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.
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