We were eager to test out our second GTX 680 and get some SLI performance results!!
When the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 launched in March we were incredibly impressed with the performance and technology that the GPU was able to offer while also being power efficient. Fast forward nearly a month and we are still having problems finding the card in stock – a HUGE negative towards the perception of the card and the company at this point.
Still, we are promised by NVIDIA and its partners that they will soon have more on shelves, so we continue to look at the performance configurations and prepare articles and reviews for you. Today we are taking a look at the Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 2GB card – their most basic model that is based on the reference design.
If you haven’t done all the proper reading about the GeForce GTX 680 and the Kepler GPU, you should definitely check out my article from March that goes into a lot more detail on that subject before diving into our review of the Galaxy card.
The Card, In Pictures
The Galaxy GTX 680 is essentially identical to the reference design with the addition of some branding along the front and top of the card. The card is still a dual-slot design, still requires a pair of 6-pin power connections and uses a very quiet fan in relation to the competition from AMD.
The back of the card doesn’t reveal anything out of the ordinary.
A pair of 6-pin power connections provide all the power the GK104 chip needs and we see the new stacked connector method the company created for the GTX 680.
If you are an eager gamer you can run not just this GTX 680 but as many as four of them in a single system thanks to the robust SLI support provided by these dual connectors.
The display output configuration includes a pair of dual-link DVI connections, a full-size HDMI and a full-size DisplayPort connection. Keep in mind that with NVIDIA’s cards you utilize all four outputs simultaneously and you can support three displays without the need for any kind of active adapter.