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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition GeForce GTX 680
Red Dead Redemption 2 158% 51%
Cyberpunk 2077 254% 107%
Doom Eternal 122% 30%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 158% 51%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 59% 7%
Halo: Reach 18% 52%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 254% 107%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 254% 107%
Grand Theft Auto VI 294% 130%
Need For Speed Heat 158% 51%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition.

The GeForce GTX 680 has a 146 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7850. This results in the GeForce GTX 680 providing 73.8 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 146 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 680 providing 4.7 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 less than a year after the HD 7850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 680 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 7850, 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 32.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7850, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is noticeably better than the HD 7850.

The Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7850 is 749 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is 1625. The GeForce GTX 680 having 876 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 HD 7850.

The GeForce GTX 680 requires 195 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7850. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7850 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 680. The GeForce GTX 680 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the HD 7850. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 680 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 7850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed860 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1058 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn PROKepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Good vs Good
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Mar 2012vs22 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
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1600x900
8.3
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10
1920x1080
6.4
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8.4
2560x1440
4.7
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6.1
3840x2160
2.9
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4.5

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth160GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1536
Actual Shader Performance36%vs78%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs128
Texture Rate55 GTexel/svs128.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate27.5 GPixel/svs32.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-195 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs550 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7850. See the standard version for more information about it.
This edition features a special cooling system that allows twice as much heat dissipation when compared to the reference AMD cooling system but its performance is still the same, as there's no over-clocking out of the box.
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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