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the gtx 680 (from what i hear) is pretty much a rebranded gtx 670, the real gtx 680, the single gpu flagship, is coming soon afterwards
the only reason they called it the gtx 680 instead of the gtx 670 was because the performance was surprisingly good enough to be marketed as a gtx 680
i wouldnt shell that much money for a "top of the line" 680 when it was designed originally to be the 670, it just wouldnt feel right because the amount of dough youre spending, id want something designed to be top of the line, to be the best, not something that was good enough to be labeled with a name that is associated with the best of the nvidia lineup
but like i said, its from what i hear

Who says this was supposed to be the GTX 670?
Reports from the past months tell that this was indeed supposed to be a midrange card but what makes you think it would be specifically named 670 let alone have the same specs (clock speeds, shaders etc.) as it has now if they released it under another brand? If anything, educated guess tells me that this was meant to be more like a 660 (GF104 -> GF 114 -> GK104) with much lower clockspeeds and power consumption though (so nothing compared to the 680 as it stands now performance-wise). They noticed it was competitive against AMDs top notch cards and beefed up the clocks / specs whatever.

There is no hidden / locked shaders in the GTX 680 so no, we won't see anything faster than that based on the GK104. You probably mean GK100/110 as the "real 680", but I doubt we'll see that anytime soon.
Edited by toX0rz - 5/11/12 at 5:03am
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The 680 has one extra SMX unit. Longer PCB for better cooling than the shorter board then the 670. Slight difference. Can yield a higher OC theoretically over the 670 design to pull a bit further away.

Question is wether the higher price is worth it to each person which will vary depending who you ask. Personally I'd pay the premium when in the back of my mind I knew the 670 was just a tad gimped.

However most in thier economical hard times can't justify it and the 670 right now is the best price / performance card of the new series between both Nvidia and AMD. wink.gif
     
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Anyone seen any reviews on this thing yet? Wonder what speeds it can hit with the extra power phases thinking.gif
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-_- They're never available.. I need a card for my catleap..
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LOL^

 

$130 for 2 gig of VRAM.....

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LOL^

$130 for 2 gig of VRAM.....

GTX 580 3GB generally tended to be about $75-100 more than the 1.5GB. This was after prices and availability settled. Give it a few months I'm sure this will be around $550-599, especially if they finally release GTX 685 TT GT AMG SVT M R VXR SRT SS SC GTi STi EVO MR SE.
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especially if they finally release GTX 685 TT GT AMG SVT M R VXR SRT SS SC GTi STi EVO MR SE.

Now that sounds like a powerful card!
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GTX 580 3GB generally tended to be about $75-100 more than the 1.5GB. This was after prices and availability settled. Give it a few months I'm sure this will be around $550-599, especially if they finally release GTX 685 TT GT AMG SVT M R VXR SRT SS SC GTi STi EVO MR SE.

This isn't just a 4GB model, its 4GB FTW. FTW cards come with a factory overclock nobody cares about, but the real selling point is that they're binned higher than other eVGA chips. While you could certainly get a "FTW-capable" chip by buying the stock models, you're guaranteed a certain level of performance with a chip binned FTW. Basically, instead of buying a card that could range anywhere from bad -> great overclocking performance, you're looking at a pool of good -> great.

Once vanilla 4GBs surface, you'll see them for similar markups when compared to the 580 3GB.
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why is the memory set to reference on the 4gb model?
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This isn't just a 4GB model, its 4GB FTW. FTW cards come with a factory overclock nobody cares about, but the real selling point is that they're binned higher than other eVGA chips. While you could certainly get a "FTW-capable" chip by buying the stock models, you're guaranteed a certain level of performance with a chip binned FTW. Basically, instead of buying a card that could range anywhere from bad -> great overclocking performance, you're looking at a pool of good -> great.
Once vanilla 4GBs surface, you'll see them for similar markups when compared to the 580 3GB.

EVGA didn't make a "FTW" or "SC" 580 3gb so this was the closest thing to compare when considering memory and prior products (price 1.5 vs 3.0). I'm pretty familiar with the premium you pay for owning a higher vram version, regardless if its the ultra, super duper, awesomeness, totally radical, turbo clocked version wink.gif. Still, you would want to compare the price difference between this and the FTW 2gb and it falls in line to the 580 example i gave. Again, you're right, this is a higher binned gpu, but so is the FTW 2gb thumb.gif
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