In the ever-continuing GPU war we always see the same game of leapfrog played by one company or the other as they try and surpass the other guy. If you pay close attention though, you will notice it's always just enough to claim a victory, never anything so dynamic you want to pick up the phone and begin telling everyone you know about it. This has been my life for the past 15 years as I have been a part of almost every video card released since I began my career back in 1992 with my first ever-actual PC, a whooping Pentium 80286 that was the king of the hill in that day and age. Video cards were at this stage little more than devices that brought life to your monitor and the word gaming was not even an afterthought on these early day machines as consoles were literally the only game in town. As a kid I played on every name and no name console trying to get my game fix on, but nothing was as cool as playing a game like DOOM, I mean c'mon, Mario Bros or DOOM, you know my choice. Games soon though became the driving force behind the PC and after the spark the flame burned like gasoline on a bon fire.
3DFX was the first company that grabbed my attention like a pissed off parent and made me realize that the PC would be my choice of gaming platform for most of my life. Gaming at this time took a total turn for the PC and in a great new direction, this was for me the best time in my life as everything was fresh and new and FPS games were barely even a dent in the industry. This however was the beginning next big spark of what has become the most money making business in entertainment, even surpassing Hollywood in terms of dollars made. Most people nowadays take for granted all the cool new games and 3D stuff that has come out like NVIDIA's 3D Vision and multi-monitor setups, but just a few years in the past and all this stuff was just being thought up and realized, not a reality. Gaming in the modern world means large monitors with high resolutions of up to 2560X1600 on a single monitor and even larger resolutions on Triple Monitor setups and everything with the ability to play in 3D. Today we take a look at NVIDIA's latest weapon in the VGA game the all-new reference designed ZOTAC GTX 680. This new series of cards again should take the lead in the single GPU wars as far as sheer performance goes, but NVIDIA wanted more than that for this new release and it's no wonder why. Let's check out what new stuff lies under that black plastic shroud with the NVIDIA GTX logo on it and see if they hit the mark.