4 Nvidia GeForce GTX 680s vs 4 AMD Radeon HD 7970s

In our race against the clock it was Asus that came through before all others. The first Nvidia partner to deliver a GeForce GTX 680 to our offices, it gave us the Asus GTX680-2GD5. It's common that, when a new high-end video card is launched, the samples from the different manufacturers are actually reference models adorned with a manufacturer's own print and logo. That is also the case here. The Asus card therefore looks somewhat hipper, with a nice design that flows into the Asus logo.

Zotac was also able to quickly deliver one of its first GeForce GTX 680s to our test lab. The Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB is also a reference model with the company's own print on it. As an extra bonus, Zotac bundles games from the Assassin's Creed series.

We want to express our sincere thanks to Alternate in Ridderkerk for providing us with the last and fourth card. As one of the few chosen shops in the Netherlands, it can pride itself on having a limited number of GeForce GTX 680 cards available today. It was kind enough to make its supply even more limited for our benefit, temporarily at least. The card Alternate in Ridderkerk gave us also comes from Asus.

The specifications of the Asus and Zotac cards won't be a surprise to you: 2GB GDDR5 RAM, 1,006MHz base clock, 1,058MHz boost clock, 1,502MHz memory clock frequency, 2x DVI, 1x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort 1.2. Our Benelux readers should be aware that Asus and Zotac are two of Nvidia's preferred partners for the Benelux. This means that it is very probable that these will be two of the brands that will first appear in (online) stores.

So, we have four GeForce GTX 680s. We've added an able power supply and a suitable motherboard and CPU. Let's get started with SLI, Triple SLI, and Quad SLI! You can read rest of the nVidia GeForce GTX 680 Quad-SLI previewed on Hardware.info.