Alright, here we have the Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream 4GB edition. Overall a nice but sure, slightly odd looking card. Let's look at the factory overclocked card from several different viewpoints. The GTX 680 card is quite good looking with the black colored monitor connectors and then that triple fan JetStream cooler. The card is equipped with the GK104 GPU that harbors the new Kepler architecture. You get the basics like the graphics card, PEG converter cables, manual and a demo and driver CD.
The card will come with four GB of graphics memory, that's definitely enough if you are a hardcore gamer with a high monitor resolution or are using multiple monitors to game on. If you plan to game on triple monitors a 4 GB model might be the better choice as the extra framebuffer could help you out a bit in the uber high resolutions and hefty AA combinations.
Here we can see the triple fans a little better, combined with the 8CM-9CM-8CM Smart Fans, heat is effectively drawn away from hot spots.
Here we have the PCB, it is based on a 6-phase power design with two added phases for the memory subsystem thus that's a 4+2 phase design following the reference design 100%, it however is a custom board made by Palit themselves.
With 4GB of graphics memory, the RAM ICs will be located at the backside of the card as well. We spot Hynix gDDR5 memory modules.
The card is PCIe gen 3.0 compatible. Going from PCIe Gen 2 to Gen 3 doubles the bandwidth available to the add-on cards installed, from 500 MB/s per lane to 1 GB/s per lane. NVIDAI still needs to release a driver opening up that function though. For now all cards are limited towards gen 2.0 PCIe.
Palit now uses DrMOS MOSFETs on the PCB, originally only available for high-end server CPUs. DrMOS offers high current circuits, low noise operation, and reduction of heat output.
The card is 27 cm in length by the way. Included in the bundle is a small manual, power converter, DVI-DSUB and DVI to HDMI converters, a driver CD oh and one card ;)
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