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Geforce GTX 680 vs Geforce GTX 760

Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 comes with core speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 760, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1502 MHz on this specific model. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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 exactly the same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 is quite a bit (more or less 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 superior to the Geforce GTX 760, though not by far. (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

Amazon.com

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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 in a second.

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

Comments

2 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?

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