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Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon R9 380 4G

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 380 4G, which comes with core speeds of 970 MHz on the GPU, and 1425 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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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

Radeon R9 380 4G 8837 points
Geforce GTX 680 7650 points
Difference: 1187 (16%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 380 4G 21 Mh/s
Geforce GTX 680 16 Mh/s
Difference: 5 (31%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 380 4G 190 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Geforce GTX 680 should theoretically be a small bit faster than the Radeon R9 380 4G in general. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 9856 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be a bit (approximately 19%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 380 4G. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 108640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20128 (19%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 680 is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1152 (4%)

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 680

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 680 Radeon R9 380 4G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2012 June 2015
Code Name GK104 Antigua PRO
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1006 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 195 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128768 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32192 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1792
Texture Mapping Units 128 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3540 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 maximum number of pixels 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 number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Geforce GTX 680

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Radeon R9 380 4G

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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.

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