NVIDIA laid low and hunkered down for the last couple of generations of GPU releases. AMD crested along, releasing the 6000 and 7000 series of Radeon GPUs that in most cases beat their NVIDIA counterparts in price/performance. Recently, AMD scored major review wins with their 28nm Radeon HD 7970, which was the fastest gaming GPU available in most cases.
NVIDIA unleashed their GTX 680 to hardware review sites, and one after another, they’re glowing. AnandTech says,
“The GTX 680 is faster, cooler, and quieter than the Radeon HD 7970. NVIDIA has landed the technical trifecta, and to top it off they’ve priced it comfortably below the competition.”
“The GeForce GTX 680 truly is a win right out of the gate. It has been a long time since we’ve said that about a new GPU from NVIDIA, and it is about time the company got something right the first time!”
While TechReport writes,
“There is very little not to like about the GeForce GTX 680. With this GPU, NVIDIA catches up to AMD on a whole host of fronts overnight, from power efficiency and performance to process tech and feature set. NVIDIA was even able to supply us with working software that uses its H.264 video encoder, something AMD has yet to do for the Radeon HD 7970 and friends.”
It seems like NVIDIA’s strategy with this card was to make some sacrifices in GPGPU performance—an area they traditionally dominate—and focus on power efficiency and gaming performance. What a flip-flop that is, especially considering that NVIDIA has been the go-to for GPU compute-intensive applications; and what’s more interesting is that a new generation of GPGPU accelerated software (such as Adobe’s upcoming Creative Suite 6) is finally supporting OpenCL instead of NVIDIA’s proprietary CUDA exclusively. We could see a day in which AMD becomes the preferred card for GPU compute while NVIDIA focuses on gaming performance. Times be weird.
- 2gb GDDR 5 at 6ghz
- 1536 CUDA cores
- TDP: 195w
- 2x dual-link DVI outputs
- 1x HDMI
- 1x full size DisplayPort
- NVIDIA Surround (triple display from single card)
- GPU Boost (will dynamically overclock GPU if game doesn’t hit TDP envelope)
The NVIDIA GTX 680 is available at retail today at an MSRP of $499, although Newegg shows them out of stock at the time of this writing.