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Mar 12th, 2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 To Be Released On March 22nd, Available For $549

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 To Be Released On March 22nd, Available For $549
According to forum post on Overclock.net, NVIDIA will release their flagship graphics card on 22nd March. Specifications were also confirmed.

Userblackbalt89 has posted an information that GeForce GTX 680 will be released on 22nd March. He had a chance to see EVGA Presentation and talk to one of employees. EVGA confirms that GeForce GTX 680 will have 1536 CUDA cores, will be equipped with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and require two 6pin power connectors. What is new is Thermal Design Power measured at 190 Watts.

GeForce GTX 560 Ti, GTX 570 and GTX 580 are getting price cuts up to $50 (GTX 580 is already available at lower price). GeForce GTX 680 will be available for $549.

NVIDIA’s performance segment will not be refreshed until may, so GeForce GTX 570 it not getting any replacement for now.

According to Fudzilla the card that will be released on 22rd March is GeForce GTX 680. GeForce GTX 670 Ti was apparently a name used internally by NVIDIA. NVIDIA decided to use GTX 680 instead due to lower than expected performance of Radeon HD 7000 series. Nevertheless, plans for GTX 670 Ti release were not dropped, but the card is not expected till late April.

GeForce GTX 680 vs Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 580

Specifications GeForce GTX 680 Radeon HD 7970 GeForce GTX 580
GPU 28nm Kepler GK104 28nm Tahiti XT 40nm Fermi GF110
Die Size ~320 mm² 352 mm² 520 mm²
Core Clock 705 MHz 925 MHz 772 MHz
Shaders Clock 1411 MHz - 1544 MHz
Memory Clock 1500 MHz (6GHz effective) 1375 MHz 1002 MHz (4GHz effective)
Memory Type 2GB GDDR5 3GB GDDR5 3GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 384-bit 384-bit
Memory Bandwidth 192 GB/s 264 GB/s 192.4 GB/s
CUDA/Stream Processors 1536 2048 512
Texture Units 128 128 64
Raster Operating Units 32 32 48
TDP 190 W 230 W 244 W
PCI-Express Support 3.0 3.0 2.0
DirectX Support 11.1 11.1 11.0
Power Connectors 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin 6-pin + 8-pin
Length ~9.8" 10.6" 10.5"
Launch Price $549 $549 $499
Estimated 3DMark 11 (E) Score ~ X3300 ~X2700 ~X2000