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Geforce GTX 670 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this particular model. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 680, which has clock speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Geforce GTX 680 7642 points
Geforce GTX 670 7532 points
Difference: 110 (1%)

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

The Geforce GTX 680 should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 670 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 is quite a bit (more or less 26%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Geforce GTX 670. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be just a bit (about 10%) more effective at AA than the Geforce GTX 670, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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

Geforce GTX 670

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 670 Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2012 March 2012
Code Name GK104 GK104
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 1536
Texture Mapping Units 112 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3540 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 applied in one second. This 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 graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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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