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GeForce GTX 480 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 924 MHz on this card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 680, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1006 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1536 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Geforce GTX 680 7650 points
GeForce GTX 480 3650 points
Difference: 4000 (110%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (28%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 680 is 8% quicker than the GeForce GTX 480 in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
Difference: 14848 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be much (approximately 207%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 86768 (207%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is superior to the Geforce GTX 680, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1408 (4%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 480 Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 March 2012
Code Name GF100 GK104
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 1536
Texture Mapping Units 60 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 480

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