Gainward Launches Cool and Quiet GeForce GTX 680 Phantom

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Would-be purchasers should take note: the increased clock speeds and additional fan take their toll on the power consumption. Unlike reference-design GTX 680s, Gainward's offering requires an 8-pin & 6-pin connector. It also blows the hot air into the case rather than exhausting out the back. That being said, all the GTX 680s are smoking for BF3. Glad I got mine already. BF3 consistently plays between 50-60fps @ 1080p, all settings maxed out except I prefer MEDIUM Post AA (because HIGH Post AA (FXAA) ruins textures). Also using 4xMSAA (Deferred AA), Core i7-930 o/c'd to 4.0GHz. Here are my preliminary 3DMark2011 results:

http://3dmark.com/3dm11/3070928

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biggiebob12345

Gainward owns Palit and I'll never buy one of their products after reading a forum thread a year or so ago where their cust. service rep was a massive tool when talking about their warranty. I think this was when they were the first to go to 2 years when everyone else was 5 years or lifetime.

Plus I also won't do business with companies that create sub-companies to create the illusion that there's more competition in the market than there really is.

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majorsuave

Gainward?

Is it just me or the name just does not ring a bell?

I know I haven't seen them in stock in local stores as well as my favorite online retailers...

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Paul_Lilly

Gainward's been around for a long time, nearly three decades. In fact, I still own a Gainward Ti 4200 graphics card (and other geek nostalgia) in my collection of parts.

 

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kamikaji

Sigh............I just wish Gainward still sold their products in the USA.......I would kill for a GTX 680 Phantom without having to import (which is really expensive, and no support).

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Jeffredo

Its odd why they pulled out. Around 2000 they were the largest Nvidia partner in the US (if memory serves me correctly). Strange.

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Danthrax66

I would still stick with EVGA, get a classified which has a ridiculous performance boost over the stock ones, the 580 classified was barely beat out by the 680 so EVGA basically makes a next gen card with the classified series.

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JohnP

Darn it, don't talk about next-gen cards before NVidia has not even released their high end single GPU card yet!
Even a o/c'ed GTX680 is not the top end for Kepler. BIG Kepler, the GTX685 has yet to be released (August-October). Big Kepler will be 50% more powerful than a regular 680, God knows what it will be in o/c. $600 too. Going to be a blockbuster when it comes out but don't expect NVidia to release it while sales of mid-high tier GTX680 is selling so well.

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