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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 780 Inno3D HerculeZ 2000 Edition GeForce GTX 680
Cyberpunk 2077 25% 59%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 14% 46%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 11% 41%
FIFA 21 37% 20%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11% 41%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 79% 128%
Watch Dogs Legion 20% 54%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 18% 51%
Grand Theft Auto VI 76% 124%
Genshin Impact 25% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Inno3D HerculeZ 2000 Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 680 has a 106 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780, but the GTX 780 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 680. As a result, the GTX 780 exhibits a 44 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 680. 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 106 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780, but the GTX 780 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 680. As a result, the GTX 780 exhibits a 11 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 680. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 780 was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 680, and so the GTX 780 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GTX 680.

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 GTX 780 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 680, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 780 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 780 has 96.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 680, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 780 is massively better than the GeForce GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 780 Inno3D HerculeZ 2000 Edition has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 780 is 2157 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is 1625. The GTX 780 having 532 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 780 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 780 Inno3D HerculeZ 2000 Edition requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 780 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 680. The GTX 780 requires 55 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 680 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 780 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 680.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock936 MHzvs1058 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK110-300-A1Kepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date23 May 2013vs22 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
9.4
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8.4
2560x1440
7
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6.1
3840x2160
5.3
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4.5

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288.4GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs78%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units192vs128
Texture Rate172.8 GTexel/svs128.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate43.2 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 Power250 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs550 Watts & 40 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 i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 780 Inno3D HerculeZ 2000 Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 780.
This edition comes with a custom double fan cooling solution which by itself should allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 780 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 863MHz to 900MHz while its boost clock is now of 936MHz. The memory clock was left untouched.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
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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