Physical Layout

Nvidia has fitted this card out with a great looking reference cooler assembly and with the Zotac sticker on top, it looks great.

Zotac GTX 680

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Taking a look around to the back of the card we can see the exhaust holes and the display connectors.

Zotac GTX 680

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Along the side we see a nice GeForce GTX logo and some more exhaust holes near the rear of the card. You can also see the two SLi fingers which support upto 3 way SLi.

Zotac GTX 680

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The rear of the card doesn’t have a back plate which is unfortunate as it would have been nice to see on this high end card, also only four screws on the rear of the card can be undone, all the others have a non-standard head.

Zotac GTX 680

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Opening the screws around the side of the cooler allows for the Plastic shroud to be removed.

Zotac GTX 680

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Here’s the blower style fan. It’s very sturdy, with the coaxial design making it unlikely any of the blades would snap for any reason.

Zotac GTX 680

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The two six pin power connectors for the card have a strange layout, and can make installing power cables kind of difficult. On the upside we haven’t seen a high end Nvidia card not use a six+2 eight pin connector for a couple of generations so this is a nice surprise.

Zotac GTX 680

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Here’s the GK104 GPU.

Zotac GTX 680

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This is the bottom of the heatsink, showing that unlike the two previous generations of high end card it uses a very simple design. A chunk of Copper soldered to some aluminium fins, instead of the Vapour chamber on the GTX 580 and the massive in-your-face heatpipe assembly on the GTX 480.

Zotac GTX 680

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