A little while back the Nvidia GTX 680 reigned supreme, knocking the HD 7970 off the throne. The GTX 680 is currently priced anywhere from 519$ – 785$ This new “Edition” of graphics card is priced at 499$. Not bad when it can beat the GTX 680 in most tests, although as stated below, you will need a bigger power supply!
You know the routine: we looked this revamped card’s spec sheet a few hours ago, so now it’s time to find out how it fared in independent tests and whether it’s worth the $499 outlay. On the face of it, this powerhouse of a card ought to be a champ, since it comes $50 cheaper than the original’s launch price (although that non-GHz Edition has now dropped to $449) and brings crucial improvements in clock speed and memory bandwidth. In practice? Well, it wins — but only on points. Read on for more.
Ryan Shrout over at PC Perspective was “pretty impressed” with the card, finding a 5-12 percent boost to gaming — on top of improvements in the latest drivers (Catalyst 12.7). This led to a “very slight” performance lead over the GTX 680, especially at higher resolutions, but the nimbler NVIDIA card still won on power efficiency. source engadget.com
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