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Geforce GTX 670 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 features a clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 680 should perform a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 670 overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 256 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be quite a bit (approximately 26%) more effective at texture filtering than the Geforce GTX 670. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26288 (26%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 680 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2912 (10%)

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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Geforce GTX 670

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Geforce GTX 680

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Specifications

Model Geforce GTX 670 Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2012 March 2012
Code Name GK104 GK104
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 1006 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1344 1536
Texture Mapping Units 112 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 195 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

4 Responses to “Geforce GTX 670 vs Geforce GTX 680”
Adnan says:
I was thinking about getting a gtx 680. But given the specifications and price performance ratio, 670 should be a better choice is money is a factor to you. 670 is more than 100 dollar cheaper than 680 and you get a performance drop only 5-6%. Search in the google for their benchmark and you will be amazed at how gtx 680 and gtx 670 go neck to neck. If overclocked, gtx 670 can easily surpass a stock gtx 680. The memory bandwitdh and vedeo ram are the same!
Ankit says:
thanks for info in going with gtx 670
anoyness says:
I'm getting a gtx680 for about the same price as a 670 you OC your 670 to my 680 but then i OC my 680 200mhz
scott says:
I Am defiantly going to go with a GTX 680, even though more expensive, i will buy the super over clock version which is much faster with better cooling.

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