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Old April 9, 2012, 03:54 PM
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That seems to be worth the $30 premium. The 680's are powerful cards for the 256 bit interface, incredible really.

However, at 2500 x 1600 (Metro, Crysis 2, and BF3) a stock 680 is 20-28% faster than in a stock 580....
Reminds me of the GTX 8800 to GTX 9800 in terms of performance increases -that was a step down to a lower bus width, but with a more streamlined architecture running faster and cooler- was a hell of a lot cheaper at release though. If the above game details are maxed out with more AA, I'm willing to bet the difference will be smaller than 20-28% at enthusiast resolutions.

Its a great card but not a massive step up for gamers at enthusiast resolutions. Both the 580 and 680 overclock well so I'm not sure overclocking will change anything....if anything it might close the gap even more

I'd also like to see them test it clock for clock against a 580, just to get and idea of additional performance when they release the larger memory bus versions i.e. 384bit+. All that said its still an amazing card.
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