Nvidia GTX 680 Rumor Roundup: Specs, Leaks, Pics And More

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ray789

my roomate's aunt makes $83/hr on the laptop. She has been without work for 8 months but last month her pay was $8682 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site...Nuttyrich . com

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acidic

all the rumors and speculation can end tomorrow once the reviews start rolling out. atleast i know guru3d.com is gonna have one

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Valor958

Honestly, I tend to be a Nvidia fanboi due to a couple bad experiences with AMDs GPUs. I dont like AMDs Catalyst drivers and have always had excellent experiences with Nvidia. In this case, honestly I see them both about on par in real world comparisons. True, the 680 does in in every circumstance, but when it comes to fps comparisons on high settings... the bump is not worth the price for either new card. I plan to go to the EVGA GTX 580 once the price drops. Just not enough real world benefit to make it worth the expenditure really. For benchmark junkies, sure, get 2/3 680s and go blow up the world... it's your money. Better GPUs don't make you a better player.

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haboh

I've had my 6950 for just over a year now, and have not had a single issue with drivers. *shrug. Had an Nvidia card before that which was equally good.

Granted I'm not bleeding edge in games or hardware, and just a single datapoint, but to me it seems they are about equal now. I'll just buy what fits my price/feature requirements.

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Rift2

Nvidia needs to make a 666 card =) I'd buy that for a dollar

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JohnP

One thing that Brad missed here is that the NVidia GTX680 is NOT the top end single GPU from NVidia. That honor goes to the NVidia GTX685 to be released sometime soon (NVidia is finally getting better yields on the Kepler 28 nm chips). The GTX685 will be a lot more powerful than the GTX680.
As for Paul's chart back a month ago, that has changed. Note that Paul's chart has the preliminary part numbers and that NVidia has changed around the model numbers. Paul's GTX670 is now the GTX680. Paul's GTX680 is now going to be NVidia's GTX685.
Here are the chip specs for Kepler:
http://wccftech.com/nvidia-kepler-gk104-gaming-performance-figures-exposed-faster-gtx580-hd7900-series/
Note that the GTX680 is based on the GK104 family of chipsets. The high end Kepler is the GK685 and will have the GK100 ( 100 better than 104, don't ask me...) chipset. There is a substantial bump in CUDA cores (50%) and 3DMark11 performance goes from X3000 to X4500. The leaked benchmarks for the GTX680 does indeed show a 3DMark11 score of 3,165. If that holds true, then the GTX685 might well reach 4,500+ (compared to AMD 7970's score of 2,670). That is a hel'of'a bump in performance!
Now for the bad news. The retail value of the GTX685 will be around $700, a good $150-175 over the GTX680. Still, for the extra performance per dollar, it might be a good deal (if you have $700 to burn).

Thanks Brad. You do know that I work for NVidia, right? (Nah, retired from HP and was one of the first people outside Intel to see the Itanium chip running in a mobo so I do like Intel- NVidia is just a hobby)

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acidic

too bad that amd will be releasing the 7990 around the same time as nvidia releases the 685. a smoking fast dual-gpu or a single gpu for $700-750 ? that is the question and only the loyal fanyboys would pick nvidia

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JohnP

Coincidence? I think not. The 7990 will retail for $849, a big jump from $700. Will the 7990 be able to outperform the stock GTX685? Possibly, but then NVidia will throw out the dual 104 chipset GPU, the GTX690 for, wait for it, $850 or so.
Going to be an interesting 6 months while this battle royale goes on. In the end tho, I predict that NVidia just has the better GPU in this iteration of the graphics wars.
In the meantime, AMD has had this huge window of opportunity to sell thousands of cards before NVidia could get their feet under them from the poor yields of Kepler. The momentum strongly goes to AMD. Lets see if they can keep it up.

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tugboat_2

That last source has been out now for a couple of days in fact. And I find it somewhat suspicious,
to say the least.

For now I will discount everything from that source till I see a "real" review. I say that because, based on the "test bed" photo, I have to ask what is being bench marked? I mean who, save oh maybe Intel or MS or someone with some pretty deep pockets, could afford to fund a valid test/review of three video cards on a LN2 rig. Just doing one card and "gundecking" the results for the other two is just not on.

Even IF I took the report seriously, I certainly do not see where that "680" thrashed the 7970. The clocks on the cards weren't even close to equal. Yes, I know the test "supposedly" was done as an out of box review. However, it should have been done both ways to see if the much vaunted Kepler really is going to "kick a mud hole up" AMD's butt, by what was the figure, 40+%.

No, I am not an AMD fanboy. I am only interested in getting what I pay for. At these prices a I don't want some company to try jerking my chain.

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Refuge88

The 680 Isn't Keplar, atleast not the Keplar chip you are thinking of...

Its coming just wait.

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praetor_alpha

Just 2x 6-pin power connectors and only a 256-bit memory bus? Sounds like a mid range card. Is NVidia holding back some horsepower?

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JohnP

Yes, the GTX 680 is their next to top of the line video card (tho at $500 -mid priced card would be a misnomer). It is based on the Kepler 104 series chipset. The GTX 685 will be their top of the line single GPU card using the much heavier speced Kepler 110 series chipset. Expect another 20% performance boost with the GTX685 card over the GTX680 when it is expected to release sometime this summer/fall.

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steven4570

if in fact these are the specs and price it wouldn't be a mid range card for $550

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Jebuslovesu

I'm just hoping the 500 series price will drop. I'd like me some SLR please:)

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Brad Chacos

You're able to pick up a pair of factory overclocked GTX 560 Ti's for some really awesome prices these days...

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JohnP

LOTS of deals going on with Newegg these days with GTX580 cards going as low as $360 with rebates... Still a dichotomy of prices tho, with some cards still commanding a $500 price tag.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

my single 580 can still handle everything at ultra settings lol. im happy with where my performance is.

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shommy2002

True that... My OC GTX 570 still crushes everything on ultra. Why bother upgrading if your just gonna be gaming on a single monitor, or in my case a TV... Should be good for like another 2 years

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Papaspud

I have had my income tax check setting in the bank waiting for the release of this video card AND a new IB CPU, hurry up!!

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biggiebob12345

I'll be buying 3 in August when I do my next build. Nvidia just puts out more polished products and since the 680 will cost the same or less than the 7970, that settles it.

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Supall

So looking at that link, whatever happened to the runaway performance that was thrown out last month? In 3DMark, there is a clear difference in performance (most likely attributable to the clock speeds), but when it came down to the games, only Lost Planet 2 seemed to showcase a major advantage for the 680. Am I missing something? How could the 7970 practically be on par with the 680 when the 680 has better specs?

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JohnP

Uh, this is NOT NVidia's top of the line card. The GTX 685 won't be coming out until this summer. Expect a 20% bump over the GTX680 when the GTX685 is released. THAT WILL be the "thrashing" that is expected with Kepler.

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bartyh5

Well it is similar to AMD and Intel. You can't directly compare their clock speeds to see which is the better chip. They have different architecture. In the case of these GPU's I think the Vram has a lot to do with it and also the emphasis on stuff such as tesselation and AA.

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Dysthymia

What I wouldn't give for the funds to build a PC to replace mine right now...
D:

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JohnP

Heh, I am going to be doing a once in a lifetime upgrade this summer with THREE new machines (hence my constant obsession with Ivy Bridge and Kepler). Ivy Bridge i7-3700K, 16 GB of memory each (already bought), ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE mobos, NVidia GTX 685 graphics cards, 240 GB SSD drives, 3TB 7200 RPM storage drives, and 27 inch monitors all around. God know what that will cost, Over $750 already just for memory and cooling, one more 750W cooler Master power supply ( and a best of the best Corsair white graphite case for me...).

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bpstone

A 1200watt PSU would be a safe zone for high-end rigs sporting multiple GPUs and additional hardware like custom liquid cooling. Triple SLI normally helps with micro-stuttering. Sixteen gigabytes of RAM should be enough. A cache will require more room. Mushkin makes solid SSDs in case you are interested. 27inch monitors aye? 3D vision in the works? Wish you well building your new rigs!

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JohnP

Nah, just one videocard and one 27 inch monitor per system. My present system (with a GTX580) only draws about 500 Watts so that is plenty. With a 2560 by 1440 monitor (or 16:10 if I can find one) and a high end graphics, it should be good for a couple of years at least....

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bpstone

I read some news about what is coming. 3480x2160 televisions are on the horizon. TN monitors will likely come afterward. 2013 is the unofficial projected date for OLED hitting the market. Your systems should be fine for three to five years nonetheless. You gotta love how fast tech changes. :)

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JohnP

Dang! a 40 or 50 inch monitor with that kind of DPI. Now that is a staggering thought! They were saying during some presentations at the latest Expo for high end TV's that with enough pixels and resolution, you can walk right up to a TV and have the sensation of walking up to a window. It would kinda swallow up my desk space tho.

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xtremegamer578

and mine too!!!

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I Jedi

Just in time for my new rig :}

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