Friday, April 13th 2012

EVGA Announces the GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature Graphics Cards

EVGA has today officially introduced a fresh pair Kepler cards, the GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature and GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature+ which feature a 5 phase PWM design, 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors (stock models come with two 6-pin plugs), and increased frequencies - 1084 MHz (1006 MHz stock) for the base clock, 1150 MHz for the boost clock (1058 MHz) and 6208 MHz (6008 MHz) for the 2 GB of on board GDDR5 memory.

These two tweaked GTX 680s also have 1536 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit memory interface, PCI-Express 3.0 support, SLI and 3D Vision Surround capabilities, and four display outputs - two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort. The GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature has a price tag of $529.99 while the GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature+, which comes equipped with a backplate, costs $549.99. Neither model is available at this time.
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43 Comments on EVGA Announces the GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature Graphics Cards

#1
urza26
Just curious if there is any advantage in having this cooler over the reference design other than aesthetics, as both are made up of a blower fan and a vapor chamber...
I like the looks, just not convinced (yet) by the advantage over reference cards, eventhough having more phases is always a good thing =)
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#2
GC_PaNzerFIN
TBH, this would look so much better than the reference card in my system. Mix white, red and black with green GEFORCE GTX text, oh maybe not...
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#3
m1dg3t
TBH i doubt GTX680 will hit market in any real number's, it was never intended as a top tier card anyways and gk100 or w/e it's called is coming, soon.
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#4
erocker
Everyone, stay on topic. The topic is not about purchasing or your troubles with purchasing a card.

-Article cleaned.
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#5
bogmali
I have not been here long enough either as a member and as a mod but I can tell when arguments tend to steer off course (off topic) and becomes thread crapping. I will say this though, you all have been warned by erocker! If you think its pointless to argue anymore, why keep posting? Next one gets an infraction.
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#6
Ghost26
Would you guys buy this one from eVGA or a 680 GTX from MSI which features the Twin Frozr cooler ?

I'm still debeating on which one provinding the best cooling system for 24/7 GPGPU computing usage.
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#7
Sinzia
by: Ghost26
Would you guys buy this one from eVGA or a 680 GTX from MSI which features the Twin Frozr cooler ?

I'm still debeating on which one provinding the best cooling system for 24/7 GPGPU computing usage.
Twin Frozr, I had a GTX470 TFII card and it was dead silent under an overvolted load.
Damn good cooler. :)
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#8
Ghost26
So a blower-type cooler such as the Signature is noisier than a twin-fan cooler like the Twin Frozr ?

Noise is not really a concern. I have a Fractal Design XL Case with plenty of silent fans and insonorised side pannels. I don't think I would notice the additional sound, it there is ...

My main concern is primary oriented through cooling efficiency.
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#9
DanishDevil
The TwinFrozr coolers are really well designed. If you want the best temps, my bet would be for the TwinFrozr.
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#10
Sinzia
by: Ghost26
So a blower-type cooler such as the Signature is noisier than a twin-fan cooler like the Twin Frozr ?

Noise is not really a concern. I have a Fractal Design XL Case with plenty of silent fans and insonorised side pannels. I don't think I would notice the additional sound, it there is ...

My main concern is primary oriented through cooling efficiency.
the twin frozr was cooler than my second GTX470, a reference design from zotac, by a considerable amount. Granted, the 470's were a very hot card and the 680 isn't nearly as hot, but I'm really really confident.

If you wish to discuss this further, I'd suggest making your own thread, this is kinda getting off topic.
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#11
Xaser04
The card looks good but I wish manufacturers would push the memory clocks as well as the core clocks for their "special" models.

A mere 200Mhz boost (50Mhz true boost) on the memory clock is for want of a better word weak. My reference MSI 680 will do 6800Mhz all day long and I haven't even pushed it yet.

No doubt they have good reason not to on a mass released card but I would like it if they didn't just focus on core overclocking and completely forget the memory (especially as the 680 is somewhat lacking in the bandwidth stakes).
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#13
RevengE
EVGA, Give me a gtx 680 classified with 4gb of vram. Thx
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#14
Xiphos
by: Liquid Cool
$530 or $550 for a video card.

This world has gone insane.

LC
I am just looking at your registering date. but good thing you weren't into building computers in the G80 days.

back then it was even higher. $800 bucks for an air cooled 8800 ultra
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#15
THE_EGG
by: Xiphos
I am just looking at your registering date. but good thing you weren't into building computers in the G80 days.

back then it was even higher. $800 bucks for an air cooled 8800 ultra
yeh agreed, I remember my 1792mb GTX 260 SP216 costs around $550 back in the day
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#16
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: THE_EGG
yeh agreed, I remember my 1792mb GTX 260 SP216 costs around $550 back in the day
The high end have always been at that price. At least for a long time, I can't really remember the first time they went that high..
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#17
THE_EGG
by: Frick
The high end have always been at that price. At least for a long time, I can't really remember the first time they went that high..
I'm talking about AUD, everything is expensive down under. A gtx 680 is $700-$800 at my local stores. I remember my 260 being the most expensive 260 back then as the others were around $480ish.
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#18
GLS
Fans and old school video cards

In reviewing this forum I noted several comparisons between the basically stock cooling system in the EVGA 680 SC Signature and some of the alternate cooling systems now being offered - I would just like to add that it may be important to consider how the alternate methods disperse the air from the card - the stock method pushes air out the back end and out of the case but many of the dual and triple fan systems just push air out anywhere they can - mainly back into the case - so while they may keep the card a little cooler or appear quieter it is important to consider whether or not you will then need additional case cooling to compensate - also if we are going to talk costs of old school video cards I personally had one of the earliest of the "higher end" dedicated gaming cards, the Diamond MONSTER - 4 or maybe 8 MB of ram, cost about $350 Canadian (about 20+ years ago - so maybe double that in today's dollars) and required a standard graphics card as well to actually interface to even just 1 monitor (another $100 - 150 or so for a decent standard video card) - so by comparison, I say that, while $500 - 600 is not inexpensive, it is still a considerable bargain by comparison to past leading edge consumer products of the same nature - P.S. - a 15 inch Sony Trinitron Tube Monitor was over $600 back then and 32 MB of system Ram was worth almost $600 as well due to a memory shortage - it seems there is always a key plant burning down or being flooded somewhere) - cheers
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