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.

Feel free to share more links in the comments!

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David

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I'm personally very frustrated with nVidia over this. Forgive the venting post, but we were told at CES to work with their partners to secure cards. We were promised a card by a partner. Then, a matter of days before launch, we get that we're not getting a card. We'll get cards post launch, but we do our best to jump through the various hoops so we can be on top of new releases and do a proper Overclockers.com review of all the major hardware, and when we get knocked back like this it's very poor.

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hokiealumnus

Water Cooled Moderator

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Updated to 15 reviews and added Newegg link. ASUS cards are already out of stock. If you want one of these, you'd better jump now!

EDIT - David, you should check out the first page of TweakTown's review. We're not alone. Being in Taiwan they managed to get their hands on one, but they did a pretty good job at spitting on NVIDIA's NDA. :p

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Super Nade

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It seems that there are a lot of areas other reviews have not had the time to look at, such as overclocking for one and the turbo-boost features of the card. I'm sure one of the benching team members will have one on hand and keep us posted. After all, we cannot control what companies do and being a bit late to the party is not that big of a deal. People still consider us a trustworthy source and I'm sure our guys will be adding useful data to the pool.

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David

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I see your point, and we will get a good review up.

However, our hardware reviewers are all (very busy) volunteers, who had set time aside to give Kepler a proper going over. So not only are we sat with no Kepler review, we don't have content that could otherwise have been prepared during that time.

There is a stark contrast between dealing with AMD and dealing with nVidia. The former are forthcoming, open, clear and honest. If nVidia had just said 'no' it wouldn't be so bad.

I'm just working myself up into a mood over this :-

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Brolloks

Benching Senior on Siesta, Premium Member #8

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As I recall Nvidia snubbed us when the GTX580 launched as well, not sure why they dont like us?
That said we have been very fortunate getting review samples so we should not complain too much

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Hardin

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Now here is a card to get excited about. Especially after the recent disappointing benchmarks for the new amd cards.

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Brolloks

Benching Senior on Siesta, Premium Member #8

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^ I dont see the 7970 as a appointment, maybe I'm missing something, AMD is still pretty close to the latest Nvidia offering

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