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Mar 20th, 2012

GeForce GTX 680 Review @ TomsHardware

Multiple images of GTX 680 benchmarks were leaked by TomsHardware gallery, those pictures are from their unreleased review. Since they cannot reveal any information until release date, we can only focus on this raw data. Card was tested throughout many gaming titles, synthetic benchmarks, along with temperature and power consumption tests. Card seems to be much faster with stock clocks than Radeon HD 7970.

GeForce GTX 680 will be released on 22nd March. It’s a card based on GK104 Kepler GPU with 1536 CUDA cores. Although card has only 2GB of GDDR5 memory it’s faster than its main opponent – Radeon HD 7970. WCCFTech reports that GTX 680 has up to 50% better performance per Watt than Radeon HD 7970 in most gaming titles with FullHD resolution. Performance is comparable to Radeon HD 6990 or GeForce GTX 590.

GTX 680 reaches a 3DMark 11 score at X3396, which is more than Radeon HD 7970 by 478 points! But this card was not designed for testing in synthetic benchmarks. This card was designed for gaming, and this is where the review from Tom’s Hardware focuses the most.

TH reports that GTX 680 can be easily overclocked up to 1200 MHz for core. Memory can be overlocked to 1800 MHz. Since those benchmarks were obtained on default clocks, and yet it leaves HD 7970 behind, we think this may be the fastest single-gpu graphics card ever.

Fudzilla reports that launch price is now $499. Which in comparison to HD 7970 and $549 is quite an opportunity for upgrade.