Nvidia Announces, Releases New GTX 680 Desktop And GTX 560M Mobile GPUs

Last week we saw an early glimpse of Nvidia’s next-gen flagship GPU, the GTX 680, by way of leaked specs and images. Today, the mystery is gone as Nvidia has officially unveiled the GTX 680, taking the crown away from AMD’s ~2-month long reign on top.

What’s most impressive in our eyes at least is that even with the huge bump in hardware power, Nvidia actually managed to lower the 680′s power requirements from 244w (GTX580) down to 195w — thank the smaller 28nm die size of Kepler for that. Also, we’re literally jumping-off-our-seat excited that Nvidia has finally given their cards support for 3 and 4 monitors off of a single card. Until the GTX 680, you could only run up to two monitors off of any one card. The GTX 680 allows for three screens plus an “accessory” display.

As for the raw specs, you’re looking at a 1006 MHz core clock speed that will automatically up clock to 1058 MHz when needed, 128 texture units, 256-bit memory bus, 6 + 6 power pin layout, 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM and ~$510 MSRP.

In the fantastic AlienbabelTech review of the GTX 680, it’s pretty clear to see that AMD is also lagging in the GPU race as well. The 680 is simply better in pretty much every benchmark and game than AMD’s high end 7970 GPU as well as staying relatively close to Nvidia’s previous-gen, dual-gpu GTX 590. All things considered, this is a card you will want to add to your stable. Just don’t try right now – Newegg in particular is completely sold out of all available GTX 680 models.

In other news: If you’re not into the whole desktop thing, Nvidia also has a handful of legitimate new mobile GPUs to showcase today as well. The GTX 640, 650 and 660 M bring a new level of performance to laptops and ultra-thins thanks to Keplers 22nm die size, with the latter most (660M) packing an 850 MHz clock speed and 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM @ 2 GHz. Moving backwards, the GTX 650M can be had with GDDR5 (better) or older GDDR3 memory, while the 640M drops down to a core speed for 625 MHz.

If we move past the new Kepler cards above, Nvidia has some previous-gen (Fermi) based cards also debuting: GT 620M, 630M 635M and 640M; GTX 670 and 675. The GTX 675, while less based off the older, less efficient 40 nm Fermi architecture, is the mobile GPU to get if mobile gaming is your thing. While it shares many of the same specs with the GTX 660M (22nm Kepler), the doubled 256-bit memory bus should help those pixels flow freer and faster.

At this point the line in the sand should be pretty clear. If you want (generally) more affordably priced GPUs, and ones that tend to run cooler and consumer less power, choose AMD. But if it is raw speed you’re after, Nvidia is the only answer. With that said, we’ll have to wait for longer-term reviews of the GTX 680 to hit the web as the move to 22nm may have finally quelled Nvidia’s hot-running cards.

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Via: AlienbabelTech, Tom’s Hardware

  • Lloyd

    The move to 28nm may have quelled the hot running cards.