Tuesday, March 13th 2012

New NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Pictures Hit The Web

Courtesy of ChipHell we now have a couple of fresh pictures of NVIDIA's first Kepler-powered graphics card, the GeForce (or should we write' GeFORCE') GTX 680. Shot both from above and the back, the incoming card has a black PCB, a dual-slot/single-fan cooler, two (stacked) 6-pin PCIe power plugs, a couple of SLI connectors, and four display outputs - dual DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.

The GTX 680 is equipped with one GK104 28 nm GPU, and reportedly boasts 1536 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit memory interface, 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM (4 GB models should also be in the works), PCI-Express 3.0, and a TDP of around 190 W. The GeForce GTX 680 is expected to be launched next week, on March 22nd. Its rumored price tag is $549.

Source: ChipHell
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76 Comments on New NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Pictures Hit The Web

#1
Sir B. Fannybottom
cool to see it only uses 2 six pins, but that placement is still really weird to me.
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#2
hhumas
just position is changed .. anyway its nice
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#3
Prima.Vera
550$?? Same as 7970?? So the performance is similar?? hmm.....
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#4
Lionheart
Looking nice, awaiting benchies like everyone else:toast:
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#5
Horrux
Interesting, so that's the 660ti / 670ti / now 680... Hm...
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#6
phanbuey
i get the feeling this card will be silent
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#7
raptori
any estimation about review date ?
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#8
xenocide
I wouldn't mind one of those, but $550 is a bit steep.
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#9
semantics
by: hhumas
just position is changed .. anyway its nice
pretty sure it's so people with short cases can still fit the card in their case and connect the power cables. Along with giving nvidia the room for a bigger fan.
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#10
Huddo93
Seriously dying to see some gaming benchmarks of the GTX680 pitted against the 7970. Its the only thing holding me back from upgrading my GTX275's :banghead:
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#11
ZoneDymo
This card still confuses me, was this not suppose to be Nvidia's GTX660?
Was their high end card not suppose to smoke the HD7970 by 40%?

And if that is indeed the case and they will instead of calling this one the 660 just name the high end new cards 770 and 780 (and probably rebrand this card to a 760 eventually) then this stuff really seems like borderline price fixing to me.
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#12
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Now quarrel over what the markings over the card are :nutkick:
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#13
Live OR Die
Cool im going to grab one of these for sure .
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#14
Horrux
by: ZoneDymo
This card still confuses me, was this not suppose to be Nvidia's GTX660?
Was their high end card not suppose to smoke the HD7970 by 40%?

And if that is indeed the case and they will instead of calling this one the 660 just name the high end new cards 770 and 780 (and probably rebrand this card to a 760 eventually) then this stuff really seems like borderline price fixing to me.
OF COURSE IT IS PRICE FIXING. That is how a duopoly works. A duopoly is like a monopoly, except there are 2 players instead of one. Still, the market dynamics makes it so that, each company trying to maximize their profits results into a similar price fixing as if they got together and planned it all out.

And yes, that was going to be their GTX 660 but their high end card is having lots of trouble. The GK110 (the "refresh" to the nonexistent GK100 which would have been the GTX 680 which would have beaten the HD 7970 by a hefty margin, will show up when it does). There is no indication of when, so this is it for nVidia this turn. That has got to hurt because in all likelihood it leaves the HD 7970 as the single-GPU king.
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#15
LAN_deRf_HA
TDP is pretty low. What is it for the 7970? Hard to believe nvidia might be more efficient for once.
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#16
Ixtli
by: Kevinheraiz
cool to see it only uses 2 six pins, but that placement is still really weird to me.
The inner most connector is rumoured to conflict with the fan placement, hence the stacked power connectors. AMD solved this in the 6900 series by cutting (literally) a corner of the plastic.

Regardless of the approach, I think we can all appreciate smaller cards :)


And about the pricing. This is quite unfortunate for us consumers. But when I take on a company's point of view, I'd market my product the exact same way. Think about it: why would you price your mid range / performance chip at 200-250€ when it can compete with the current high end (i.e. ~500€).

I guess that is the advantage of being late to market with your products, you can just wait and see what the competition does.


The way I see it, the real fight will be fought with Nvidia's 700 series vs AMD's 8000.
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#17
blibba
by: Horrux
OF COURSE IT IS PRICE FIXING. That is how a duopoly works. A duopoly is like a monopoly, except there are 2 players instead of one. Still, the market dynamics makes it so that, each company trying to maximize their profits results into a similar price fixing as if they got together and planned it all out.

And yes, that was going to be their GTX 660 but their high end card is having lots of trouble. The GK110 (the "refresh" to the nonexistent GK100 which would have been the GTX 680 which would have beaten the HD 7970 by a hefty margin, will show up when it does). There is no indication of when, so this is it for nVidia this turn. That has got to hurt because in all likelihood it leaves the HD 7970 as the single-GPU king.
Nice to see some competent grasp of economics in these threads for once :P

by: LAN_deRf_HA
TDP is pretty low. What is it for the 7970? Hard to believe nvidia might be more efficient for once.
Unless you were born in 2009, Nvidia has always been more power efficient. Fermi was the exception, not the rule.
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bear jesus
by: btarunr
Now quarrel over what the markings over the card are :nutkick:
If you insist.

by: Cristian_25H
the GeForce (or should we write' GeFORCE') GTX 680
The markings on the card clearly say GEFORCE not GeFORCE :p
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: bear jesus
The markings on the card clearly say GEFORCE not GeFORCE :p
And never in my older news posts did I call those markings "GeFORCE". It was more about something that looked like "GTX 570TI" to some people, that caused them to completely dismiss the older picture, which is essentially the same card as the one pictured in this article.

Oh BTW, GTX 680's little brother is GTX 670 TI. Lower CUDA core count, lower clock speeds, launched after GTX 570/580 inventories shrink.
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#20
bear jesus
by: btarunr
And never in my older news posts did I call those markings "GeFORCE".
It was all i could come up with on these pics. :laugh:

I spent much time laughing about the "570" posts.
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#21
20mmrain
by: Horrux
Interesting, so that's the 660ti / 670ti / now 680... Hm...
The card was only ever rumored to be the GTX 660ti.... but it has been pictured it was supposed to be the GTX 670ti... Also I would not exactly consider this a huge plus.... because remember even if it was supposed to be the GTX 660ti and we are going on rumors....the real GTX 680 would not have been ready until OCT or NOV.... so this another case of Nvidia rushing something to market like the GTX 480. Not saying yet it will be a bad card but.... what I am saying is that doesn't sit well with me.
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#22
xenocide
by: 20mmrain
The card was only ever rumored to be the GTX 660ti.... but it has been pictured it was supposed to be the GTX 670ti
Which bta just said was it's little brother--the next model down.
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#23
redgoblin
i thought it will has something like $300 price tag:rolleyes:. so it's true then, that the rumor nvidia will bring $300 mid-end card and crush the $500+ AMD card is another PR BS to screw the sale of AMD card:rolleyes:
not a fanboy just spotting something fishy...in the nfishia camp :rolleyes:
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#24
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Will GK104 be competition to HD 7900 series? Yes. Will that cause a price-war leading to happier consumers? Resounding NO.
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#25
20mmrain
I am just speculating.... But according to some info like Chip Hell and other places I get info from (Including some of my own sources)... I could see it playing out something similar to this.

Nvidia will release the GTX 680 followed by the normal cards that follow GTX 670/660 so on (690 in may) We will see the GTX 685/780 in August. (Depending on how late it releases is what it will be called.)

AMD will release the HD7990 (Which will have lower clocks in order to run cooler) They will also continue to release the rest of their cards.... 7670/7650/7570 and so on.....Later around the same time Nvidia releases their GTX 685/780 AMD will release “Tenerife” which will be either the 7980 or 8970.

I get this from Knowledge with some own personal connections as well as info off the web. I could be completely wrong... I am just putting together pieces.

http://www.guruht.com/2012/03/amd-tenerife-hd-79807990-graphic-card.html

http://www.chiphell.com/thread-382393-1-1.html
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