Back in March we were wowed by NVIDIA's first 28nm Kepler-based GPU, the GeForce GTX 680. After losing out to AMD on being first to market with its 28nm chip, NVIDIA delivered a stunning riposte with the excellent performance scores and efficient power consumption of the GTX 680, leaving AMD reeling, and securing NVIDIA a stranglehold on the enthusiast graphics card market. In fact, in an attempt to stay competitive, AMD first announced price cuts on its AMD Radeon HD 7970, and then followed that by announcing a relaunch of the card with higher core clock speeds.
We've now seen most of NVIDIA's add-in partners releasing their own souped versions of NVIDIA's flagship model with factory overclocking and custom coolers, all designed to deliver even better performance and improved efficiency. Today we're taking a look at two of those cards.
Here are the contenders:
Palit's GeForce GTX 680 JetStream features a triple-fan cooler and a boost in core clock speed from 1006MHz to 1085 MHz.. Memory clock speed has also been increased from 6008MHz DDR to 6608MHz DDR. In terms of pricing, Palit's offering will set you back S$769, just S$20 more than the S$749 for a reference based design.
MSI's offering utilizes their Twin Frozr III design (first seen on their Radeon 6870 Hawk edition a year ago) with 80mm dual fans and SuperPipe technology for better heat dissipation. Core clock speeds have been given a modest boost from 1006MHz to 1059MHz with memory remaining at the stock 6008MHz DDR. This unit retails for S$819, S$70 more than some of the reference card designs hovering at S$749.