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Geforce GTX 680 vs Geforce GTX 690

Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 comes with a clock speed of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 690, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1502 MHz on this specific model. 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 Graphics Score

Geforce GTX 690 13111 points
Geforce GTX 680 7650 points
Difference: 5461 (71%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 105 Watts (54%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Geforce GTX 690 should in theory be much superior to the Geforce GTX 680 overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 192256 (100%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 is quite a bit (approximately 82%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Geforce GTX 680. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 105472 (82%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 is much (approximately 82%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Geforce GTX 680, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 26368 (82%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 680 Geforce GTX 690
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2012 April 2012
Code Name GK104 GK104
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1006 MHz 915 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 6008 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 195 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 384512 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128768 Mtexels/sec 234240 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32192 Mpixels/sec 58560 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 128 128 (x2)
Render Output Units 32 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit (x2)
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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Comments

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