The shortage of GK104 Kepler chips seems to have been dealt with and new GeForce GTX 680s are available aplenty from retailers. Besides copies of the reference card selling under different brands, we can also see original versions which were announced along with the GeForce GTX 680 but were actually released a few weeks later. One of them is the highly exciting Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream 2 GB we are going to examine today. Moreover, we will benchmark two GeForce GTX 680s in SLI mode and compare this set-up with the world’s fastest graphics card GeForce GTX 690.
Closer Look at Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream 2 GB (NE5X680H1042-1040J)
Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing
The Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream specs are listed in the table in comparison with the GeForce GTX 680, the discrepancies formatted in bold font:
Palit also offers a GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream with clock rates of 1006/6008 MHz and as much as 4 gigabytes of onboard memory for $640, but we haven’t been able to get a sample to test.
Packaging and Accessories
The box with Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream is large and has a lot of information on its back:
If that’s not enough, you can open the front of the box up and read detailed information about each component of the new graphics card and even see the latter through a plastic window.
According to that information, the Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream is expected to have 10% higher overclocking potential, 9 dB lower noise and 8°C lower temperature compared to the reference sample.
The accessories are rather meager. The card is accompanied by two adapters, a power cable, a CD with drivers and a brief installation guide.
There are no interface cables or video games or any other extras in the box, although this is a premium-class product with a recommended price of $549. We guess that buyers of this graphics card would appreciate a fuller set of accessories.
The Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream is manufactured in China. Its warranty period is 1 year.