Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Review Leaked

    March 20, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Nvidia has been really tight lipped on its next generation of PC video cards. The same video cards that are meant to combat AMD’s head start with the HD7970. If an early leaked review from Tom’s Hardware is any indication, the card is well worth the wait. The best part – the wait is only two days.

WCCF Tech got a hold of an early review from Tom’s Hardware for the GTX 680. The review has since been removed as Nvidia is forcing everybody to remain pretty quiet on their new video card until it launches on March 22. Good thing there are people who grab these things before they’re removed. The review gives us a good look at the performance of the new video card.

The GeForce GTX 680 uses the Kepler architecture that is comprised of a GK104 Core that contains 1536 Cuda Cores, 2 GB GDDR5 Memory buffer, a core clock at 1006 MHz and memory that’s clocked to 1.5 GHz. If you don’t understand what any of that means, just know this: the 680 is a beast that completely dominates the AMD HD7970 and the review proves that.

According to the review, the GTX 680 has up to 50 percent better performance than AMD’s HD7970 when playing games at 1920×1080 resolution. That performance can fluctuate depending on the machine and the resolution. The leaked review doesn’t make any mention of the other components, but we can assume based on similar reviews that the system was rockin’ an Intel i7 and at least 8 GB of RAM.

The funny thing is that the GTX 680 is only ever bested by the GTX 590. That makes sense, however, as the 590 is two GTX 500s working together to create a powerful card. I’m sure Nvidia will release a dual GPU card in the 600 line as well that will smoke the competition. For now though, the 680 appears to be an affordable powerhouse that should appease any gamer’s need for PC gaming.

To see additional benchmarks at a 2560×1600 resolution, check out the leaked review.

With the launch only two days away, the hype for the new Nvidia cards is at its peak. I’ll be saving all my pocket change over the next month to afford its $549 asking price. Are you going to be picking one of these bad boys up soon? Let us know in the comments.

[Lead image: WCCF Tech]
  • Pete


  • Raphael

    Man, my budget for my next build was a $500 GPU, and I was waiting for this card’s release… should I go the extra $50 :O

    • Tommy f0cus S.

      Actually, the VERY latest news shows a price of 499, so you lucked out perfectly I’d say.

      Also, I’ll be ordering mine on day 1, and if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to use EVGAs “step up” program to go to the 4gb version, assuming it releases within 90 days.

      • http://blog.mitcharf.com/ mitcharf

        I don’t think you’ll be able to use the Step Up program that way, sadly. Their Step Up info page (http://www.evga.com/support/stepup/) says:

        “Step-Up is limited to pre-approved graphics cards only and can only be used for exchange to a different and higher performing GPU.”

        And they give this example of a Step Up which is not allowed:
        “GTX 460 768MB → GTX 460 1GB: NO (Same GPU)”

  • scott

    the only thing that showed faster performance clearly was dirt 3, everything else really was very close, and $500 card and 1920×1080…what’s the point….nada. Crysis 2 at 50FPS@2560 is just fine.

  • me

    Problem is, a pair of 7870 on crossfire cost the same but smokes the 680 in performance…

    • solomonshv

      problem is, i have a crossfire set up right now of a pair of 6950. CF sucks ass. the microstuttering is unbearable. I gave up on crysis 2 half way in because I couldn’t take it. Never doing dual GPU again, especially CF.

      GTX 680 is my next card.

    • tim

      Problem is your wrong. a pair of 7870s will run you 700 dollars plus tax. Do your homework.

  • NikoBellick

    Yes, but with two 7870’s in Crossfire you have to deal with the problems of a dual GPU configuration, personally I’d go with the best single card option over a dual card option any day. Besides, with the GTX 680 you get PhysX, and nVidia tends to have better driver support (key word is tends to).

  • mmm

    50% ??? wtf? dude are you high? there isnt a single bench that the 680 is 50% better than 7970. The difference is abot 10 %.

    • Hassan Mujtaba

      50% Better Performance/Watt compared to the HD7970. You should take a look at the charts.

  • Morg.

    Crappiest benchmark ever ?

    “Only beat by the 590”
    –> in nVidia games I suppose, the 6990 totally kills the 590 in every single balanced benchmark, especially above full HD.

    All Benchmarks (3dmark11) ran @ full HD ? wtf it’s a 500 $ card ?

    Note that there is NO update on the 2560* score (intentional) in 3dmark11.

    And for the very few games which can be considered benchmarks here (if you don’t know why, it’s because they have more or less modern engines).

    In BF3, which obviously favors nVidia, we have 2 – 3 fps edge for GTX680 @ 2560*, that’s a fair 5% edge in favor of 680

    In Metro 2033, even at full HD, there’s a net MINUS 8 FPS w/ AA (of course you’re going to use AA if you buy that card …) that counts as 10% edge for 7970 – and please do note 2560* was omitted on purpose to avoid showing how much it hurts after that point (indeed, the 6970 was already within 2% of the 580 @ that resolution).

    Do note that there is NO unigine (balanced), NO compute (balanced),NO crysis warhead (balanced), NO 2560* (balanced) for every game and also that this is the only leak nVidia allowed before launch.

    Average performance considers only full HD, again favoring nVidia in a contest of cards that cost the price of 5 friggin full HD monitors – but w/E really.

    I’ll be honest, this is a good way to present data in order to get money from nVidia, congratulations Tom’s Hardware, you surely got all green fans and a lot of ignorant people who are going to buy that.

    For the others, read my review reviews and you’ll see how full of shit those reviewers can be.

    • http://clinicalcynicism.blogspot.com/ bryan

      well said. and to the guy talking about “look at the charts” – nvidia is controlling any leaked info. we wont know shit until enthusiasts can a/b both cards.

  • carage

    Mr. AMD Fanboy. this is a leaked review. wait a day to thirst ur quench. Oh and GTX 590 is faster than the HD 6990 in most cases. (i said in most cases so dont tell how in an ABC benchmark the 6990 beat the 590).

  • Jon
  • http://jseams John Seamans

    Everybody is sold out, but I have one on back-order. Upgrading from a 570 to this, not really any point, other than epeen. =)

  • http://www.geekorbit.net/ GeekOrbit

    It’s funny because the GTX 680 was suppose to be a mid-range chip but it was so fast that Nvidia just decided to call it the high-end offering. It’s the most efficient and best cooling high-end GPUs of recent years!