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Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Graphics Cards Vendor Roundup

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With the announcement of EVGA's GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked and GTX 680 SC+ w/Backplate, we take a look at the current available Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 models

Last week, we saw the release of the GeForce GTX 680 reference cards hit the market (if you were lucky enough to grab one up for before they disappeared). Now, we've put together a roundup of the currently available GeForce GTX 680s so you can better find the one that's right for you. 

EVGA

EVGA has released its non-reference cards, the GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked and GeForce GTX 680 SC+ w/Backplate. The EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked improves on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1058 MHz (Stock-1006 MHz), with boost clock of 1113 MHz (Stock-1058 MHz). The memory has further been tuned with a stock frequency of 6208 MHz (Stock-6008 MHz).

Asus



The Asus GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6008 MHz. It features Asus Exclusive GPU Tweak utility helps you modify and tune clock speeds, voltages, and fan performance via an intuitive interface. 

MSI



The MSI GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6008 MHz. It features MSI's Afterburner utility. This utility enables all MSI graphics cards users to boost performance and to monitor all kinds of critical information in real-time.

Gigabyte



The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6008 MHz.

PNY



The PNY GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6008 MHz. PNY is offering a bonus 16ft Smart Active High Speed HDMI Cable with its GPU, along with a $29.99 MIR to cover the cost of the cable.

Galaxy


The Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6008 MHz.

Zotac


The Zotac GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6008 MHz. Zotac has bundled in two game packs: 1 x Zotac Assassin's Creed 3-Game Pack and 1 x TrackMania 2 Canyon 3-Day Game Pass

Palit


The Palit GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6008 MHz.

Palit


The Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream improves on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1084 MHz (Stock-1006 MHz), with boost clock of 1150 MHz (Stock-1058 MHz). The memory has further been tuned with a stock frequency of 6300 MHz (Stock-6008 MHz). The JetStream features a three fan design to improve upon the thermal performance of the reference design. The design makes the JetStream a 2.5 slot width card and support for only 2-way SLI.

Gainward


The Gainward GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6008 MHz.

Gainward


The Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom improves on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1084 MHz (Stock-1006 MHz), with boost clock of 1150 MHz (Stock-1058 MHz). The memory has further been tuned with a stock frequency of 6300 MHz (Stock-6008 MHz). The Phantom features Gainward's new “Phantom II ” Cooler design to improve upon the thermal performance of the reference design. The design makes the Phantom a 2.5 slot width card and support for only 2-way SLI.

Club


The Club 3D GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6000 MHz.

Inno3D


The Inno3D GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6000 MHz.

Point of View


The Point of View GeForce GTX 680 is based on Nvidia's reference design with the base clock of 1006 MHz, with boost clock of 1058 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 running at a stock frequency of 6000 MHz.

The reference GeForce GTX 680 GPUs pack 1536 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit memory interface, a PCI-Express 3.0 bus interface, 3D Vision Surround and SLI support, and dual-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.

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    bourgeoisdude , March 30, 2012 6:09 PM
    I think it'd be nice if, just to see how much difference it makes, you could do a roundup of benchmarking tests of the same graphics card from multiple vendors.
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    happyballz , March 30, 2012 6:39 PM
    Whatever you do... DO NOT BUY FROM GALAXY: they got terrible customer support. I still cringe when I think of that 9800GX2 that I bought from them awhile ago.
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    lockhrt999 , March 30, 2012 6:21 PM
    XFX! We are missing you. Now that nVidia aren't power hog any more please reconsider them producing.
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  • 16 Hide
    bourgeoisdude , March 30, 2012 6:09 PM
    I think it'd be nice if, just to see how much difference it makes, you could do a roundup of benchmarking tests of the same graphics card from multiple vendors.
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    theuniquegamer , March 30, 2012 6:17 PM
    It would be nice to see all these cards in the stock specially the superclocked plus card.
  • 12 Hide
    lockhrt999 , March 30, 2012 6:21 PM
    XFX! We are missing you. Now that nVidia aren't power hog any more please reconsider them producing.
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    Lord Captivus , March 30, 2012 6:28 PM
    "support for only 2-way SLI"...
    Im crying inside thinking about a guy reading this and saying: "WHAT!! Only 2 GTX680!! Thats crazy!! Its like playing Skyrim at 120 FPS! Am i back in the 90s!!"
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    happyballz , March 30, 2012 6:39 PM
    Whatever you do... DO NOT BUY FROM GALAXY: they got terrible customer support. I still cringe when I think of that 9800GX2 that I bought from them awhile ago.
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    upgrade_1977 , March 30, 2012 6:41 PM
    Waiting for 4gb Evga HC Classified. I'll never buy from Asus again. Bought 3 monitor's from them, one got dead pixel lines after 3 weeks of light usage, and there customer support was "HORRIBLE", I bought it new, and it said it came with an 3 year warranty, and an advanced RMA, but they wouldn't do an advanced RMA, and tried pushing a regular RMA on me, and then was gonna send me a used monitor. I refused. Luckily newegg is doing a refund.

    Thats the last thing i'll ever buy from Asus..

    On a side note, I RMA'd a graphics card through evga a few years back, and their support is excellent.
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    robochump , March 30, 2012 6:50 PM
    In most benchmarks the additional costs for boosting the clock speeds is never worth it. If it does not affect cost over base price then an ok perk.
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    Onus , March 30, 2012 6:56 PM
    Edit: the title was fixed.

    Now I just want to see what happens to prices all across the graphics card spectrum over the next month or three.
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    spookyman , March 30, 2012 7:09 PM
    upgrade_1977Waiting for 4gb Evga HC Classified. I'll never buy from Asus again. Bought 3 monitor's from them, one got dead pixel lines after 3 weeks of light usage, and there customer support was "HORRIBLE", I bought it new, and it said it came with an 3 year warranty, and an advanced RMA, but they wouldn't do an advanced RMA, and tried pushing a regular RMA on me, and then was gonna send me a used monitor. I refused. Luckily newegg is doing a refund.Thats the last thing i'll ever buy from Asus.. On a side note, I RMA'd a graphics card through evga a few years back, and their support is excellent.


    I never had a problem with their RMA process
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 30, 2012 7:11 PM
    bourgeoisdudeI think it'd be nice if, just to see how much difference it makes, you could do a roundup of benchmarking tests of the same graphics card from multiple vendors.


    Tom's normally does that... so expect something like that in the near future!
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    crisan_tiberiu , March 30, 2012 7:13 PM
    Palit FTW :) 
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    Crush3d , March 30, 2012 7:21 PM
    Can't wait to use EVGA's Step Up program to go to a 680. Great idea, great product, great company.
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    Devastater6194 , March 30, 2012 7:25 PM
    Why are two of them limited to only 2 way SLI? I swear the reference is 4 way capable?!?
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    Devastater6194 , March 30, 2012 8:05 PM
    jacekringBecause they are 2.5 slot width cards, so you couldn't physically place more then 2 on your mobo. As each card uses only 1 slot, but blocks 2 slots. Since the standard is to space the PCIE slots every other slot, and these take 2.5 slots it covers half of the next slot. So these would only work in slot 1 & 3, 1 & 4, or 2 & 4. That's why they are 2 way. Possibly if you remove the cooling system and replace it with a slim line which only takes a max of 2 slots you can get 4 way SLI.

    So they are only limited by their size rather than the actual card. Okay that makes more sense.
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    noobalert , March 30, 2012 8:07 PM
    order one of the PNY's last weekend from the PNY online shop, It arrived this past Wednesday Cost me around $550 with 2day shipping. I now see they want $579.99 +shipping good luck with that, but they're probably the only vendor online sill with stock on hand right now.

    I refused the shipment at the door, in hopes that the 4gig versions will arrive sooner then previously projected. Fingers Crossed :) 
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    Derbixrace , March 30, 2012 8:07 PM
    thats nice, just out of curiosity, how much did Nvidia pay you for this? i mean you havent done anything like this for AMD 7970s and they have excisted longer!
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    upgrade_1977 , March 30, 2012 8:56 PM
    spookymanI never had a problem with their RMA process
    I was promised an advanced RMA through Asus on there product page and there website. Many people with same problem. Read the reviews on newegg. Plenty of people with same problem.
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    amuffin , March 30, 2012 10:34 PM
    Guess none of the custom coolers are available from MSI or ASUS yet. No Direct CU II or Twinfrozr III.
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