NVIDIA Kepler GPU GeForce GTX 680 Video Card Review

The silicon we have all been waiting for is here. NVIDIA is launching its next generation GeForce GTX 680 video card, poised with the new flagship GPU from NVIDIA. Can it compete with AMD's Radeon HD 7970? We were somewhat amazed at how this NVIDIA GPU does when it comes to gaming, pricing, efficiency, and features.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution motherboard, an Intel Core i7 2600K Overclocked at 4.8GHz, and 8GB of Corsair RAM.

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Drivers

For the AMD Radeon HD 7970 we are using AMD supplied drivers, which are version 8.95.5 (Cat 12.3 Beta) drivers. These are superior to Cat 12.2 WHQL, and actually contain some code that will be in 12.4.

For the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 we are using ForceWare 296.10.

For the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 we are using NVIDIA supplied drivers version ForceWare 300.99.