NVIDIA GTX 680 - Image Courtesy Tweaktown

NVIDIA Launches GEFORCE GTX 680, aka Kepler

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Good morning faithful readers! While we truly wish we had a review for you today (and indeed were promised we would have a card pre-launch at CES so we could bring you one), we are unfortunately left holding the short end of the stick today. That’s ok though, we’re working our hardest to get a partner card for you ASAP and have already been in talks about future, non-reference versions coming up this spring.

NVIDIA GTX 680 - Image Courtesy Tweaktown

NVIDIA GTX 680 - Image Courtesy Tweaktown

From an accidental posting of GTX 680’s at Newegg last night, it seems the price will range from $500 to $535, depending on brand. This undercuts some models of AMD’s HD 7970 by a decent margin (Newegg list) and a lot of indicators show it out-performing the 7970 and falling just shy of the dual-GPU HD 6990. This is a good thing for everybody; with any luck we’ll have a price war and in the end consumers will win out. Better GPUs for cheaper? Yes please!

We’ve been told we’ll have a card very soon and rest assured we’ll bring you a review as soon as we can. Until then, have a look at some reviews published this morning.

If you do make the plunge (which you can now do at Newegg as of ~9:20AM EST), you will of course need the latest drivers. NVIDIA has come through with driver version 301.10, which is WHQL-signed.

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    And OMG! No temp change. :P Perhaps if you had really poor caseflow and lived in a very hot environment you'd noticed the claimed 3°C difference.
    Had to pay an extra $25 bucks, but I noticed the Gigabyte was in stock today and I believe I snagged the last one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125421

    :)
    instock right NOW...

    http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=02G-P4-2684-KR&family=GeForce%20600%20Series%20Family&sw=

    edit, and they're gone... lmfao.
    vixro
    I'm considering going to green for the first time in 7 generations. Speaking from experience, I have rarely had issues with ATI/AMD drivers as a whole though I did notice issues with the 2000 series, but that card wasn't that great anyway. I also had a few issues with the 5x series, but those were fixed in about 4 driver releases as well. This is all based on single card/single GPU setups. I always see these posts about AMD having immature drivers but I have not seen it yet.

    Now back to my question, where the HELL DO I BUY A 680??? When it's out of stock everywhere....


    Just wait until the production catches up, and check once every 5 hours. It'll be in stock at some point.
    I'm considering going to green for the first time in 7 generations. Speaking from experience, I have rarely had issues with ATI/AMD drivers as a whole though I did notice issues with the 2000 series, but that card wasn't that great anyway. I also had a few issues with the 5x series, but those were fixed in about 4 driver releases as well. This is all based on single card/single GPU setups. I always see these posts about AMD having immature drivers but I have not seen it yet.

    Now back to my question, where the HELL DO I BUY A 680??? When it's out of stock everywhere....
    dtrunk
    bah, drivers drivers drivers. When nvidia reaches level of driver maturity that AMD has, i "hope" the 680's will scale better for 2x/3x sli.


    This is one of the few times that I have read someone praise AMD/ATI for their drivers over nVidia.

    Overall I would say I have had less issues (single and dual card) with nVidia than I have with ATI. With that said, ATI has had better multi-card scaling for some time.
    Bobnova
    AMD has had better multi-card scaling for something over a year now (more?), if that isn't long enough for nvidia drivers to mature I am frightened.


    To be fair, you get better raw scaling with AMD, but worse micro-stutter problems as a general rule. Driver updates often result in measurable improvements over time with multi-GPU setups for both camps.
    I wouldn't say all of them, the 7970 won AvP decently.

    Everything else it lost convincingly.

    None of the games had what modern folks call a playable frame rate, though back when I was younger 20+FPS was great, and 30+ (7970 manages it in AvP) was fantastic. Hell one of my games capped at 31FPS!

    Anyway, neither of them have the horsepower for that resolution single card.

    The real test will be dual card and/or triple card. No more ram, lots more shader power.

    EDIT:

    To those who say drivers:

    Every time one brand beats the other, the winning brand "has more mature drivers".

    Any time a fan of one brand wants to justify their position, they blame the drivers of the other brand.

    The hilarious part is that this works both ways and always happens.

    And yet, only rarely do more "mature" drivers do much for a card on the whole. The last one I can remember where they made a meaningful difference was the 5830.

    This speaks towards performance, not crashes/etc. of course.

    AMD has had better multi-card scaling for something over a year now (more?), if that isn't long enough for nvidia drivers to mature I am frightened.
    bah, drivers drivers drivers. When nvidia reaches level of driver maturity that AMD has, i "hope" the 680's will scale better for 2x/3x sli.
    EarthDog
    I cant see the link, but know in the conclusion that they both, apparently, "suck" but the 680 beat out the 7970. My point was its not a ram issue like many have been concerned about in the past. :)


    They both seem shader limited, and the 680 has more shader power, so it wins a contest where both are unusable. I do agree that it shows nVidia knew what it was doing when it engineered the bus width and frame buffer size for the card though.

    Has anyone done triple monitor SLI/Crossfire testing yet? With the additional shader power available, memory bandwidth might become more dear.
    I cant see the link, but know in the conclusion that they both, apparently, "suck" but the 680 beat out the 7970. My point was its not a ram issue like many have been concerned about in the past. :)
    EarthDog
    Just in case the concern about not enough ram on the 680 is still kicking. Here is another review on 3 screens.

    http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/37253-three-screen-geforce-gtx-680-vs-radeon-hd-7970/

    My tag is in the thread started by Janus.


    Sorry friend but the frame rates at 5760x1080 are aweful. Obviously the GTX680 is not their top card. I'll just wait for the GTX685 or what not.
    nightelph
    Got that free EVGA bracket in the mail.

    Also, I run my card at stock. Theres no game I play at 1920x1200 that needs it. When this thing ages and newer games start to slow then I'll OC it.


    By that time, there will be another BA card out from AMD or nVIdia that you won't be able to resist :D