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EVGA GTX 680 Signature or Reference?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
August 8, 2012 6:10:54 PM

Hey guys, what is the difference between the reference GTX 680 and the Signature 680, other than the look of the card? I did some research but I could not find anything that compares them, thanks!
a c 216 U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 6:15:46 PM

The signature card has an extra power phase making overclocking a bit easier to achieve. It also requires a 8 pin and 6 pin power connection, instead of 2 6 pin connections.
August 8, 2012 6:16:53 PM

Ah, so if I want to overclock that is a better choice?
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a c 216 U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 6:19:29 PM

a c 216 U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 6:25:17 PM

Found a review for you:

EVGA are one of the first manufacturers enthusiasts call upon when looking to buy a premium PC component. Their Classified range is renown for being the weapon of choice for the very best overclockers worldwide. Thus EVGA and overclocking go hand in hand so it came as no surprise when we were heard they had unleashed a pre-overclocked GTX680.

Hailing from the Signature line, the EVGA SuperClocked GTX680 is a reference design with a slightly different cooler and as the name suggests, arrives pre-overclocked to 1084MHz(1150MHz) on the core and an effective 6208MHz memory clockspeed. Other key features are a 6+8 power design along with a 5 phase PWM design which should ensure a fair amount of overclocking headroom - something we will be examining later in the review.

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a c 212 U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 6:35:49 PM

Non-reference designs can have few or many modifications from the reference designs. The Asus TOP series. MSI Hawk / Lightning and EVGA Classified series are examples of cards which historically have many changes such as improved PCB's, better coolers, extra phase VRM's, VRM heatsinks etc.

Other models such as the EVGA SC which, again historically, have very little modifications. Here's how that shakes out with the 670
EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load
Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level).

If set on EVGA, and planning to OC, I'd get the Classified version. The SC Signature and SC Signature + just don't have what the Classified offers.

EVGA Classified 680 - 10,924 in 3DMark 11
a c 216 U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 6:38:59 PM

The EVGA SC is not the signature card which has a higher base OC.

That said, the signature card may not be the best card if you look at other options. They even have a new Signature 2 which is improved over the original.
August 8, 2012 7:34:59 PM

Yeah I saw the Signature 2. I just don't like the fact it blows hot air into my case lol
a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 10:15:47 PM

DrexelDragon93 said:
Yeah I saw the Signature 2. I just don't like the fact it blows hot air into my case lol

August 9, 2012 12:00:13 AM

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