Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is loosely based on Unreal Engine 3, while the DirectX 11 functionality was apparently developed in-house. With the addition of these features Batman is far more a GPU demanding game than its predecessor was, particularly with tessellation cranked up to high.

Batman: Arkham City - 2560x1600 - Extreme Quality + 4xAA

Batman: Arkham City - 1920x1200 - Extreme Quality + 4xAA

Batman: Arkham City - 1680x1050 - Very High Quality + FXAA-High

Once again the GTX 680 takes a respectable lead over the 7970, this time beating AMD’s top card by 13% at 2560, and coming very close to cracking 60fps here. The performance gains over the GTX 580 are also solid, with the GTX 680 leading by 34% or better.

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  • coldpower27 - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Well, it's possible, but for financial reasons they won't do so.

    If they had created a 28nm product with similar thermals as the GTX 580 as well as similar die size you would indeed see a massive increase in performance..

    However this generation nVidia wanted to improve on all aspects to some degree so as such not as much can go into performance.

    We have an massive improvement in die area, a mile improvement in performance and a decent improvement in energy consumption and considerable improvement in energy efficiency. A very well balanced product.
  • CeriseCogburn - Friday, March 23, 2012 - link

    The GTX580 is $470, so who believes Nvidia was dropping a killer card in at $299 like Charlie D the red fan lie disseminator said in his rumor starting post ?
    His lie has worked magic on all minds.
  • silverblue - Friday, March 23, 2012 - link

    The 680 shouldn't be $300 any more than the 580 should be $470. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    Spinning so hard you're agreeing while drilling yourself into a dark hole. Reply
  • SlyNine - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Agreed, back when the 9700pro came out we seen the first signs of this. The cards began needing external power adapters. The HSF's started growing to get those 4x increases.

    It was only a matter of time until they hit a wall with that method, and here we are.
  • johnpombrio - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Rumor is that BIG Kepler will be named GTX685 and be out in August. Reply
  • Philbar71 - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    "it takes a 16% lead over the GTX 7970 here"

    Whats a GTX 7970????
  • prophet001 - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    i saw that too... must have been a late night last night. we can let it slide :)
  • N4g4rok - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    It's pretty impressive. I'd like to see what it will cost from one of the retail sites. I'm not necessarily regretting the 7950 i got, but that nice little FPS bump you get from the 680 is nothing to turn your nose up at. Reply
  • Jorgisven - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    "Overall GTX 580 is targeted at a power envelope somewhere between GTX 560 Ti and GTX 580, though it’s closer to the former than the latter." Is this a typo (580 instead of the intended 680)? Or am I just not understanding this correctly? Reply

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