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Jul 31, 2012

Leadtek WinFast GTX 680 Has 4 GB Memory




Not about to let Micro-Star International get all the attention for its 4 GB NVIDIA video card, Leadtek has released a device that follows a similar concept, but only so far.

Truth be told, the only things that Leadtek's product and NVIDIA's own 4 GB GTX 680 have in common is the amount of memory and, in the case of the latter's Non-OC version, the clock speeds as well. Other than that, Leadtek's WinFast GTX 680 4 GB is designed quite a bit differently, as it actually sticks to the reference design of NVIDIA's normal, 2 GB board. Where MSI applied a custom cooler and special components (solid capacitors for example), Leadtek retained the reference fansink and the printed circuit board. The 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, clocked at 6,008 MHz, are distributed among sixteen chips. The interface is 256-bit wide. Meanwhile, the GK104 graphics processing unit, for those who have forgotten NVIDIA's default settings, operates at 1,006 MHz.

Naturally, the GPU Boost Technology is present and accounted for as well, which means that the speed can be pushed to 1,058 MHz automatically, when needed. Furthermore, for connectivity to any sort of monitor or HDTV, or more of them at once, the company retained the two DVI ports, HDMI and DisplayPort. As for power, Leadtek's WinFast GTX 680 4 GB runs on the energy provided by two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors. Shipments will begin in August, according to Hermitage Akihabara, for 59,800 JPY, or $765 / 622.85 Euro. That's a fairly high number, all things considered. Then again, exchange rates don't usually have any bearing on product prices, so it's more likely that the US price will be $569 (like that of the Zotac GTX 680 4GB) and the EU tag of 580-600 Euro (like the Palit Jetstream).

Leadtek WinFast GTX 680 4GB
Image credits to Hermitage Akihabara

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