Originally Posted by Harkster
Huh I search for the gtx 680 on newegg but it looks like they deactivated several cards. I don't see Asus or the standard Gigabyte.
At some point some
vendors will stop production of reference cards and focus on their non-reference versions.
Seems to be the case possibly to when there's limited supplies or could just be chalked up to manufacturing reasons.
Example, if you look at Newegg for an AMD Sapphire reference card, they have been removed as well. However Sapphire has another version listed with their own cooling unit on a reference PCB and that's factory over clocked.
Both Gigabyte and ASUS do the same with both reference boards with their own cooling units or non-reference cards stock and factory over clocked versions.
Edited to add: You may see a few more trickle in if you keep watch. ASUS has deactivated their reference AMD version and put back into inventory twice now in the last three months on Newegg.
Gigabtye is an exclusive Nvidia vendor but may also pertain to them.