The competition for the fastest Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics card design seems to have been won by Point of View’s GeForce GTX 680 “BEAST/Backplate” video card using a rather simplistic cooling system and PCB.
Don’t get us wrong, there is nothing simple about a GTX 680 PCB
, but Point of View’s card doesn’t benefit from all the enhancements some Zotac GXT 680 cards come with.
The cooling system is comprised of two heatsinks cooled by three coolers. The side coolers are 8 centimeters in diameter, while the center cooler is 9-centimeter wide.
The first heatsink has two heatpipes drawing heat from the central GPU contact plate and the second heatsink has three.
While the cooling system is very capable and well designed, we can say that we’re not impressed, as we’ve seen much better with other occasions.
On the other hand, Point of View has strong confidence in its PCB and cooling system design and has decided to clock the GeForce GTX 680 “BEAST/Backplate” video card’s GPU at a very high 1162MHz.
Fudzilla’s Sanjin Rados has already tested
the new card from Point of View and he confirms that this is the fastest factory overclock on a GTX 680 video card at the moment.
The cooling system is very quiet even during prolonged gaming sessions, and the test sample has never surpassed the 71 degrees Celsius temperature level.
There is no information of pricing yet, but the card is estimated to be priced at more than €550, which is more than $675 for the American buyers.
Therefore, if you want the fastest GTX 680 graphics card based on Nvidia’s new Kepler architecture, but don’t want to dabble in overclocking, you have to make sure you have the right finances.