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

Published: 12th Mar 2012, 15:03 GMT

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

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 680Radeon HD 7970GeForce GTX 580
GPU28nm Kepler GK10428nm Tahiti XT40nm Fermi GF110
Die Size~320 mm²352 mm²520 mm²
Core Clock705 MHz925 MHz772 MHz
Shaders Clock1411 MHz1544 MHz
Memory Clock1500 MHz (6GHz effective)1375 MHz1002 MHz (4GHz effective)
Memory Interface256-bit384-bit384-bit
Memory Bandwidth192 GB/s264 GB/s192.4 GB/s
CUDA/Stream Processors15362048512
Texture Units12812864
Raster Operating Units323248
TDP190 W230 W244 W
PCI-Express Support3.03.02.0
DirectX Support11.111.111.0
Power Connectors2 x 6-pin2 x 6-pin6-pin + 8-pin
Launch Price$549$549$499
Estimated 3DMark 11 (E) Score~ X3300~X2700~X2000

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