While previous ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II graphics cards featured a three-slot design, a redesigned edition packages the product in a convenient two-slot height.
The new slimmer design allows for easier integration into more desktop PCs.
Notably, the new edition also ups video memory to 4GB GDDR5, which is twice the previous allotment. It updates DirectCU II thermal design with new SSU-shaped heatpipes, and offers the stability and overclocking of exclusive ASUS DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power.
The card includes the GPU Tweak utility and participates in the ASUS/Ubisoft game bundle promotion, which allows consumers to choose one bonus game out of five on offer. Game titles available to choose from are 2012 hit title Assassin?s Creed III, survival actioner I Am Alive, intense shooter Tom Clancy?s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, suspenseful stealth adventure Tom Clancy?s Splinter Cell: Conviction, and real time strategy game R.U.S.E.
The redesign signifies a move by ASUS towards more high-end cards with 4GB GDDR5, as the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II has also been re-released in a 4GB edition. A two-slot GeForce GTX 680 with 2GB GDDR5 will be made available early December.
The enhanced GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 670 DirectCU II offer 4GB of GDDR5 video memory clocked at 6008MHz. With 4GB, the cards are ready for WQHD (2560 x 1440), which is set to become a major resolution in PC gaming in the near future.
According to Asus, the redesigned GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II operates at 20% lower temperatures and is up to three times quieter compared to reference cards.