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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy 2GB SOC Edition GeForce GTX 670 PNY 2GB Edition
Halo: Reach 58% 48%
Cyberpunk 2077 83% 126%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 18% 2%
Red Dead Redemption 2 33% 65%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 33% 65%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 83% 126%
Doom Eternal 15% 42%
Grand Theft Auto VI 104% 152%
FIFA 20 29% 12%
Need For Speed Heat 33% 65%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy 2GB SOC Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 PNY 2GB Edition.

The GTX 680 has a 287 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 670. This results in the GTX 680 providing 51.4 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 GTX 680 has a 287 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 670 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 680 providing 9.2 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 GTX 680 was released less than a year after the GTX 670, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy 2GB SOC Edition and the GeForce GTX 670 PNY 2GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy 2GB SOC Edition and the GeForce GTX 670 PNY 2GB Edition are the same, which means the GTX 680 and the GTX 670 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy 2GB SOC Edition has 1536 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 670 PNY 2GB Edition has 1344. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 1946 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 670 is 1317. The GTX 680 having 629 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 680 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 670.

The GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy 2GB SOC Edition requires 195 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 670 PNY 2GB Edition requires 170 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 680 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 670. The GTX 680 requires 25 Watts more than the GTX 670 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 680 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 670.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1202 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock1267 MHzvs980 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK104-400-A2Kepler GK104-325-A2
OC Potential - vs Good
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Oct 2012vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
8.9
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8.1
2560x1440
6.5
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5.9
3840x2160
4.9
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4.3

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.3GB/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 Units1536vs1344
Actual Shader Performance94%vs63%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs112
Texture Rate153.9 GTexel/svs102.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate38.5 GPixel/svs29.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections3vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power195 Wattsvs170 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 38 Ampsvs500 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 680 Galaxy 2GB SOC Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 680. See the standard version for more information about it.
Compared to the standard version, GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy 2GB SOC Edition features an increased core-clock that was raised from 1006MHz to 1202MHz while the "Boost Clock" can now attain 1267MHz. A triple fan cooling system is also available.
The changes are impressive but there are no benchmarks available and so this GPU's rank is predicted.
It's worth mentioning this GPU does not offer any DVI Ports.
GeForce GTX 670 PNY 2GB Edition is a renamed GeForce GTX 670 with no new features - not even a new cooling system. Its performance is exactly like the reference card.
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