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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680



When it comes to video cards, most of us really only care whether it is fast or not when they are first released, especially when it comes to flagship video cards. The flagship model of the next generation video card is often expected to usurp the paradigm established by the previous generation and set what kinds of games and applications will be coming out. If that card is not impressive on launch day, and comes out with a whimper instead of a bang, PC gaming in general will be lackluster until the next generation video card after that is released. This is something NVIDIA knows, thus they have taken their time to make sure that everything is in order to launch the new, next-generation Kepler GPUs.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680


The release of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 ushers in a new class of enthusiast GPU. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 GPU is based on the new 28nm "Kepler" architecture, which sports the next generation Streaming Multiprocessor (SMX), containing a massive 1536 CUDA core count. While designed to be powerful, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 is also very efficient, requiring only two additional 6-pin power connectors, compared to the previous generation GTX 580, as well as AMD's latest HD 7970 video card, which requires extra 6-pin and an 8-pin PCI-E power connectors. Unlike the previous generation Fermi video cards, the GTX 680 is capable of driving a 3-way 3D Vision surround multi-monitor gaming setup on a single card with a 4th additional display capability for keeping a web browser open or chat program open. The GeForce GTX 680 video card is equipped with 2048MB GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory interface running at a 1006MHz clock speed and 6008MHz memory clock, enough to handle the latest games easily and beyond.