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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU II 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 680
Cyberpunk 2077 253% 59%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 223% 46%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 213% 41%
FIFA 21 78% 20%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 213% 41%
Watch Dogs Legion 241% 54%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 406% 128%
Grand Theft Auto VI 397% 124%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 234% 51%
Genshin Impact 253% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU II 1GB Edition.

The GeForce GTX 680 has a 331 MHz higher core clock speed and 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 460. This results in the GeForce GTX 680 providing 91 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 331 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 680 providing 10.6 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 460, 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 460.

The GeForce GTX 680 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 460, 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 77.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 460, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is much better than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU II 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 454 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is 1625. The GeForce GTX 680 having 1171 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 460.

The GeForce GTX 680 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 460. This means that the GeForce GTX 680 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU II 1GB Edition requires 160 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 460 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 680. The GeForce GTX 680 requires 35 Watts more than the GTX 460 to run. 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 GTX 460.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1058 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF104-300-KB-A1Kepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Jul 2010vs22 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.3
vs green tick
10
1600x900
7.2
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
5.6
vs green tick
8.4
2560x1440
3.6
vs green tick
6.1
3840x2160 - vs green tick
4.5

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth115.2GB/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 Units336vs1536
Actual Shader Performance22%vs78%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs128
Texture Rate37.8 GTexel/svs128.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate21.6 GPixel/svs32.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power160 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 26 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 i5-760 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 460, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
None.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
DirectCU Thermal Solution: Three 8mm flattened copper heat-pipes contact GPU directly and reach up to 20% COOLER than generic GeForce GTX460.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 460.
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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