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Gigabyte Technology unveiled its innovative WindForce 5X cooling system back in the spring of 2012. Using as many as five small fans, the WindForce 5X looked so extraordinary that many people doubted that Gigabyte would ever really release such products. However, in the middle of the summer the company launched not one but two graphics cards equipped with that cooler: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 SOC WindForce 5X (GV-R797SO-3GD) and Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 SOC WindForce 5X (GV-N680SO-2GD). The former is already out of production due to the introduction of the faster GHz Edition whereas the latter is still available, even though at a rather steep price. It's the latter card that we're going to talk about today.

Technical Specifications

The detailed technical specifications of the new Gigabyte card are summed up in the table below side by side with those of the reference Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 (the differences are marked with bold font):

Packaging and Accessories

The graphics card is shipped in a large cardboard box. Key product-related information is listed on its front:


On the back of the box you can read detailed descriptions of the cooling system, employed technologies, exclusive overclocking and monitoring utility, etc.

Besides the graphics card, the box contains two adapter cables from PATA to 8-pin power connectors, a CD with drivers and utilities, an installation guide, and a promo booklet:

The accessories aren’t really gorgeous for a top-end product, we should confess.

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 SOC WindForce 5X is manufactured in Taiwan and costs $549. It comes with a 3-year warranty.

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