I had a look at the new bunch of GTX680s from various manufacturers and we saw that they were mostly stock versions which didn’t deviate much from the reference design. However, we’ve now got some news from the big three manufacturers to watch, and I warn you – those Asians are always up to building something crazy.
EVGA’s Signature Superclocked Edition is a special variant from the five cards they released details for earlier this week. This variant comes with dual 90mm fans, is factory overclocked and comes with a slightly longer warranty. There’s also a special backplate to dissipate heat and to make disassembly that much harder for you (because, you know, its a thing of beauty).
Its barely been a week, and already Palit has had its impressive Jetstream GTX680 reviewed and out of the gate. The card is factory overclocked with core speeds of 1085Mhz, memory speeds of 1575Mhz and boost speeds of up to 1150Mhz, which is a decent enough step up from the reference model. The card features a resdesigned PCB with a custom triple fan cooler, 6 and 8-pin PCI Express power connectors and a really nice basic bundle in the box. While it has two SLI fingers, the card is monstrous, taking up three slots with the redesigned cooler. Palit expects global availability to start panning out in a month, so be prepared to shell out at least R6,000 for the card when it hits our shores. Tweaktown gives it a rating of 97%, and mentions that its bay far one of the best NVIDIA models they’ve ever seen.
ZOTAC is a bunch of crazy Chinese engineers crowded in a lab and given money to design whatever they feel could be designed with NVIDIA’s chips. They’ve already hinted at a 2Ghz GTX680 variant, and pictured here is a China-only Extreme Edition variant. Its hugely different to the reference card, features a massively redesigned heatsink, power gating setup and also the ability to plug in a USB controller, which will be bundled with the card to fit into a 5.25″ drive bay. The USB controller will control fan speeds, offer temperature information and might also have a dial to overclock it as well. Its not worth holding your breath – ZOTAC China rearely exports their crazy designs to other countries, but you’ll definitely be able to import it once its released. Oh, and absolutely NOTHING is stock about this card.
That’s about it for now, more variants will be on the way, and I’ll be sure to post them up for your perusal later. Who knows, I might even get lucky enough to review one myself later this year. If you haven’t yet seen what the GTX680 is capable of, follow the links below to my extensive three-part overview.