Judging from the comments left on various articles, a lot of you have yet to bite into the juicy GTX 680 apple. Some of you flat-out can't find one available; others have been waiting for 4GB models to start rolling out. Good news for the latter camp: today, both Palit and Gainward announced the launch of new GTX 680s with 4GB of DRAM onboard. (You still probably won't be able to find them that easily, though!)
We're starting to see some unique twists on Nvidia's recently launched GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, including a model from Gainward that's been outfitted with the company's new Phantom II cooler. According to Gainward, the new and improved Phantom II cooler offers better thermal performance, runs quieter, and is more structurally sound than the previous generation Phantom.
Taking a cue from its parent company Palit, which itself has been known to slap more video RAM on a graphics card than the stock configuration calls for, Gainward today introduced its GeForce GTX 580 3072MB Phantom3.
According to Gainward, that superscript is supposed to denote the "Phantom power of 3," which refers to the use of three PWM cooling fans underneath the ginormous heatsink. These are flanked by six "Gainward Grand Prix Heatpipes," each one 6mm in size. Gainward claims you'll see up to 12C lower temps compared to a stock GTX 580 during 3D heavy tasks, and up to 54 percent less noise during standby.
Other specs look more familiar, including 512 CUDA cores, 783MHz GPU, 1566MHz shader, 4020MHz memory, 384-bit bus, DX11 support, dual-DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort.
Nvidia today formally announced its GeForce GTX 570 GPU, representing the latest addition to the GTX 500 series and offering up "explosive performance and quiet gaming." Strong marketing words, for sure, but nothing compared to Gainward's nomenclature.
Coinciding with the launch, Gainward outted two GTX 570 videocards, including the Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Golden Sample" Goes Like Hell edition.
This isn't the first time Gainward has come out with a GLH videocard, but this is certainly the fastest card to be labled as such. To earn that title, Gainward cranked the GPU clockspeed from 732MHz to 800MHz and goosed the memory from 1.9GHz to 2GHz. Not earth shattering, but a respectable bump that should give Gainward's GLH variant a performance advantage over stock-clocked GTX 570 cards.
No word yet on price, but it will likely end up higher than what current stock clocked cards are going for on the street, which is around $350.
If all you're looking for is vanilla GTX 460 graphics card, this isn't it. Instead, Zotac's upcoming non-reference GTX 460 strays from Nvidia's blueprint by doubling up on RAM to 2GB, following in the footsteps of Sparkle and Gainward, both of which also recently announced 2GB versions of the same card.
Unlike the other two, however, Zotac kicked the cooling scheme up a notch by slapping on a slightly modified Accelero TwinTurbo Pro VGA cooler from Arctic Cooling. The special cooler sports a dense aluminum fin array through which four 6mm copper heatpipes run through. On top of the fins sit two 92mm fans.
Despite the custom cooling system, it doesn't look like Zotac's version will come overclocked from the factory. According to a GPU-Z screenie over at EXPreview, Zotac's card runs at 675MHz, the same speed as Nvidia's reference design, and 25MHz slower than Gainward's 2GB version.
According to a DigiTimes report, Gainward, a longtime Nvidia add-in-board (AIB) partner, is cozying up with ATI in preparation to launch Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 series videocards, with HD 3800 series to follow soon afterward. If true, Gainward's decision to play the field could set the tone for other exclusive Nvidia partners to do the same, and there's never been a better time to consider making the jump.
AMD left themselves open to much criticism when it acquired ATI, and with good reason. With Intel taking back the reigns in the CPU war and AMD struggling with increased debt, jumping head first into graphics may have seemed a curious decision at the time. It didn't help matters when the suits in Santa Clara all but surrendered the high end market to Nvidia, and for a long time, many wondered if not only AMD would fall, but if it would take ATI down with them. Now it appears the tides are finally turning.
Click through the jump to see why Gainward's reported decision could be such an important one.