I will be honest with you: this post is mainly about the release of the new Nvidia GTX 600 series. I am sure most of you have heard about or read the reviews, but ZOTAC was nice enough to send me a press release about their forthcoming ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 2GB card and they have a really nice bonus to their card as well.

There are some major changes to the idea of graphic processor units and how the system treats them by default. The first is new Nvidia GPU Boost technology to ensure you are getting the maximum performance with your system. This technology amounts to automated, on-the-fly performance tuning that will increase clock speed and adjust Vsync to maximize performance. This means cards will not have a default clock (minimum speed the GPU will run) and boost clock speed (speed it will reach by automated system). Vsync is turned on and off based on FPS being below or above 60 respectively. Provided tear protection is only as needed.

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 will also have Nvidia’s new anti-aliasing algorithm called TXAA. Nvidia claims this will provided the equavalent of 16x AA at a 4x AA penalty. Or you can take the full penalty and simply go well beyond anything standard FXAA can provide right now. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 will also be more power efficient using only two 6-pin connectors for power, and quieter at 46 dBA instead of 51 dBA than the previous generation GTX 580.

Now the big question is why would be pick ZOTAC over other brands since this still in the stock cooler design phase. Well ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 comes with free games in Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed 2: Deluxe Edition, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and TrackMania 2 Canyon 3-Day Game Pass. A free game is good, a free game series is better. I know Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is missing, but that was a side story anyway. If you happen to already have these games, you give the codes to friends or sell them to make the card’s overall price a little cheaper. Either way it is win-win.

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Mar. 22, 2012 – ZOTAC International, a global innovator of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the next-generation in PC graphics with the GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card. The new ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card redefines smooth, seamless and lifelike gaming with a new architecture, features and unprecedented performance.

Next-generation SMX unified shaders empower the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 with double the performance-per-watt and six-times the amount of processor cores per shader unit compared to the previous generations for out-of-this-world gaming performance. The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card packs 2 GB of the world’s fastest GDDR5 video memory with a clock speed of 6008 MHz thanks to a new 28nm manufacturing process for unrestricted performance capabilities.

New NVIDIA® GPU Boost technology maximizes clock speeds using available energy headroom on the fly for an instant performance boost in every gaming scenario. NVIDIA® Adaptive Vertical Sync technology virtually eliminates the compromise of stuttering or tearing associated with gaming with or without vertical sync enabled on the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card by dynamically adjusting VSYNC to prevent tearing and reduce stuttering for smoother gaming.

“PC gaming always pushes the limits of visuals and the first platform to redefine the definition of lifelike gaming. The new ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 with NVIDIA®’s Kepler architecture benefits gamers and developers by maximizing performance and visual quality of current games and providing developers with plenty of headroom to push the next-generation of PC games,” says Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.

Up to four displays can be driven by a single ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card for non-gaming use and enhanced productivity. The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 readily supports 3840 x 2160, or 4K, displays via HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 ports to take gaming beyond HD resolutions.

NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround capabilities enables gamers to take gaming to the next-level with triple-display gaming with a single ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card for unmatched stereoscopic 3D gaming immersion.

The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card achieves groundbreaking energy-efficiency and only requires two six-pin PCI Express power connectors for maximum performance-per-watt. High-efficiency cooling and additional acoustic dampening materials make the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 quieter than previous generations with only 46dBA of noise from the previous generations 51dBA.

“The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 is the ultimate gamers card. The support for single-card NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround, class-leading energy-efficiency, quiet acoustics, PCI Express 3.0 interface, new technologies and features combine to make the perfect card for die-hard PC gamers and enthusiasts,” Mr. Berger added.

A new Assassin’s Creed® 3-Game Pack ships with the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card and lets gamers relive the original Assassin’s Creed® and Assassin’s Creed II: Deluxe Edition adventures as well as embark on the latest adventure – Assassin’s Creed®: Revelations. The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card also ships with a 3-Day Game Pass for Trackmania2 Canyon to let gamers experience the latest online racing phenomenon.

It’s time to play with ZOTAC and the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 680 graphics card.

General details of ZOTAC NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 GPU

  • 1536 SMX unified shaders
  • Engine clock: 1006 MHz (base), 1058 MHz (boost)
  • 2GB GDDR5 memory
  • Memory clock: 6008 MHz
  • 256-bit memory interface
  • DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI & DisplayPort outputs
  • PCI Express 3.0 interface
  • NVIDIA® GPU Boost technology
  • NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround capable
  • NVIDIA® FXAA technology
  • NVIDIA® TXAA technology
  • NVIDIA® 3-way SLI™ ready
  • NVIDIA® Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • DirectX® 11 technology & Shader Model 5.0
  • OpenGL® 4.2 compatible
  • Hardware-accelerated Full HD video playback
  • Blu-ray 3D ready
  • Loss-less audio bitstream capable
  • ZOTAC Assassin’s Creed® 3-Game Pack included
  • Assassin’s Creed®
  • Assassin’s Creed® II
  • Assassin’s Creed®: Revelations
  • TrackMania 2 Canyon 3-Day Game Pass included


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