Asus has launched the Asus GeForce GTC 680 DirectCU II graphics card with a two-slot design. Commenting on the launch, Asus states that previous Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II graphics cards presented extreme power in a three-slot design; the redesigned edition packages the product in a convenient two-slot height.

This allows for easier integration into more desktop PCs and answers call from the gamer and overclocker community to provide a two-slot GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II card. The new edition increases video memory to 4GB GDDR5, which is twice the previous allotment. It updates DirectCU II thermal design with new SSU-shaped heatpipes and offers stability, longevity and overclocking of Asus DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power.

Launched in India at Rs 39,650

Launched in India at Rs 39,650

The card includes the GPU Tweak utility and one of the year’s most highly anticipated games, Assasin’s Creed III is bundled in. The redesign marks a move by Asus towards high-end cards with 4GB GDDR5, as the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II has also been re-released in a 4GB edition.

About the launch of these new cards Vinay Shetty, Country Head, Component Business, Asus (India) said, “The redesigned ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II arrives in an accessible two-slot height. It doubles memory to 4GB and its redesigned cooler employs SSU-shaped heatpipes for improved dissipation. DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power ensure greater stability, longevity, and overclocking potential, which are tapped by GPU Tweak. The card includes Assassin’s Creed III game bundled.”

The GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 670 DirectCU II offer 4GB of GDDR5 video memory clocked at 6008MHz. This is twice the memory of previous GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 670 models, supporting far smoother gaming in higher resolutions. 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. At the same time, Asus engineers succeeded in reducing the size of the DirectCU II cooler, so that the new GTX 680 DirectCU II requires two expansion slots, making it an easy fit in most modern PC cases. 

It features a new all-copper heatpipe layout with heat channels precision-shaped in a twin “S” and a single “U” configuration. The optimised SSU design makes use of highly-conductive copper heatpipes, which are also nickel-plated to reduce oxidisation. The pipes contact the GPU directly and improve thermal efficiency by being centred on the core. This shortens heat transference travel distance while doubling dissipation capacity in a similar or even smaller space than that of previous coolers, working together with large aluminium heatsinks. Asus claims that the redesigned GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II retains trademark DirectCU performance figures, including 20 percent lower temperatures and up to three times quieter operation compared to reference cards.

Asus DIGI+ VRM digital voltage regulation and Super Alloy Power long-life durable components have made the move to the redesigned GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II uncut. Asus claims that it improves stability, prolongs product lifespan by a factor of 2.5 compared to reference and lowers noise by as much as 30 percent. Overclocking margin also grows, as six phase power delivery supports a wider tuning range with improved reliability and safety.

Exclusive to Asus graphics cards, Asus states that GPU Tweak offers a consolidated user interface that opens up effortless graphics card tuning options. Customers can modify clock speeds, voltages, fan performance, power delivery targets and game-specific profiles, all with a few mouse clicks. GPU Tweak includes safeguards that ensure overclocks are stable and safe with easy resets, should users opt to undo any changes.

The Asus GTX670-DC2G-4GD5 is available in India for Rs 33,500, while the GTX680-DC2G-4GD5 is available for Rs 39,650. These prices are not inclusive of taxes. If one purchases these cards, they would get a warranty of three years.

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