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Nvidia GTX 680 Central - Reviews, Benchmarks, Unboxings & Videos!

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March 22, 2012 9:56:18 AM

I've done my best to organize as much of the information here as possible. It's kept me busy on something other than work, so that is worth the time alone! I've separated the information I've posted into Reviews, Retailers and Videos. Hope this is helpful, enjoy!

Newegg.com Product Unboxing and Benchmark for the EVGA GTX 680

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEPL1SilkJ8

The benchmark system they use is as follows:

Asus Sabertooth X79
Intel i7-3960k @ stock
Corsair Vengeance DD3 1600MHz

The beginning talks about the features of the card.

@4:31 seconds the actual scores start!


*** EVGA GTX 680 Product Line *** (Includes GTX 680 Hydro Copper Pics)

http://www.evga.com/articles/00669/#GTX680



*****EVGA Explains New Technology in the GTX 680 - Great info!*****

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLCDYVXiL-0



**Nvidia drivers are now available for download... looks like the included drivers from the cd are only for the 600 series.

64-Bit http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7-winvista-64bit-301.10...

32-Bit http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7-winvista-32bit-301.10...

**Here is the updated information from Nvidia's website regarding the new GTX 680!!!!

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...
March 22, 2012 10:30:05 AM

NDA lifts at 9AM Est.

Will continue to post news as I hear it.
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March 22, 2012 10:49:53 AM

You can locate another full review through This Thread.
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March 22, 2012 12:09:48 PM

GTX 680 REVIEWS

HardwareHeaven *****ASUS GeForce GTX 680 OC vs MSI Lightning R7970 OC vs GTX 580 OC Performance Review*****

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1455/pg1/asus-gef...

Guru3d *****GTX 680 SLI Review *****

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-sli-revie...

Tom's Hardware (Does it like a boss)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-rev...

AnandTech:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5699/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...

HardOCP

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/03/22/nvidia_kepler...

Guru3d:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-review/

Overclock3D

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/gpu_displays/nvidia_...

Overclockers Club

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_gtx680/

TechPowerUp

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...

Hardware Canucks:

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

Hardware Heaven:

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1452/pg1/nvidia-g...

VR-Zone

http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-gtx-680-2gb-overclocki...

Eurogamer

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/df-hardware-nvidia-gt...

PC-Mag:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2401953,00.asp

Hi Tech Legion:

http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/video-cards/17722

LegitReviews

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1881/1/

Tweak Town

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4622/nvidia_geforce_gt...

TechRadar

http://beta.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/...

Hothardware

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-680-R...

Time Magazine

http://techland.time.com/2012/03/22/nvidia-geforce-gtx-...
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March 22, 2012 12:15:52 PM

ONLINE RETAILERS

Newegg ***** OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT *****

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

If you're purchasing the GTX 680 from Newegg.com, it is confirmed that the following promo code will work for FREE SHIPPING! This does not expire until 4/1.

FREE SHIPPING PROMO CODE!
EMCNGHJ22

Fry's Sold Out

http://www.frys.com/search?resultpage=0&start=0&rows=25...

CompUSA Sold Out

http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/search....

TigerDirect Sold Out

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/sea...

NCIX Sold Out

http://us.ncix.com/search/?q=GeForce+GTX+680

ShopBLT Sold Out

http://www.shopblt.com/cgi-bin/shop/shop.cgi?action=ent...!ORDERID!

Amazon Sold Out

http://www.amazon.com/PNY-GeForce-Graphics-Cards-VCGGTX...
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-DisplayPort-Graphics...


Update:
The following are sold out on Newegg.com

Asus GTX680-2GD5
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR
Gigabyte GV-N680D5-2GD
PNY VCGGTX680PB
ZOTAC ZT-60101-10P
Galaxy 68NPH6DV5ZGX


UK RETAILERS (Ty to Devastater61)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=7...


http://www.scan.co.uk/index.aspx?NT=1-0-17-1024-0
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March 22, 2012 12:20:45 PM

Some Useful Videos:

Newegg.com Product Unboxing and Benchmark for the EVGA GTX 680 (Includes SLI Benchmark)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEPL1SilkJ8


EVGA Introducing EVGA Precision X & NVIDIA GPU Boost

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDnGjIxb1E0


EVGA Official Unboxing Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDnGjIxb1E0


HiTechLegion.com NVIDIA GTX 680 Overclocking Guide with EVGA Precision Tool *** Great Info ***

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iCEuGSB7os


LinusTechTips Galaxy NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card Unboxing & First Look Linus Tech Tips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBcv4rPoBFM


LinusTechTips Galaxy GTX 680 Real World Benchmarks 1080P Performance Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaPYEOUH7LE


LinusTechTips Galaxy NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Overclocking Guide & 7970 Performance Review Linus Tech Tips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRChkEvBXQA


LinusTechTips GTX 680 Power, Temperatures and Acoustics Versus HD 7970 Reference & Non-Reference Linus Tech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-svRvAjgfLQ

Eteknix Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Kepler New Features With Tom From Nvidia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfEr3QA1RJQ


***DUTCH***
hardwareinfovideo nVidia GeForce GTX 680 review - Hardware.Info TV (Dutch)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ0nTK_tYQU
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March 22, 2012 12:51:18 PM

Out on tom'shardware!!
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March 22, 2012 1:01:56 PM

refillable said:
Out on tom'shardware!!


ty. updated!
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March 22, 2012 1:05:48 PM

Ironwilly said:
In addition, the early word I've heard is that the card may officially be released around 12:00 EST. This isn't confirmed, but it is a rumor.

NDA lifts at 9AM Est.

Will continue to post news as I hear it.


NewEgg release their 680s at 0600 PST. I got lucky and got 2 EVGA 680s. They sold out in about 1 min. I must have refreshed screen 100 times lol. Freaking Pumped!
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March 22, 2012 1:09:13 PM

Congrats Swolern! Be sure to post your impressions when you get them!
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March 22, 2012 1:11:37 PM

Ironwilly said:
Congrats Swolern! Be sure to post your impressions when you get them!


Thanks. Will do. 3 day shipping can't come soon enough!
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March 22, 2012 1:18:26 PM

Swolern I posted a few videos specific to the EVGA cards under the video section. Might be useful. Talks a lot about how to overclock them and the features they offer.
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March 22, 2012 1:19:00 PM

Funny how 7970 is still at $550...it needs to drop to 449.99 or less to be atractive and 7950 to $350 level
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March 22, 2012 1:22:43 PM

Well, Newegg is just about sold out! All they have left is the Galaxy cards. Being that they are all reference cards, the only thing different is the facade and the stickers.
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March 22, 2012 1:26:23 PM

How is Galaxy's rma process...? I've always gone with EVGA :/ 
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March 22, 2012 1:32:18 PM

Galaxy is actually a reputable company. They've been in business for a long time and made many parts and products for top manufacturers to slap their names on. I think they've just recently began to market to the public, but they have a good reputation. I've owned their products but never had one serviced.

http://www.galaxytech.com/
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March 22, 2012 1:38:43 PM

Anyone know where else you can pick these up?
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March 22, 2012 1:39:21 PM

Ironwilly said:
Swolern I posted a few videos specific to the EVGA cards under the video section. Might be useful. Talks a lot about how to overclock them and the features they offer.


Ya I've been watching them. Great vids. Thanks.
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March 22, 2012 1:43:25 PM

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1452/pg5/nvidia-g...

Is also another OC review, mostly blows GTX 680 out of the water, puts some games about equal. Scaling WORSE. So comparing OC to OC, the 7970 performs better than stock auto oc'ing 680. Will be interesting to see more OC card compared to 680 reviews.
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March 22, 2012 1:44:32 PM

ubercake said:
Anyone know where else you can pick these up?



I have an online retailers section about halfway down. Those are all the sites I've been informed of so far. They've sold out pretty fast though. Will continue to update you asap :) 

Update: All the major retailers are out of stock at this point. Your best shot is probably local computer shops that didn't have employee's greedy enough to buy them already.
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March 22, 2012 1:53:40 PM

Really!! AMD needs to make prices down! Whatever they do, the'll just make us happier :D 

7970- $450
7950- $350
7870- $300
7850- $200
7770- $150
7750- $100
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March 22, 2012 2:29:53 PM

Alrighty, I've updates as much as I can so far, if you haven't refreshed in a while take another look. I think I had better get some work done. Going to continue to update as more info comes in, if it does. It seems like it may be hard to find a card in stock for at least a few days longer, but if anyone knows of a retailer that has them in stock, be sure to post.

I know there are more review sites out there, but I think I covered most of the major ones. We should all at least have a good idea of what this card can do by now and whether or not it's a desirable upgrade.

Thanks for all that helped with the information and good luck to those still trying to find their cards!
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March 22, 2012 3:22:46 PM

Thanks for putting it all together for us IronWilly. Great info.
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March 22, 2012 3:30:26 PM

I fear the price is going to go up for these things since they can't keep them in stock.
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March 22, 2012 3:42:08 PM

ubercake said:
I fear the price is going to go up for these things since they can't keep them in stock.


Unfortunately it's true.
PRICE = DEMAND
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March 22, 2012 4:28:55 PM

Just checked some reviews.
Basically Nvidia GTX 680 is faster, less noise, consumes less, have a better performance/watt, finally have multimonitors support, and it's cheaper than the AMD HD7970.

I can't see how AMD will sell their HD7970 unless it's priced cheaper than GTX 680. They need to slash about 100 dollars to make it a good buy.
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March 22, 2012 11:36:25 PM

nrnx said:
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1452/pg5/nvidia-g...

Is also another OC review, mostly blows GTX 680 out of the water, puts some games about equal. Scaling WORSE. So comparing OC to OC, the 7970 performs better than stock auto oc'ing 680. Will be interesting to see more OC card compared to 680 reviews.


Here is one manual OC to manual OC. The 7970 needs to come down in price big-time to compete with the new cheaper champ.
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_gtx680/4...
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March 23, 2012 10:53:53 AM

Swolern said:
Here is one manual OC to manual OC. The 7970 needs to come down in price big-time to compete with the new cheaper champ.
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_gtx680/4...

In this review and in others where Nvidia Surround is compared to eyefinity, the 680 with its meager 2GB still beats the 3GB 7970 in everything but the Heaven 3 benchmark. What gives? Everyone always argues that the AMD flagship cards with their additional RAM would beat the Nvidia cards at higher resolutions, but any review suggests otherwise.

So really, what's the argument for buying AMD 7000 series cards now? OK. There are a few reviews out there arguing that an OC'd AMD card provides better performance, but this overclockersclub.com review suggests otherwise. Additionally, overclocking is an inexact science. Not all cards are created equal when it comes to this. It's a hit or miss proposition. Will the AMD card you buy overclock well or not? You just don't know. Additionally, you overclock, you void your warranty.

Why not pay less for guaranteed stable performance?
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March 23, 2012 12:55:46 PM

BigMack70 said:
The argument for the 7xxx series would be that overclocked, it's about the same as an overclocked 680 (trades blows depending on the game).

However, for more money, there's no reason to get a 7970 now. If they were the same price and you were willing to OC, then you can really take your pick between the two.


Make sure you're looking at OC 7970 vs OC 680. There has been a lot of misleading reviews that are actually OC 7970 vs turbo boost 680.
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March 23, 2012 1:08:31 PM

Some opportunists are selling the 680s (I'm guessing they purchased elsewhere) on Amazon now for around $630.
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March 23, 2012 1:15:11 PM

Well is that true if OC 7970 = OC 680? I don't believe that...
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March 23, 2012 8:01:20 PM

refillable said:
Well is that true if OC 7970 = OC 680? I don't believe that...


I've looked at a ton of reviews and it looks to me that 7970 OC = 680 stock with boost. Then if you know what your doing when OCing as the OverclockersClub do (shown in the link above) then 680 OC beats the 7970 OC in every game period, a few were close but most were 10-30% more performance for the 680. Highest I saw was Mafia 2 @ 2560x1080 OC vs OC and the 680 beat the 7970 by a whopping 63%. Don't know if the 7970 drivers had some issues with that game or not.
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March 23, 2012 8:32:29 PM

not happy with overclock 3d's benchmark,especially their benchmark with Dirt 3.On all other reviews,the 680 maintains clear lead over the 7970 when it comes to Dirt 3.
Also they're using 8x MSAA in every benchmark.If it had been 4x MSAA,I wouldn't have complained because its acceptable.But it seems irrelevant to use 8x MSAA in benchmark settings when the 680 can do equivalent to 16x MSAA at a performance cost of 2x MSAA by using TXAA.
So it seems it was particularly meant to make the 680 look bad against the 7970.But still they failed in most cases.
Other reviews like Techpowerup,Anandtech and the one by Tom's were the best suites for me.

Also someone please and I repeat PLEASE...,if possible show me a benchmark between a 680 and a evga 560 ti 2win.Since I had speculated long before that the full GK104 will be equivalent to this dual chip card and still believe give similar FPS.Perhaps it may give us some good ideas about how the new architecture behaves differently from previous architecture.Remember the GK104 has evolved from the GF114 chip.
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March 23, 2012 8:55:21 PM

All said... their benchmarks may be valid but there's no valid reason for pitching the cards at 8x MSAA.
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March 24, 2012 5:21:58 AM

^Thanx for the reply and thanx again if you find some charts,it would be very helpful.
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March 24, 2012 8:58:59 AM

Ok,found it.Maybe I had missed it in the beginning but it seems like hothardware were smart enough to include both the cards in their review.It seems that evga 2win sits right between the 680 in the front and 7970 in the back.However it only gets different when it comes to Alien vs Predator,here the 7970 takes quite a lead over the 680 but surprisingly the evga 2win blows both of them wholesale and even an 680 OC doesn't seem to close the gap.
That said,I give my hats off to nvidia for coming out with a card(GK104) that boasts more than 2x the performance of its previous generation(GF114).Not moving too much on how they position this card right now,with all the talk about the GTX x80 class and all that,and we all know the prices aren't carved in the stone.Now that we know the demand and saw how fast these cards sold out,a $500 initial price tag is justified.But I'm pretty sure that 2 months from now the picture will be largely different.
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March 24, 2012 3:48:43 PM

***I added the HardwareHeaven OC review to the list (above) as well as the Guru3d SLI review. Check them out if you get a chance. ***

The thing I really appreciate about Nvidia cards, and the reason I continue to purchase their products, is that they offer new features with every new product line. Whether it's PhysX or the new TXAA, even the Geforce Boost... they go above and beyond just offering a speed increase. And I love PhysX...

If AMD offered the same features I would look more closely at their cards. Simply put, at a similar price point and performance, I will always go with the brand that offers the best features that I will use. Unfortunately for AMD, not everyone has a tri-monitor rig yet. In that area, I feel like Eyefinity 2.0 really does it right, even though Nvidia seems to have narrowed the gap. With the best offerings from both manufacturers being so close in performance, I simply cannot justify purchasing the AMD for my needs. The $50 difference between the reference 7970s and the 680s further compounds the value of Nvidia's new card. As soon as the non-reference cards make their way to the market, which looks like it might be the first week of April, I'll be upgrading my two 570s to 680s.
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March 24, 2012 3:59:37 PM

Anik8 said:
not happy with overclock 3d's benchmark,especially their benchmark with Dirt 3.On all other reviews,the 680 maintains clear lead over the 7970 when it comes to Dirt 3.
Also they're using 8x MSAA in every benchmark.If it had been 4x MSAA,I wouldn't have complained because its acceptable.But it seems irrelevant to use 8x MSAA in benchmark settings when the 680 can do equivalent to 16x MSAA at a performance cost of 2x MSAA by using TXAA.
So it seems it was particularly meant to make the 680 look bad against the 7970.But still they failed in most cases.
Other reviews like Techpowerup,Anandtech and the one by Tom's were the best suites for me.

Also someone please and I repeat PLEASE...,if possible show me a benchmark between a 680 and a evga 560 ti 2win.Since I had speculated long before that the full GK104 will be equivalent to this dual chip card and still believe give similar FPS.Perhaps it may give us some good ideas about how the new architecture behaves differently from previous architecture.Remember the GK104 has evolved from the GF114 chip.

Just go with 2 560ti hawks and overclock them both to 1ghz, they will outperform even an overclocked 7970.
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March 24, 2012 5:33:37 PM

dude... that would exceed the performance of 2x GF114,so that's not what I want to compare,get it. :) 
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March 24, 2012 5:48:35 PM

@Ironwilly,
well stated,
And yes.... me too,eager to grab one of those non reference cards.I hear zotac is gearing up to release a 2GHz edition of the GTX 680.Check below :-
http://translate.google.co.in/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&j...
Its not impossible as if you look at the backside of the reference PCB,you'll find nvidia has built circuitry to allow connect one 8-pin connector overlapped on a 6-pin connector and another 6-pin connector so as to feed 375W.That said,I'll now see how much MSI can push their Twin Frozer 3 variants as for me quality matters first. :sol: 
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March 24, 2012 8:29:54 PM

Ironwilly said:
***I added the HardwareHeaven OC review to the list (above) as well as the Guru3d SLI review. Check them out if you get a chance. ***

The thing I really appreciate about Nvidia cards, and the reason I continue to purchase their products, is that they offer new features with every new product line. Whether it's PhysX or the new TXAA, even the Geforce Boost... they go above and beyond just offering a speed increase. And I love PhysX...

If AMD offered the same features I would look more closely at their cards. Simply put, at a similar price point and performance, I will always go with the brand that offers the best features that I will use. Unfortunately for AMD, not everyone has a tri-monitor rig yet. In that area, I feel like Eyefinity 2.0 really does it right, even though Nvidia seems to have narrowed the gap. With the best offerings from both manufacturers being so close in performance, I simply cannot justify purchasing the AMD for my needs. The $50 difference between the reference 7970s and the 680s further compounds the value of Nvidia's new card. As soon as the non-reference cards make their way to the market, which looks like it might be the first week of April, I'll be upgrading my two 570s to 680s.


I agree. Maxed PhysX on Batman AC is simply jaw-dropping and refuse to play without it. The only thing is max PhysX on Arkham City is extremely taxing on the GPU, so hopefully the 680 will take care of that.

From what I've been reading on EVGA forums is that the non-reference 680s won't be out for a few months. With the new architecture it's going to take 3rd party companies a while to tweak the boards for optimum performance that will still remain stable. I believe the first week of April is when the 680 reference cards will be restocked by Nvidia which are currently all sold out. So when April comes around you need to be ready to buy quick because I have a strong feeling they are going to sell out just as quick as first wave cause these cards are in extremely high demmand. Only place to get them right now is eBay @ a inflated price of $700-$800. My 680s still haven't come in yet, UPS is taking their damn time!
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March 24, 2012 8:37:27 PM

Anik8 said:
@Ironwilly,
well stated,
And yes.... me too,eager to grab one of those non reference cards.I hear zotac is gearing up to release a 2GHz edition of the GTX 680.Check below :-
http://translate.google.co.in/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&j...
Its not impossible as if you look at the backside of the reference PCB,you'll find nvidia has built circuitry to allow connect one 8-pin connector overlapped on a 6-pin connector and another 6-pin connector so as to feed 375W.That said,I'll now see how much MSI can push their Twin Frozer 3 variants as for me quality matters first. :sol: 


2GHz Holy $&@#%. Man that makes me think @ selling my reference cards on eBay @ a inflated price also and pick up those. But man what kind of cooling would this card need to keep 2GHz stable. The world record is 1.9GHz and that's cooled with liquid nitrogen. If possible it would live up to its "Godly Graphics" statement. I don't know @ the mid April suspected release date, that would be awesome, but I remain skeptical.
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March 25, 2012 3:14:05 PM

Swolern said:
I agree. Maxed PhysX on Batman AC is simply jaw-dropping and refuse to play without it. The only thing is max PhysX on Arkham City is extremely taxing on the GPU, so hopefully the 680 will take care of that.

From what I've been reading on EVGA forums is that the non-reference 680s won't be out for a few months. With the new architecture it's going to take 3rd party companies a while to tweak the boards for optimum performance that will still remain stable. I believe the first week of April is when the 680 reference cards will be restocked by Nvidia which are currently all sold out. So when April comes around you need to be ready to buy quick because I have a strong feeling they are going to sell out just as quick as first wave cause these cards are in extremely high demmand. Only place to get them right now is eBay @ a inflated price of $700-$800. My 680s still haven't come in yet, UPS is taking their damn time!



Batman AC with max PhysX is still finicky on my GTX 570 SLI rig, but if I tone down the rest of the settings a little it runs beautifully. It's a gorgeous game though and it's one of my favorite PhysX titles.

I hear little rumors and tidbits just through my job, and my understanding is that Asus and Gigabyte are both relatively close to releasing their enhanced GTX 680s. In regards to EVGA, I haven't read or heard anything as far as release dates go. EVGA is normally pretty fast to release their cards as well, after all it is their bread and butter. We'll see, take it for what it's worth. It doesn't sound to me like we'll be waiting more than a few weeks to see some upgraded cards on the market, but only time will tell.

This is directly from Tom's Hardware, in their Gtx 680 review:
(Update: Nvidia also claims that a quantity of boards are arriving to AIBs every day, so keep checking online. The "early April" guesstimate referred to what the company calls "going virtual," where its partners will start shipping their own customized designs and volume ramps up substantially. We'll be keeping an eye on the availability story in the meantime; as of 3/25, there are none available)
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March 25, 2012 3:27:21 PM

In regards to the 2GHz "Godly" overclocked GTX 680, I think this is more of imagination run wild that it is based on something in development. Not to say it isn't possible, but the highest overclocks I've heard about were still under 2GHz core and they required LN2 just to get there. There are early rumors that cards, such as EVGA's Classified, will be weighing in at close to or around 1.9GHz...

That said, we can always hope! :) 

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&tl...
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