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Graphics Card Review: The Rectron Test Bench

It’s not every day you get to play with some of the latest and greatest kits available, but when it does arrive, some of the first things that go through your head is either, “how do I finance this?” or even better, “how do I sneak this out of the building?”


I have the distinct pleasure and privilege of introducing you to the first in a series of reviews about new and upcoming graphics cards, especially for the mid-range player – when finance is tight, and the bank manager (read: your spouse or otherwise significant other) is saying that new acquisitions are out of the picture this month, or any month for that matter. The GameZone Team and myself will be starting our own series of hardware reviews specifically tailored to that guy or girl, who needs to spend cash wisely and know that their investment’s lifetime is maximized.
Rectron Logo.JPG
To this end, we have a shiny new test-bench assembled, courtesy of the boys and girls of Rectron Cape Town, and this machine is pretty – very pretty!
It's big, its dark, and I am VERY happy to have this on my desk!


Let’s get the broad system specs listed sans graphics card, so you have an idea of the sheer beauty of this rig.
  • Corsair Graphite 600T series chassis
  • Corsair AX 1200i Power supply
  • Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard
  • Intel I7 3770K Processor
  • Corsair CWCH-80 processor liquid cooling assembly
  • Corsair Neutron 120GB SSD
  • Western Digital Bue 640GB HDD (laptop variation)
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum Series 16GB memory kit (9-10-9-27) – 8GB fitted
  • Samsung SSH 224BB Series DVDRW
This machine is a worthy contender for being a hardcore gaming machine for any comers. 

And finally the cherry on top:

Gigabyte GV-N680SO-2GD nVidia GTX 680


Who needs a box-shot? Just look at all them fans!

  • 256bit memory interface
  • 1137 MHz GPU speed
  • 6200 MHz RAM speed
  • 198.40 GB/s Memory bandwidt
  • Driver: nVidia 3.14.22 – general 3D set to “balance”
I mention the graphics card separately, as it is going to be the transient occupant of this monster machine’s chassis.


Nevertheless, let’s get some numbers out of this machine as it stands in its current configuration. Keep in mind that these figures are from a stock configuration, with no tweaking, overclocking, and the BIOS settings, OS, and graphics card at their otherwise “normal” settings. All tests packages are run three times, and the figures presented below are an average of those, with the exception of the Windows Test.

I’d also like to point out, that I’ve never done this before, and don’t have a frame of reference to start with; this machine is the first that I’ve run this battery of tests on. If you’d like to see other tests added to the mix, or variations on the existing tests, please feel free to comment and I’ll add them to this battery, and include them in future tests.

Windows Performance Score

(for those of you who actually use them)
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Processor 7.7
  • RAM 7.7
  • Graphics 7.9
  • Gaming Graphics 7.9
  • Primary HDD 7.9 
3DMark Vantage

  • 3dmark vantage test 1.JPG 
  • Preset settings are for “performance” mode (1280x1024; 1 multisample; optimal texture filtering), with three tests run and the average score is:

    • 3DMark Score 41467
    • Overall GPU Score 36206
    • Overall CPU Score 73501
    • GPU Test 1 109.05 fps
    • GPU Test 2 102.96 fps
    • CPU Test 1 3570.04 plans/s
    • CPU Test 2 263.17 steps/s
    • Feature Test 1 3649.95 gtexels/s
    • Feature Test 2 13.76 gpixels/s
    • Feature Test 3 106.26 fps
    • Feature Test 4 101.88 fps
    • Feature Test 5 125.09 fps
    • Feature Test 6 230.53 fps

    3DMark 11

    3dmark 11 test 1.JPG  
  • Preset settings are for “Performance” mode (1280x720; MSSA sample count - ; Max anisotropy count – 2)
    • 3DMArk Score 10032
    • Graphics Score 10596
    • Physics Score 8940
    • Combined Score 8256.33
    • Graphics Test 1 51.1 fps
    • Graphics Test 2 51.07 fps
    • Graphics Test 3 60.00 fps
    • Graphics Test 4 32.30 fps
    • Physics Test 28.40 fps
    • Combined Test 38.40 fps

    UniEngine Heaven Benchmark 4.0

    This particular package’s preset was set to “Extreme” (1600x900, 8x antialiasing, windowed mode)
    • FPS: 47.87
    • Score: 1205.33
    • Minimum FPS: 24.43
    • Maxumim FPS: 114.33

    X3: Terran Conflict Rolling Demo Benchmark

    terran conflict.jpg
    All presets for this demo and benchmark were set to “high” (1920x1080, 8x FSAA, 16x anisotropic, texture + shader set to “high”, vertex size set to 40 bytes, everything else – “enabled”
    • Scene “Trade” – average FPS 68.07
    • Scene “Trade” – minimum FPS 26.33
    • Scene “Trade” – maximum FPS 154.67
    • Scene “Fight” – average FPS 147.80
    • Scene “Fight” – minimum FPS 53.67
    • Scene “Fight” – maximum FPS 335.00
    • Scene “Build” – average FPS 202.07
    • Scene “Build” – minimum FPS 117.33
    • Scene “Build” – maximum FPS 442.33
    • Scene “Think” – average FPS 91.80
    • Scene “Think” – minimum FPS 49.00
    • Scene “Think” – maximum FPS 172.67

    Battlefield 3

    Graphical settings set to “Ultra”, 1920x1080 resolution, v-sync disabled, captured in FRAPS. Played first bit of Operation Swordbreaker, played 3 passes, using FRAPS:

    • Frames: 13454 - Time: 180000ms - Avg: 74.744 - Min: 54 - Max: 112
    • Frames: 13827 - Time: 180000ms - Avg: 76.817 - Min: 29 - Max: 136
    • Frames: 15080 - Time: 180000ms - Avg: 83.778 - Min: 63 - Max: 120

    Crysis 3

    Graphical settings set to 8x Antialiasing, “Very High” texture resolution, system spec set to “Very High”, 1920x1080 resolution, v-sync disabled; Played the intro mission getting into the loading area, 3 passes, using FRAPS:

    • Frames: 5278 - Time: 180000ms - Avg: 29.322 - Min: 22 - Max: 42
    • Frames: 5394 - Time: 180000ms - Avg: 29.967 - Min: 21 - Max: 42
    • Frames: 5664 - Time: 180000ms - Avg: 31.467 - Min: 22 - Max: 48


    because FRAPS is cool, Mom, OK??!!


    There is a lot of numbers presented above, and in a vacuum they won’t make much sense until more cards are added to the mix. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks while we add more numbers to the database – we’ll be busting out cards from some of the older machines we have lying around at the office, so that an objective comparison can be established while we prepare for the new range of mid-range cards coming soon!

    If you fancy getting yourself some of this kit, we’ll be providing pricing as well and where to get it! This model card, the Gigabyte GV-N680SO-2GD nVidia GTX 680 (and the rest of the machine in fact!), can be purchased locally at the following retailers:

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