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The wait it finally over! NVIDIA has launched their latest GeForce GTX 680 graphics card which is based on the 28nm Kepler Core Architecture. The GeForce GTX 680 features blistering frame rates in games at an much affordable price than its competitors along with a power efficient design.

So what does the GTX 680 hold? Its based on the GK104 core which features 1536 Cuda Cores clocked at 1006MHz – Yup! This is NVIDIA’s first 1GHz Core clocked GPU but that’s just not it, NVIDIA also included a feature called GPU Boost which dynamically adjusts the core clock to 1058MHz during higher loads scenarios which results in a great performance boost.

A 2GB GDDR5 Memory runs along a 256-bit wide interface, It is clocked at 1.5GHz (6008MHz Effective) and has a total memory bandwidth of 192.2GB/s. A 2GB Memory could be a little downside for the GTX 680 however it still provides competitive performance against it competitors on extreme resolutions such as 2560×1600. With the newly added NVIDIA Surround feature you can get upto Four Displays to run simultaneously at resolution of 5760 x 1080. 3D Vision Support is also included for upto 3 displays.

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Display is provided through two DVI, HDMI and a Display Port. The GPU support 3-Way SLI Multi GPU support for users who want extra performance. Several new features such as a new algorithm unit “TXAA” and new PhysX support are added to the GTX 680 which makes it a must buy for NVIDIA optimized games. The GeForce GTX 680 is priced at an MSRP of $499.

Key Features of the GeForce GTX 680 are listed below:

Kepler GPU Architecture Kepler GPU Architecture
NVIDIA’s Kepler GPU architecture has been designed from the ground up not just for maximum performance in the latest DirectX 11 games, but optimal performance per watt. The new SMX streaming multiprocessor is twice as efficient as the prior generation and the new geometry engine draws triangles twice as fast. The result is world class performance and the highest image quality in an elegant and power efficient graphics card.Learn more
NVIDIA GPU Boost NVIDIA GPU Boost 
Up until now, GPUs have operated at a fixed clock speed when playing 3D games, even if they have the potential to run faster. GPU Boost intelligently monitors graphics work load and increases the clock speed whenever possible. The result is that the GPU always performs at its peak and you get the highest framerate possible.Learn more
NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
Nothing is more distracting than framerate stuttering and screen tearing. The first tends to occur when framerates are low, the second when framerates are high. Adaptive V-Sync is a smarter way to render frames. At high framerates, V-sync is enabled to eliminate tearing, at low frame rates, it’s disabled to minimize stuttering. It gets rid of distractions so you can get on with gaming.Learn more 
NVIDIA Surround with Up To Four Monitors NVIDIA Surround with Up To Four Monitors1 
Nothing is as breathtaking as playing your favorite games across three monitors. At 5760 x 1080, the expanded field of view fully engages human peripheral vision and provides for the most immersive experience in racing and flight simulators. Add in a fourth display to keep tabs on chat, email or web while you are gaming.Learn more
Two New Anti-aliasing Modes: FXAA and TXAA Two New Anti-aliasing Modes: FXAA and TXAA
Anti-aliasing smoothes out jagged edges but can be demanding on framerates. FXAA is a new antialiasing technology that produces beautiful smooth lines with minimal performance impact. And with Kepler based GPUs, you’ll be able to enable FXAA in hundreds of game titles through the NVIDIA Control Panel.The second mode, TXAA, is an in-game option that combines MSAA, temporal filtering, and post processing for even higher visual fidelity.Learn more
NVIDIA 3D Vision<sup>®</sup> Ready NVIDIA 3D Vision® Ready2
NVIDIA 3D Vision brings a fully immersive, stereoscopic 3D experience to the PC. A combination of high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software, 3D Vision transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D. Get up to 2x monitor and keyboard brightness with NVIDIA 3D LightBoost technology4. In addition, you can enjoy 3D movies and 3D digital photographs from 3DVisionLive.com in eye popping, crystal-clear quality.Learn more
NVIDIA SLI Technology NVIDIA SLI® Technology3
Used by the most demanding gamers worldwide, SLI lets you link up to three GeForce GTX 680s together for astounding performance. And with NVIDIA’s track record for fast and frequent software updates, you’ll not only get the best performance in existing games, but future games too.Learn more
NVIDIA PhysX Technology NVIDIA PhysX® Technology 
Full support for NVIDIA PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.Learn more

 

If you’re an owner of the GeForce GTX 680 and looking for the latest drivers for the GPU, Head over to the links below:

If you are looking to buy the new GeForce GTX 680, You can view the Newegg listings here and NCIX listing here, Prices are pretty hot right now so you should grab one right now.

Reviews from various tech sites can be found below:


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