Galaxy Readying 4GB and Hall Of Fame Edition GTX 680 GPUs

March 26, 2012 - 11:36 AM |
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A new article over at Chinese site EXP Review suggests that graphics card manufacturer Galaxy is gearing up with three new NVIDIA GTX 680 graphics cards. Among the new GTX 680 GPUs pictured, Galaxy is planning a reference card, a heavily overclocked Hall Of Fame card, and models with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.

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Galaxy is upping the memory ante with a new NVIDIA GTX 680 that has 4 GB of memory - twice that of the reference cards. The card will use Hynix memory chips (8 on the front, 8 on the rear of the card), an improved 5+2 phase power supply with DirectFET replacements for the usual MOSFET design. In addition, the card features 6+8 pin PCI-E power connectors and an aftermarket Galaxy Gemini cooler. The Gemini HSF uses heatpipes and an aluminum fin array cooled by two 90mm fans to cool the card. The extra cooling enabled Galaxy to offer the new card with a 10% factory overclock, for a base clockspeed of 1.1 GHz.

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The other interesting card is the upcoming Galaxy GTX 680 Hall of Fame edition. This card is based on a white PCB with two 8 pin PCI-E power connectors (like those of the Asus DirectCU II and MSI Lightning). Further, it is cooled with three 90mm fans and five heatpipes leading to an aluminum fin array. The card will come equipped with dual BIOS support and overclocking software. It is not directly stated, but the Hall of Fame edition should be more overclockable thanks to the expanded cooling solution. Also, it may come with 4 GB of memory like the card above.

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In our PCPer Live Review, it was stated that while NVIDIA could do reference cards with 4 GB of memory, they chose not to in order to hit certain price points and profit margins. Instead, they left it up to the Add In Board partners to offer cards with extra RAM and factory overclocks. Galaxy is prepping their 4 GB cards, but theya re not likely to be the only vendor offering cards with increased memory.  More photos are available over at EXPReview.

 

Source: EXPReview
March 26, 2012 | 01:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

That white PCB is a pretty good idea. I've seen one in every color but that before.

March 26, 2012 | 03:59 PM - Posted by AParsh335i (not verified)

Nvidia really hit the target with the GTX 680, and Galaxy seems to have followed on their heels with this 4GB availability. A lot of people only talk about 3 important things for video cards: Price, Performance, and power consumption; however, i think there are 4 important factors: Price, Performance,power consumption, and # of displays supported. Now that Nvidia is matching AMD and letting you have 3 monitors with one card the onboard memory becomes more important too. Think about it this way - now you can buy a GTX 680 4GB and 3 cheap 22-24" 1080p monitors and play BF3 on high settings over 3 monitors :). Good job Galaxy.

March 26, 2012 | 05:16 PM - Posted by jewie27 (not verified)

with 4GB of Vram do you think that these cards can achieve 60 FPS in Battlefield 3 with 3D Vision enabled? My two GTX 580's only get 40 fps on ultra....

March 26, 2012 | 08:46 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

possibly, depending on resolution and quality settings. The 2GB card in our review got an average of 80 FPS iirc on Ultra settings, so knock down the quality until you hit 120 (which does not sound out of the relm of possibility), then figure that 3D Vision will knock that average in half... sounds probable.

March 26, 2012 | 05:40 PM - Posted by jrlroxcks (not verified)

It should with 4 gigs of ram and maybe some overclocking.

March 26, 2012 | 08:22 PM - Posted by Deman

Can't wait but is there going to be a water cooled card?

March 28, 2012 | 05:29 PM - Posted by Pete (not verified)

Guys read the reviews at hardocp.com, BF3 doesn't need more than 2gig vram, even with 3 x 24" monitors. It only needs more vram for multiplayer. Save some money!

March 31, 2012 | 01:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Pete there is no other reason to play BF3 except for the Multiplayer!

June 7, 2012 | 10:41 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The display to me is the most important part of a Gaming PC. Thats why I have a 30" 2560 x 1600 IPS display. Then Video card is second and why I want a 4Gb version of the 680 to replace my 3Gb 580.

June 28, 2012 | 06:31 PM - Posted by Lord Bri (not verified)

I've just bought an MSI GTX 580 3GB for £286, by my reckoning, that's a good deal, the cheapest 680 2gb from Dab's uk with discount is £380. I'm getting an ips 30" for £290, so the 580's are going pretty cheap now for those who could'nt afford them earlier...Wait till they drop in price i say...

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