While previous ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II graphics cards came in a three-slot design, the redesigned edition packages the product in a convenient two-slot height, to meet the demands of the gamer and overclock community as well as allow for easier integration into more desktop PCs.
The new edition includes a 4GB GDDR5 video memory, twice the previous allotment. It updates DirectCU II thermal design with new and efficient SSU-shaped heatpipes, and offers the stability, longevity, and enhanced overclocking of exclusive ASUS DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power. The card comes with the GPU Tweak utility and participates in the ASUS/Ubisoft game bundle promotion, which allows customers to choose one bonus game out of five on offer. The redesign signifies a move by ASUS towards more high-end cards with 4GB GDDR5, as the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II has also been re-released in a 4GB edition. A two-slot GeForce GTX 680 with 2GB GDDR5 will be made available early December.
The latest DirectCU II thermal design features a new all-copper heatpipe layout, with heat channels precision-shaped in a twin “S” and a single “U” configuration. The optimized SSU design makes better use of highly-conductive copper heatpipes, which are also nickel-plated to reduce oxidization. The pipes contact the GPU directly and improve thermal efficiency by being centered on the core. This shortens heat transference travel distance while doubling dissipation capacity in a similar or even smaller space than that of previous coolers, working together with large aluminum heatsinks. As a result, the redesigned GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II retains trademark DirectCU performance figures, including 20% lower temperatures and up to three times quieter operation compared to reference cards.
The redesigned GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 670 DirectCU II have been added from launch to the ASUS and Ubisoft game bundle promotion. With every purchase, customers receive one free game from a choice of five via UBIshop. Game titles available to choose from are 2012 hit title Assassin’s Creed III, survival actioner I Am Alive, intense shooter Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, suspenseful stealth adventure Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction, and real time strategy game R.U.S.E.