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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 465 MSI M2 Edition GeForce GTX 680
Cyberpunk 2077 265% 59%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 233% 46%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 223% 41%
FIFA 21 84% 20%
Watch Dogs Legion 252% 54%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 223% 41%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 423% 128%
Grand Theft Auto VI 413% 124%
Godfall 492% 158%
Genshin Impact 265% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 465 MSI M2 Edition.

The GeForce GTX 680 has a 399 MHz higher core clock speed and 84 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 465. This results in the GeForce GTX 680 providing 102.1 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 680 has a 399 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 465 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 680 providing 12.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 680 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 465, and so the GeForce GTX 680 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 465.

The GeForce GTX 680 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 465, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 680 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 680 has 89.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 465, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is much better than the GTX 465.

The GeForce GTX 465 MSI M2 Edition has 352 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 465 is 427 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is 1625. The GeForce GTX 680 having 1198 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 680 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 465.

The GeForce GTX 680 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 465. This means that the GeForce GTX 680 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 465.

The GeForce GTX 680 requires 195 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 465. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 680, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 465.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed607 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1058 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF100-030-A3Kepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Aug 2010vs22 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed802 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth102.7GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units352vs1536
Actual Shader Performance21%vs78%
Texture Mapping Units44vs128
Texture Rate26.7 GTexel/svs128.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate19.4 GPixel/svs32.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-195 Watts
Recommended PSU-550 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 465 MSI M2 Edition is a special edition of GeForce GTX 465 that features a new cooling system which doesn't affect performance directly, meaning its performance is on level with the reference GeForce GTX 465.GeForce GTX 680 is a high-end Graphics Card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture.
The Kepler architecture allows more SPUs but the Fermi SPUs (used on the 400 & 500 Series) are clocked twice as fast as the Kepler architecture. Therefore, don't let the large amount of Pipelines fool you, as the 1536 Pipelines are equivalent to 768 Pipelines, of the Fermi architecture.
GeForce GTX 680 features a 1006Mhz core-clock that can automatically set itself to 1058Mhz using a technology similar to the one used on Intel GPUs. Another huge surprise is the TDP that went from 244 Watts, to just 195 Watts, as two SPUs of the Kepler architecture consume 10% less power. However, the amount was doubled and so the power save is not as high as it could have been.
GeForce GTX 680 was the fastest single GPU of the world until Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition was released.
All games will run on the maximum settings smoothly.
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