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.