Kepler Unveiled: Nvidia's GTX 680 Benchmarked In-Depth!

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JohnP

Getting firmed up now for BIG KEPLER: September-October release date, name still tentatively GTS685, GK110 core, 2304 CUDA cores, 512 bit 4,096MB memory bus, 250 watts and about a 120-125% speed bump over the GTX680. Price will be a reasonable $600-$650.

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ness64

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ALwKeSEYs

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maverick knight

The title says Keplar but the rest of the article name is Kepler. Which one is it? I am under the impression that is named Kepler...

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The_4th_Horseman

its kepler

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noobstix

"Adaptive Vsync" and a "Turbo Mode" for the GPU...very interesting. Well if Nvidia has this upper edge within the next decade, I may think about buying a Geforce in the future (as soon as my MSI card gives out or proves inept for gaming).

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alexw1234

Dang! That puppy must fold like a *****! 1536 cuda cores, makes me cry, I just bought a GTX 560 ti for folding a month ago.

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bpstone

It is not a clean cut win. ... Choosing either AMD's 7970 or Nvidia's 680 would be a good choice for a gamer. If you are running a single monitor, then get a mid-range GPU instead.

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haticK

Bought an EVGA one off Newegg, should be here tomorrow. Replacing a 260 lol

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The_4th_Horseman

I will say one thing. YOU NEEDED IT. lol

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The_4th_Horseman

^ was supposed to be a comment on another post. god damn firefox. The ONE time im not using chrome......... ANYWAY. I seriously want the 110 version of these cards. They look amazing.

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LatiosXT

I saw the power consumption and literally went "What the f$@#!?" The GTX 680 is a freakin' efficient beast!

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chart2006

Been waiting for a LONG time... I'm ready to retire my GTX 280. Just picked up a 680 this morning on Newegg. Show as having stock so we will see. The only downfall is my rig is still an AMD AM3 w/ Phenom II X4 970 setup. I've been looking at an Intel X79 setup for just under $700. It would cost under $1200 for a base Sandy Bridge-E w/ GTX 680 setup. I think I'll stick with my current setup just with the added GTX680 for the time being as I don't want to spent too much $$ otherwise my wife will murder me as much as I want it.

Hmm... I wonder if I can set the 280 as a PhysX card even though my mobo is not of the 990FX equivalent? I know only the 990 chipset is "authorized" for SLI but this isn't really SLI. Anyone know?

My wife bought me BF3 a while back and I've only played a few hours of it because it looks horrible on my 280 and I've been putting it off until I did my GPU upgrade. Now I'll have an excuse to play BF3. Wanted to wait for Kepler to see prices drop with the Radeon HD 7000 series but didn't expect Nvidias' top single GPU card to outperform AMDs by this much with a lower price point. The 7970s are around the 550 mark while the 680 is 500. That's a huge win in my book. YAY

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themohawkadmin

You don't need SLI support to use a second Nvidia GPU as a physX card. Just stick it in, and set the second gpu to "PhysX" under the Nvidia Control panel. :)

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avenger48

I do seem to remember their being an issue using DX10 cards as physx cards for a DX11 primary when I looked into doing that with my old 9800 GTX. Some sort of driver incompatibility. I would guess they've fixed it (I researched it like 2 yrs ago) but look into it.

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chart2006

I didnt think SLI certification was required but it has been a long time. My worry is compatibility with the 280. The 680 is a beast while the 280 is power hungry so I may not even bother.

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Papaspud

Mine is on the way, Newegg is sold out already....that took all of 30 minutes. Been itching to replace my 2-285 gtx's for a while now, finally saw the product that made me pull the trigger. This card looks like a winner, and yes it is expensive, but it should be good for another 3-4 years.

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ocnier

The problem with both cards IMO is that the $500 price point is crazy for an entry level premier SINGLE gpu card. The 5970 (a DUAL gpu) card 3 years ago was at this price point around $500-550 with the single gpu 5870 at around $300. Production cost can't have gone up that much. What gives?

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aferrara50

inflation

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stradric

This isn't the crushing defeat we usually witness whenever Nvidia retakes the crown. I'd say AMD is giving Nvidia quite a run for its money these days. And that makes me happy because I've been purchasing RADEONs for about a decade now.

With that being said, ATI cards usually have an obvious price/performance benefit over Nvidia cards. This is not the case here.

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Refuge88

This isn't the card that was supposed to demolish them. They are still holding back the new Keplar chip because of yields being poor. Give it time and you will see Nvidia take its great leap forward.

Not to sound like a Nvidia fanboy, but it looks like ATI is about to lose at almost every turn this round. So long as Nvidia delivers on the mid range, which if rumors are correct (Worth a grain of salt) they will.

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avenger48

This is a GK104 card, or the Kepler equivalent of the 560ti. The GK110 (the BIG chip) is being held in reserve to avoid yield and cost issues and because GK104 can still beat the 7970. Rumor is GK110 has as much as a 50% performance gain over GK104, and will be released later this year as a response to the 7990, and titled either the 685 or the 780.

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damicatz

I don't remember the 560TI ever selling for $500. The most I ever saw it for was $300 and that's with the usual big-box retail mark up. A 560TI can be hard online for less than $250.

If NVIDIA's "Middle of the Line" card is $500, just how much do they expect people to pay for the GK110?

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avenger48

That's the million dollar question. The reason this is so expensive is because it matches performance with an equally priced AMD card (the 7970). Is it unethical? I'm not sure, but they are still giving you a better price to performance ratio than AMD.

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Klausey

nVidia's pricing scheme makes zero sense if this card is actually available for that price.

That said, I have to give kudos to nVidia for forcing AMD to lower their prices.

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avenger48

It makes perfect sense. This uses a very small die, and costs much less to produce than the 7970. nVidia can force AMD into a pricing war where they will either take a loss on every unit they sell or lose sales volume due to the 680 being cheaper. Either way, nVidia still makes money on every card sold, as estimates I have read put these at between $250 and $300 to fully produce, badge, and ship to retailers. nVidia can then roll out their GK110 card at like $5-600 once this hits around $350, and make a tidy profit while AMD sweats.

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biggiebob12345

Exactly right. It'll probably take a month though before AMD drops the 7970 pricetag. OEM's aren't going to be happy that their profit margins are going to drop.

I can see why Nvidia said a few weeks ago that they were expecting more from AMD.

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CaptainFabulous

I'll be interesting to see if AMD will respond by lowering prices.

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Danthrax66

They have to the 680 is $50 less right now and it is destroying everything, including the more expensive 580s.

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torusya

580 dropped to $400 now :)

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avenger48

I saw a new 480 on Newegg for $250 yesterday, and 570's were only another $20-30. So $250 for a barely reduced Fermi GF100/110 seems pretty damned good to me. Two 570's should comfortably chew up a 680 or a 7970.

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Nahiyan

But a 680 is about $600..
Why would you buy 2 graphics cards that has an older architecture and stuff when you could have one great new card which has a lot of overclocking head-room but only $100 more!?!

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