While the new Radeon 7000 video cards seem to be launching and garnering headlines on an almost daily basis, it would be foolish to forget that AMD is far from the only 800 lb. gorilla in the discrete graphics room. As regular reader JohnP regularly reminds us, several signs point to Nvidia releasing the Kepler-based GeForce GTX 680 on March 22nd . That's just a couple of days away, so we thought we'd do a quick round-up of the various GTX 680 rumors floating around the web.
The picture above,
courtesy of Chip Hell
, gives us a good of the GTX 680's exterior, but as we all know, it's what's inside that counts. Fortunately, PCOnline.com.cn released what it claims is
a leaked side from an Nvidia press deck
-- one that shows off all the technical details we're looking for. The GeForce GTX 680 reportedly sports a 1006MHz base clock speed that can be boosted to 1058MHz, 2GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory, PCI-E 3.0 support, 1536 CUDA cores, and a 195W TDP through two 6 pin PCI-E connectors.
Several e-tailers from around the world have prematurely listed various makes and models of the GTX 680, and their details corroborate the info above. TechPowerUp has been doing a bang-up job of keeping up with the springing leaks. A couple of days ago, the publication reported seeing a Zotac GTX 680 up for sale on Dutch e-tailer ComCom.nl for roughly $560 USD. Yesterday, the Asus GTX680-2GD5 reared its head on the U.S.-based shopblt.com for $566, while today, TechPowerUp sighted overclocked GTX 680s from MSI and EVGA on sale at the Canadian NCIX.com. Both the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked and the MSI GeForce GTX 680 OC carry sticker prices of $578. The MSI model is listed as having a clock speed of 1056MHz and 2GB of 6GHz (effective) GDDR5 memory. Fudzilla claims the MSRP will drop from $549 to $499 come release day, though they note "there are no talks regarding the official Recommended Retail Price."
The image above comes courtesy of HKEPC.com, which claims to have
gotten ahold of a GTX 680 and run it through the benchmark gauntlet
. Check the link to see how the GTX 680 stacks up to both the GTX 580 and the Radeon HD 7970 in several different tests. (Hint: pretty friggin' well.)
As always, all Internet rumors should be taken with a handful of salt. With that being said, whaddaya think about Kepler?