Author: Adam Wilson
- Features & Specifications
- Test Setup & Benchmarking Procedure
- Testing - Suites
- Testing - Demos
- Testing - Full Games
- Testing - Frame Latency
- Final Thoughts
Sitting atop the blue PCB is an Arctic Accelero Hybrid Liquid/Air cooling system. Underneath the coolers shroud is an Asetek water block/pump combo, similar to the Antec 620/920, or Thermaltake WATER2.0 units. The block base itself is made of copper.
Cooling the RAM and VR is an intake fan capable of 2000 Rpm (+/- 10%), that intake air at an angle, pushes it over the pcb and water block, and then exhausts it out of the back of the i/o.
At the top of the PCB there are two SLI connectors, allowing this card to be part of a Dual or Tri-SLI setup. The iChill GTX 680 is powered by one 8-Pin PCI-E connector and one 6-Pin PCI-E connector.
Supporting the cards structure (and preventing the GPU from drooping) is a solid metal plate that covers the majority of the card.
The tubing that carries the coolant is rubber, and feels very durable. It exits from the top of the coolant shroud and connects to a 120mm radiator.
The radiator dimensions are 150 (L) x 120 (W) x 52.8 (H) mm. It is slightly longer than the 120mm fan (provided) that mounts upon it due to the liquid chambers atop and below the heat exchange area.
Powering the fan is the standard fan header on the card PCB, but to power the pump you need to connect the MOLEX power connector. The MOLEX cable isn’t very long, so routing it may be difficult if your chassis does not have sufficient cable routing holes.
The rear i/o is capable natively of 4 displays. Connections involved are as follows: One Single-Link DVI, one Dual-Link DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector.