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Geforce GTX 670 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Geforce GTX 680, which features GPU core speed of 1006 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation 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, in theory, should be a small 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 will be much (approximately 26%) more effective at AF 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 (more or less 10%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Geforce GTX 670, and will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 680

Amazon.com

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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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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