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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 contains four GPCs with a total of eight SMXs, 1536 CUDA cores, eight geometry units, four raster units, 128 texture units, and 32 ROP units. The base clock is 1006MHz, the GTX 680 also carries 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM running at 6008MHz with a 256-bit interface providing 6.0Gb/s of throughput. Dual six-pin power connectors feed the card's TDP of 195W.
Energy Efficient and quiet.
Dynamic core clock speed helps card adapt to different games and tasks.
Priced below AMD's competing card.
Supports four monitors.
NVIDIA 3D Vision 2.
1006MHz stock clock with headroom for more performance tuning.
Full sized HDMI port.
6GB Memory Data Rate, PCIE 3.0.
Less onboard memory than comparable AMD cards.
Memory side concessions hurt it at ultrahigh settings.
Can't manually control GPU Boost.
Not always appreciably faster than competing AMD card.
Blocks an expansion slot.
Requires a hefty power supply.
Temperature and power consumption wasn't low but was justified with GPU boost.
By PCWorld New Zealand on May 11, 2012
In the first few months of this year, enthusiast PC gamers have been treated to the launch of not one but two all-new ranges of graphics cards, from both AMD and Nvidia. We’ve already tested out AMD’s full range, and now we finally get to...
By PC Advisor on April 17, 2012
AMD's 7000 series relies on a graphics architecture that is drastically different from previous AMD chips, so we may still see much better performance with driver improvements, but right now, if you have £400 to spend on a graphics card, the...
By PCWorld on April 16, 2012
If you're the kind of enthusiast gamer who will spend $500 on a graphics card, this is the one to...
By BeHardware on April 09, 2012
With this first Kepler generation GPU, the GK104, NVIDIA's main objective was to revisit as far as possible the overly weak energy yield on the Fermi generation, which was probably becoming increasingly difficult to manage. This objective has...
By Legit Reviews on April 05, 2012
Running a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680's in 2-way SLI took our Ultra HD gaming on the Dell 30-inch display to the next level by running everything at acceptable frame rates!...
By DigitalVersus on April 04, 2012
All in all, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 is an excellent graphics card. Gaming performances are fast, power use is low for this kind of performance level, and the card is particularly quiet. Based on these standard review criteria, it's a five-star...
By Expreview on March 25, 2012
Perfect Cost PerformanceGTX 680 retakes the performance crown now, in 3DMark 11 theoretically test, the card has a stronger performance than HD 7970 with improvement of over 20% in P and X mode. In actual games, there are three items lagging behind,...
By Atomic MPC on March 23, 2012
GTX680 is a fantastic card, both on paper and in...
By Computer Shopper on March 23, 2012
Nvidia's 2012 flagship card may not top AMD's HD 7970 in every game or benchmark test, but it won or came close in every one we ran. It's also priced $50 less than AMD's competing card and uses much less power under load. It's more...
By uk.hardware.info on March 23, 2012
In a nut shell, nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI scales really, really well. Overall perhaps a little bit less than AMD Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire, but in 5760x1080 it outperforms AMD's card. That's also the resolution where SLI truly comes into its...
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