NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Reviewer's Guide

Many times we have been asked what exactly CPU and GPU companies "require" of us when working on a review of yet-to-be-released hardware. Published here is the Reviewers Guide from the recent NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 launch in its entirety. Besides it being a great geeked-out read, you will likely learn a few things.

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Guys talk, you hear things. Or in this case, reviewers write reviews and you read things about new products on the market.

This discussion comes up in the [H]ardForum quite often. People know that these big tech companies supply the online review community with a "reviewer's guide." Many of our readers have always asked what exactly is in these guides; what exactly do the guides "require" of the reviewer. Many [H] readers ask if we "follow" the guide’s instructions. In short, HardOCP does things so much different when it comes to evaluating GPUs that AMD and NVIDIA still have not gotten a solid hand on what we do, so either of those companies generally does not try to dictate much anything to us.

A decade ago, reviewer's guides were a bit more pointed in what companies expected of a review website when it wrote a review. In fact, way back then, while it was not common, some hardware review websites did get "cut off" if the guides were not followed. Now, you will not find any company that will cop to that happening, but the simple fact is that it did. If the company supplying the review hardware was inclined to do so, it might not see review hardware again, at least for a cycle or two. The most memorable event of HardOCP getting cut off was with the launch of the Matrox Parhelia. That was a bit backwards though, Matrox knew there was a chance in hell of doing the review like it wanted, so we did not get hardware. We all know how Parhelia turned out. Too bad Parhelia did not have the horsepower needed for the framerates required by gamers, because it truly was a product before its time in terms of features.

Things have changed now days in terms of reviewer’s guides. Today these documents are much more driven to the purpose of helping the reviewer out with a bigger picture of what to expect from the product. The guide published in full here is chock full of information about GeForce GTX 680, some of it you likely have not seen commented on officially. There is a huge amount of information here, much more information that we like to publish in our reviews since we stay with the spirit of trying to write a digestible review instead of a technology novella.

So, if you are looking to geek-out on something, this may be exactly what you are looking for. If nothing else, you will get to see the overall message that NVIDIA is evangelizing to the folks that write the reviews you are reading across the Web. It should be interesting to see how the review messages you have consumed differ or agree with what exactly NVIDIA’s messages were on the new GPU. Enjoy.

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We have removed the last 5 pages of the guide that contained worldwide press relations contact and a copyright statement.

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