years (Upgrades Available)
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A Closer Look at the EVGA GTX 680 SC+

The EVGA GTX 680 SC+ is based off of NVIDIA’s reference design and uses the standard cooling assembly so it retains a relatively short length of just 10”. Otherwise, things remain as usual other than for a few additional branding stickers EVGA has added.

EVGA has also kept the stacked dual 6-pin power connector setup which is unfortunate since even though it allows for a shorter PCB length, this design makes installation a bit of a hassle. Luckily, once the card is ready to go, you won’t be fiddling with these connectors much.

The crowning feature of the SC+ is the EVGA designed backplate. While its uses may be limited since the GTX 680’s memory modules are all housed on the card’s front side, its black anodized aluminum finish and cut out EVGA logo sure look great. Supposedly, this backplate will allow for slightly lower temperatures by more effectively cooling off the PCB but we would have liked to have seen the underside PWM controller get some love as well.

We did however encounter some slight installation issues. Since the backplate adds a bit of underside thickness to the card, motherboards with a ton of PCI-E capabilities like our ASUS P9X79 WS barely allow it to squeeze between the slot and memory modules. Be very careful when installing since even though it may look properly seated, the card may not be making full contact with the PCI-E slot unless you ensure EVGA’s backplate clears the memory.

The SC+ is compatible with two, three and four card SLI provided you motherboard supports each standard and enough space has been given around the SLI connectors to ensure a snug bridge fit.

Meanwhile, output connectors include everything you would need to run a quartet of concurrent displays: there is a pair of dual link DVI connectors as well as outputs for HDMI 1.4 and DisplyPort 1.2. Since all of these are full size and most current monitor support at least two of these formats, no adaptors are included.

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