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AngelGraves13
03-22-12, 04:08 PM
The 680 GTX really needs 4GBs of frame buffer to be a total beast.

I'm going to be ordering the 4GB 680 GTX Classified as it's 14 Phase PWM Design from EVGA :D

The 590 GTX kepts beating it when there wasn't enough onboard memory in higher resolutions. The extra 2GBs of memory should pull it ahead quite a bit.

crainger
03-22-12, 04:38 PM
For launch cards these aren't too badly priced, but not worth it just yet to upgrade my 590GTX, might just wait for the 690GTX. ::jumping:: If it comes.

nekrosoft13
03-22-12, 05:00 PM
GTX 480 to GTX 680 will be a nice upgrade :)

crainger
03-22-12, 05:21 PM
Yep, even more so when the next gen Unreal Engine games start arriving. Not sure what else is on the horizon that would really push the card (Euro made FPSes, Metro perhaps?). I guess multiscreen and high hes 3D gaming will always push PC hardware. I added high res 3D gaming so it isn't confused with console 3D gaming with appears to drop the res from 720p to 480p ::(:

DSC
03-22-12, 05:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjhM_xc6Yes

:naughty:

bob saget
03-22-12, 06:08 PM
wow...

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5699/45151.png

crainger
03-22-12, 06:55 PM
nude dawn mod will follow...

with life like pubic hair! :captnkill:

(can anybody search for the "semen on the geforce 5800 something" thread? lol)

If you're expecting pubic hair that rustles in the breeze then you've been dating some really shaggy women who take straighteners to their v-jayjays.

nekrosoft13
03-22-12, 06:59 PM
i was at store had the Galaxy 680 in hand, and decided will be better to wait for evga version.

i SPY
03-22-12, 07:12 PM
this graph kills me. :headexplode:

in SP :p


Well, maybe I should have said...will a i7 Bloomfield be a bottleneck for a GTX 680? It'll be nearly 2 revisions back when Ivy Bridge comes.

you will be fine, really. Check this alienbabeltech review, they used i7 920 @ 4ghz
http://alienbabeltech.com/main/?p=28910&page=4


but im kinda surprised they stripped out 1PWM, now its only 4 instead of original 5, why? was 1 extra using that much power?

http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx294/82globe/GeForce_GTX_680_F_No_Therma.jpg

doesnt this also translate in less OC and more strain on those PWM and shorter longevity?

Although i saw one saying they (OC freaks) managed some ultra OC with LN2 1800mhz+..

I know here was a big deal with 570gtx and only 4pwn, that's why i went with 6+1 :D, guess it doesn't matter anymore?

Roadhog
03-22-12, 07:16 PM
they did the same thing with the 7970 with the power phases. It just simply isn't needed.

i SPY
03-22-12, 07:21 PM
they did the same thing with the 7970 with the power phases. It just simply isn't needed.

I see.. Kinda makes sense :wong:

Johnny C
03-22-12, 07:46 PM
Evga forsale on ncix.com...shows in stock but no realtime price check available.


Tempted to buy....very tempted.

Erda
03-22-12, 08:06 PM
All I want is the EVGA GTX 680 FTW 4GB (http://www.evga.com/articles/00669/#GTX680FTW)!!! (nana2) Unfortunately Jacob (jAkUp) Freeman at EVGA said it will be a couple of months before we see a release. :(

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=43740&stc=1&d=1332464619

:drooling: :tiki: :drooling:

Roadhog
03-22-12, 08:29 PM
Well, glad I have my 7970's now.

http://nl.hardware.info/reviews/2641/5/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-quad-sli-review-english-version-aliens-vs-predator

Looks like 680 SLi is pretty slow/broken. Only time crossfire loses is when it's not supported.

TheTaz
03-22-12, 08:38 PM
All I want is the EVGA GTX 680 FTW 4GB (http://www.evga.com/articles/00669/#GTX680FTW)!!! (nana2) Unfortunately Jacob (jAkUp) Freeman at EVGA said it will be a couple of months before we see a release. :(

:drooling: :tiki: :drooling:

I'm going for the Hydro Copper, which should be out by April, according to Jacob. (nana2)

Viral
03-22-12, 08:38 PM
Great card, first NV card I've liked in ages. Still not sold because of the 2GB memory, it's just too much like 1GB was a few years back when I was forced to buy my 5870 after my 4870x2 died. I always try to keep ahead of what current games demand with vmemory, and I'm feeling it now because my last purchase I didn't have a choice. If I had it my way I would have held out on buying until the 6970 and then held out again until the gen after this one.. but no, that damn unreliable 4870x2 had to die after 14 months.

Johnny C
03-22-12, 08:46 PM
680 is a mixed bag. I read through a few reviews and it seems like most of the time it's a little faster..and at a cheaper price it's a good card.....but it's not a game changer. I want cards that are 400 bucks for top end. (amd and nV)

mojoman0
03-22-12, 09:08 PM
its faster, cooler, quieter, and cheaper than amd's top card in most applications. that makes it a winner even tho its not 50% faster

MUYA
03-22-12, 09:14 PM
Talk about gouging, A Inno3D 680 GTX can be had in Hong Kong for HK $4580 = US$587 = way over the MSRP of $500

Deffo a no thanks...

Logical
03-22-12, 09:39 PM
Awesome card but im still not sold yet...Performance is great and when it comes down to it it is the best single GPU on the market....And slightly cheaper than 7970 too. However as slawter said. i cant help but feel that this release is mid range with added features to surpass that of the competition. Im not sure if thats because the rumoured GK110 i have read about isnt far off or because of the restrictive 2GB of mem and 256 bit mem bus in high resolution surround gaming if i do decide to go multi monitor. Bottom line is the performance increase in all games from my GTX285 to GTX680 would be A LOT and i would gain DX11 but am i going to regret getting one if gk100 comes out around 3/4 and is 15-25% faster ?

AthlonXP1800
03-22-12, 09:44 PM
Oh well I will have to wait around 2 months for GTX 680 4GB card.

Here a teaser from NVIDIA for upcoming GTX 680 tech demo. :D

SjhM_xc6Yes

(nana2)

i SPY
03-22-12, 09:48 PM
^
Yeah that demo looks nice, cant wait to try it out (lee)

680 is a mixed bag. I read through a few reviews and it seems like most of the time it's a little faster..and at a cheaper price it's a good card.....but it's not a game changer. I want cards that are 400 bucks for top end. (amd and nV)


Yeah, if it were ~ 320-350€ i might consider it too, but not for ~490-499€ (that's what over 640$ lol:headexplode:

I checked techpowerup review as the last one and i had a hunch its gonna be like that. Its only 16% faster then 580 GTX, Ok it can be little more here and there.. But that made me think for a bit, exactly that's nothing special for next-gen "high-end", same goes for AMD 79x0..
I payed 320€ for mine, ok 250€ -tax (got a good deal) and now to pay 2x more just to have ~15-20% better perf. VS this 570 at 900mhz OC? -_- Im at lower non HD reso anyway..

http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx294/82globe/overallperf.png
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_680/27.html

The only thing that made me itch was BF3, but imo that's to be expected. They knew its top sheit and made some tweaks especially for that (Fillrate, FP16 +aa) lol :D no doubt about that.
But then to have lousy openCL perf. in other stuff and overall "similar cuda mix" like GF114 is a bit lame tradeoff. Yeah they had to make that approach to eliminate no hotclock freq.. but only 8 polymorph 2.0 tessellation engines? at least the same 16 would be nice, esp. for that "high-end" price. :p






Anyway this looks cool, but its not available in directX API yet..

http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx294/82globe/bindless.png


Prior to Kepler, for the GPU to reference a texture, it had to be assigned a “slot” in a fixed-size binding table. The number of slots in that table ultimately limits how many unique textures a shader can read from at run time. Ultimately, a shader was limited to access of just 128 simultaneous textures in Fermi (which aligned with the API limits of DX11).

With bindless textures in Kepler, this additional step isn’t necessary: the shader can reference textures directly in memory, making binding tables obsolete. This effectively eliminates any limits on the number of unique textures that can be used to render a scene: over 1 million unique textures are possible.
Besides dramatically increasing the number of available textures, another added benefit of bindless textures is reduced CPU utilization:

At this time, bindless textures is only exposed in OpenGL. But in the future it’s possible this could be exposed in DirectX via NVAPI, or future versions of DirectX.


//from whitepaper

knghtwhosaysni
03-22-12, 09:53 PM
I'm not gonna buy a $500 card anytime soon, but do so many people really care about heat and noise? Usually when my card gets noisy it's because I'm gaming and I'm generally using headphones or decently loud speakers then. Heat doesn't matter to me as long as it works.

Eh, just something I notice in all reviews, they tend to give as much weight to heat+noise as performance.

MUYA
03-22-12, 10:02 PM
^
Yeah that demo looks nice, cant wait to try it out (lee)


.. but only 8 polymorph 2.0 tessellation engines? at least the same 16 would be nice, esp. for that "high-end" price. :p



//from whitepaper

Because NVIDIA still only has a single Polymorph Engine per SMX, the number of Polymorph Engines hasnít been doubled like most of the other hardware in an SMX. Instead the capabilities of the Polymorph Engine itself have been doubled, making each Polymorph Engine 2.0 twice as powerful as a GF114 Polymorph Engine. In absolute terms, this means each Polymorph Engine can now spit out a polygon in 2 cycles, versus 4 cycles on GF114, for a total of 4 polygons/clock across GK104.
Throughput is doubled!

ViN86
03-22-12, 10:27 PM
Awesome card but im still not sold yet...Performance is great and when it comes down to it it is the best single GPU on the market....And slightly cheaper than 7970 too. However as slawter said. i cant help but feel that this release is mid range with added features to surpass that of the competition. Im not sure if thats because the rumoured GK110 i have read about isnt far off or because of the restrictive 2GB of mem and 256 bit mem bus in high resolution surround gaming if i do decide to go multi monitor. Bottom line is the performance increase in all games from my GTX285 to GTX680 would be A LOT and i would gain DX11 but am i going to regret getting one if gk100 comes out around 3/4 and is 15-25% faster ?

You can bet we will see GK104 a few months after 8970 launch. ;)