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Geforce GTX 680 vs Geforce GTX 760

Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1006 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1502 MHz on this card. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 760, which features a core clock speed of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1152 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 760 170 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 is a lot (approximately 37%) faster with regards to AF than the Geforce GTX 760. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 760 94080 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 34688 (37%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 680 is a better choice, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 760 31360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 832 (3%)

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 680

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Geforce GTX 760

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model Geforce GTX 680 Geforce GTX 760
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2012 June 2013
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 1006 MHz 980 MHz
Shader Speed 1006 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1536 1152
Texture Mapping Units 128 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 195 watts 170 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128768 Mtexels/sec 94080 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32192 Mpixels/sec 31360 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

3 Responses to “Geforce GTX 680 vs Geforce GTX 760”
biudsfrd says:
but thats not right, the new 760 has 1006+ mhz core speed, mofos
armin2100 says:
why nvidia 680 gtx is better?
ineedspeed says:
760's core clock is 980 mhz. This is correct. Only non reference models have more than 980.

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