New NVIDIA GTX 680 Launch Video Leaks


Leaked video of Nvidia’s much-awaited new video card made an unexpected appearance today, showing off enticing new features and one extremely hairy monster. In the promo, corporate marketing VP Ujesh Desai runs down a list of four innovations that will make the GeForce GTX680 — the company’s “fastest, most efficient” card ever — that much more desirable.

The first, “GPU Boost,” enables the card to automatically adjust clock speeds in real time, depending on the power needs of a given game or application. Run a low-power game, in other words, and the GTX680 will literally overclock itself.

Second, Desai shows off TXAA, a new anti-aliasing technique that NVidia promises will reduce jaggedness without effecting overall performance. It’s a difficult trick to pull off, but if the company’s new AA technology manages it, expect the card to be popular indeed.

The third segment, which demonstrates improvements made to Nvidia’s PhysX technology, finds beauty in destruction. Three stone columns are pushed, pulled, smashed, and shot, falling each time into randomized, procedurally generated pieces. Gone are the days, claims Desai, when artists would have to pre-render animations for a game with destructible scenery.

Saving their furriest for last, Nvidia introduces viewers to a gorilla-orc-type creature standing in an animator’s playpen. The GTX680, Desai explains, will be able to render 100,000 individual hairs in real-time, resulting in the amazing rippling and blow-drying effects on display.

The card will also be able to render 3D Vision Surround off a single graphics card. To prove that point, the video concludes with a shot of a contend-looking bearded man in 3D glasses, playing Skyrim on three monitors. Do you want to be that guy? I know I do.


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18 Comments on New NVIDIA GTX 680 Launch Video Leaks


On March 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Very impressive, but I’ll wait for GK110 later this year. This is GK104, which was originally going to be a midrange part, and would’ve been priced as such. But because of how well this card compares to AMD’s high end stuff they’re going to price it like a high-end part. Sure, it has the performance to match, but I couldn’t drop that kind of money on it knowing they’re just taking advantage of the market and still feel right about it.


On March 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Having just recently purchased two GTX 560s to run in SLI, myself, I look forward to seeing how things move forward in the near future.

If Nvidia ends up pricing their newer parts really high like ATI is doing right now, my choice will be vindicated. It kind of sucks to think about, y’know, buying something and then finding out a month later about something that makes that awesome thing you just bought seem somewhat irrelevant, but thankfully the GPU giants don’t seem interested in pushing the envelope quite that hard (or they just aren’t capable of it – I understand the constant shrinking of the die has put up some technological hurdles difficult to jump through).

Not that it really matters, mind – I’m very happy with my current setup as it is, and that’s all that matters, right?


On March 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

Glad I still got a GTX460 ….I can skip straight to GTX580


On March 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

i own a GTX 275 and i already run all the good games maxed out, bf3, etc. should i buy this ? of its a ripp off ?


On March 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

“TXAA” is bull i don t have it and my graphics dosent look like crap like they show in the video… What a rip off


On March 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

MadMax, I’m starting to believe you’re just a troll. Either you have absolutely no idea about PC hardware, which is understandable if that is the case (heck I started from nothing like everyone else), or you are intentionally making ridiculous posts to annoy people. So which is it? I’m more than willing to be informative, but I have to know what I’m dealing with here.


On March 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

a troll ? all i said is true so understand the facts, there no video games out there made for those video cards they keep comming out, explain this to me, why his TXAA thing is bull cuz my video card dosent have it and my graphics dosent look like what he said they should look like without TXAA, so i guess he lied. hes just trying to sell a out of price videocard that does nothing more, then what i already have, seriously, when all graphics options are maxed out with a GTX 275, Why bother pay money for some thing “better” ? what actually does nothing better ? or maybe those video cards are good for ppl who have a crapy computer.


On March 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

… u didint answer my question… im already running all the new games maxed out, WHY should i pay more money to do the same thing ? and TXAA is a serious joke, my video card dosent have it, and still the graphics dosent look like the crap like they show in the video, it must be a lie, the only thing i could say my video card dosent do is the thing about the beast with lots of hairs… is it worth to pay 500$ only for that ? its a rip off, ive never even seen a game that would require a beast with lots of hairs anyway. and anyway when the graphics are already maxed out, paying for a new video card would be the dumbest thing ever.


On March 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

You cannot possibly have BF3 maxed out on a GTX 275. In fact there are several games out there that you can’t possibly have maxed on that card, and that’s without even counting DX11 games. The 200 series were DX10 generation cards, and I used to have a GTX 285 that could just barely handle max detail at 1680×1050. So the reason I didn’t answer your question is because you’re either lying, or you’re mistaken.

As for the merits of TXAA, you cannot possibly fathom how big of a deal it is because you’re obviously clueless about GPUs. Being able to get good AA at far less of a performance hit is a big deal, so when nVidia introduces FXAA/TXAA and AMD brings in MLAA, it is in fact a big deal.

Suffice it to say, no, you shouldn’t buy this card until you get a clue.


On March 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I’m in love with my 2 GTX460s…But this card…Ooooh myyyyy gooooooood. I want it…soooo very badly…


On March 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

LOL i can t have bf3 maxed out ? i do… don t belive me i don t give a crap…….. cuz its the facts if u dont belive me then u must be a moron… my computer is worth over 1300$ that might help u understand


On March 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

LOL u say the GTX 285 can t handle 1680×1050, u must really be retarted i run bf3 maxed out direct x 11 and full hd 1900x(what ever the number is)
wow so many ppl don t belive me, im laughing so hard right now, LOL LOLO LOL, i run many other games maxed out Warhammer dawn of war2, The Witcher 2, SC 2, AoE3, Skyrim. why the hell would i come here and tell lies ? i hate liers, why the should an honest guy like me come here to Brag if it wasent true…. maybe a loser in ur kind would do it, but i don t. i understand on a 500$ cpu with my video card U wont run Bf3 maxed out, but my comp is worth 1300$ an i7. belive it or don t i don t give a damn, ima go play right now bf3 Maxed out. Lolz and no lag at all ever.


On March 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

LOL im either lying or mistaking ?> I maxed the graphics they are all at ultra… is there some thing beyond ultra that i missed ?


On March 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

wow evrey sentence u put there i laughed so hard i could’nt even read the rest before posting, really u must be retarted i might not know much about computers, but U know more then me, but its u thats mistaking, Idiot. my friend has the same computer then me but with a video card abit cheaper and his graphics are nearly maxed… my video card is better, so evrey thing is maxed. the end.


On March 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

LOL SXO ur computer must suck hard, cuz mine run evrey thing maxed out. i have a computer worth 1300$ an i7… ill have to admit i used to have a GTX270 before i bought the 275 and it was laggy, but with this new card evrey thing is perfectly fine….. why the hell ppl don t belive me when i tell nothing but the truth…….. and when some other guys tell lies, ppl belive them……… seriously WTF is wrong with *ucking humans ?


On March 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

seriously im laughing so hard right now, the dude who know evrey thing about computers have a weak computer, and dude who dosent know much, has the best thing ever, and even worse no one belive him Lolz…


On March 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

“i run bf3 maxed out direct x 11″
That statement says everything about you MadMax. I’m not even going to ask you to explain how a DX10.1 card can run DX11, because you just basically demonstrated your ignorance. Also, reading comprehension is obviously not your strong suit as I stated the GTX 285 that I used to have (past tense, as in not my current card) could barely handle max settings (meaning it did it, but at barely playable framerates averaging 30fps). Ofcourse, none of this will penetrate your skull because you’re an obvious troll. I should’ve known it from the very first comment you made, but foolishly I responded, and now we’re at an impasse. You’re too stupid to realize just how stupid you are, and I’m stuck regurgitating facts that you’ll simply dismiss due to your own stupidity.

Please Dr. pain, don’t encourage him.


On March 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

In the interest of not having to wait for another stream of replies with more ridiculous claims before having to retort, I’m gonna go ahead and post a few examples where the GTX 275 fails to “play everything at max detail.” Let’s begin:

Here’s a few reviews benchmarking the GTX 275 playing Crysis: Warhead:,680543/Review-Ati-Radeon-HD-4890-versus-Nvidia-Geforce-GTX-275/Reviews/?page=8

In the first two reviews, in order to achieve playable framerates at 1900×1200, they have to play the game at “Gamer” settings (equivalent of High) instead of the in-game max of “Enthusiast” (Very High). For the third review (click on the 1900×1200 resolution) you’ll see they did an apple-to-apples test with the game on Enthusiast settings with everything maxed out which results in unplayable framerates.

Let’s try the same review but on STALKER: Clear Sky:,680543/Review-Ati-Radeon-HD-4890-versus-Nvidia-Geforce-GTX-275/Reviews/?page=14

Again, maxed out settings at 1900×1200 results in unplayable framerates. But let’s continue….

Let’s try a notorious system killer, Metro 2033:

Once again, unplayable framerates at 1900×1200. But let’s try one more game….

ARMA 2:,685770/Armed-Assault-2-Graphics-card-benchmarks-and-visual-quality-compared-Top-article-of-June-2009/Practice/

Unplayable at High or Very High settings at 1280×1024, far lower than your own reso of 1900×1200.

But you’ll be happy to know that I managed to verify your claim that you play BF3 on “Ultra.” This video was done on a GTX 275 with “Ultra” settings, and you’ll see the framerates are at an acceptable level:

The article that video was tied to claimed they were getting an average of 28fps in that video. But let me make it clear that you are NOT playing BF3 with DX11, and yes, the difference is quite noticeable. Is it noticeable enough to spend more money on a new video card? In my opinion, yes, but not $500. You can easily do max settings at 1900×1200 in BF3 with something like an AMD 6870 or an nVidia 460 GTX, both of which will not break the bank.

The 680 GTX is not for people playing at 1900×1200 unless they’re trying to hit 120 fps. It’s an enthusiast product for people requiring the most extreme performance, or pushing very large or multiple displays. And as for bashing TXAA, if you understood AA, and the progress made over the years with it, you would understand that it’s actually a great feature. In fact, I would say TXAA and adaptive V-Sync are the two best features of the Kepler chip.

This whole arguement stems from someone bashing a product they do not understand, and backing up their criticism with baseless claims.