Overall and FV
When NVidia invited me out to check out what they had been working on I was excited but unsure of what to expect. They had been very quiet about what to expect up until that point. After getting the full breakdown their and heading home to put the card to the test I have been very impressed with both the performance of the GTX 680 but also the work that NVidia put into both the card and the software and drivers behind it. Performance is one thing, but the dynamic boost that GPU Boost give you is unique and efficient in design and implementation. Adaptive VSync and the improvements in surround show that NVidia is always trying to improve our gaming experience by listening to what everyone wants and what everyone hates about PC gaming. Being able to run 3+1 on one card is a big step in the right direction.
So I’m sure by now you’re wondering what it’s going to cost you to get a GTX 680 into your new PC right? What would you pay to get the fastest single GPU on the market? For the last few months the HD 7970 reference card has been selling for $549 and the GTX 680 out performs it considerably. I was very surprised when NVidia let us know that the GTX 680 will retail for $499. That is a price that even as lesser performance would/will force a major change in pricing for all video cards on the market. This is exciting because this will mean better performance for your dollar across the board. I expect to see a lot of people sporting GTX 680’s in SLI at that price, especially as they mature a little bit and we see even lower prices.