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Point of View TGT GeForce GTX 680 Ultra LLS 4096 MB

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Point of View's GeForce GTX 680 TGT Ultra Charged is the first 4 GB GeForce GTX 680 we review, so we took a close look at what the extra memory brings. The card also has an extremely low noise profile thanks to its triple slot cooler.

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Thanks for testing video memory. Was that also with AA/AF?

Since they claim a low leakage chip, did you happen to check the ASIC quality?
 

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yes 4xAA where supported, 16x AF when supported

GPU-Z has no support for Kepler ASIC quality reading yet
 
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yes 4xAA where supported, 16x AF when supported

GPU-Z has no support for Kepler ASIC quality reading yet
are you sure about ASIC quality reading of kepler ?

i have 2 gtx 670 s ( one referrence and one asus dcu ii ) and i can see ASIC quality of both of them in gpu-z and one has 90.6 % and the other has 100 % ASIC Quality
 

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are you sure about ASIC quality reading of kepler ?

i have 2 gtx 670 s ( one referrence and one asus dcu ii ) and i can see ASIC quality of both of them in gpu-z and one has 90.6 % and the other has 100 % ASIC Quality
it can read the raw data but not make much sense of it. i'm still collecting data to map the raw values onto proper percentages
 
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another great review!
 

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TriSlot Coolers= suckage for SLI Users
 

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Our benchmarks show no visible improvement from 4 GB memory over a typical 3 GB GTX 680.

A GTX 680 has 2GB of memory, am I right?
 

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Our benchmarks show no visible improvement from 4 GB memory over a typical 3 GB GTX 680.

A GTX 680 has 2GB of memory, am I right?
typo. fixed. thanks. 3 staff people read it and nobody noticed it ^^
 
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yes 4xAA where supported, 16x AF when supported

GPU-Z has no support for Kepler ASIC quality reading yet
So it seems like the sweet spot is 2GB video RAM for single HD display, 3GB for above, but 1GB still ok if at a lower res or AA/AF turned down some.
 
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Great review as always, pity about the nonexistent bundle. I would disagree that 2GB of memory is sufficient, IMO 3GB is the sweet spot (ATI got that right at least).

"I am, personally, a big fan of triple slot cooling designs..."

I am not a fan of bad puns. :p
 

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So it seems like the sweet spot is 2GB video RAM for single HD display, 3GB for above, but 1GB still ok if at a lower res or AA/AF turned down some.
I disagree. 2 GB is enough for everything. Only when you run 3x 30" 2560x1600, buying multiple cards with 3 GB might be worth considering, but even in that case 2 GB shouldn't be much slower. But if you can spend 4k$ on monitors and graphics cards, some extra money for the memory won't matter. Everybody else - stick with 2 GB, or 1 GB on HD 7800 and below.

We recently had a 1 GB Club3D HD 7850 review where we saw that there is almost no performance penalty from going 2 GB -> 1 GB

I am not a fan of bad puns.
didn't even notice it until you wrote it
 
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Thanks for clearing that up with a very specific answer :D
 
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9.5 seems pretty high to me in light of the nice custom 7970 GHz edition cards sitting on the market at $450-470...

Nice review, though. Surprised to see how far you can go on just 2GB of vram!
 
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It's just funny that almost of AMD previous generation graphics have better efficiency in power usage per performance. What happen to AMD.
 

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review said:
Extra memory doesn't yield any performance improvements
In vanilla games yes.
And only for now. ;)
 
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compared to gtx 680, ghz edition fails power/heat/noise. i'd get a 680 any day
I doubt that the custom models (which is all that's available) have heat/noise issues... reviews I've seen only complain about those things when they are reviewing cards with the reference cooler.

I know that power is a big deal to some... I just have a hard time believing that many people buying $500 GPUs care about 30-50W of power draw. It's not like the GHz edition is drawing 400W of power or something crazy like that. It's only pulling ~30W more than this card