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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Galax HOF 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 680
Cyberpunk 2077 8% 59%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 16% 46%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 19% 41%
FIFA 21 54% 20%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 19% 41%
Watch Dogs Legion 12% 54%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 31% 128%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 13% 51%
Grand Theft Auto VI 29% 124%
Genshin Impact 8% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Galax HOF 4GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680.

The GTX 980 has a 298 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GeForce GTX 680. This results in the GTX 980 providing 38.1 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 GTX 980 has a 298 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 680. This results in the GTX 980 providing 51.3 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 980 was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 680, and so the GTX 980 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 980 has 2048 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 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 32.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 680, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is noticeably better than the GeForce GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 980 Galax HOF 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3920 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is 1625. The GTX 980 having 2295 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 980 Galax HOF 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 680. The GeForce GTX 680 requires 30 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce GTX 680 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1304 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock1418 MHzvs1058 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Kepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date10 Nov 2014vs22 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs78%
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate166.9 GTexel/svs128.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate83.5 GPixel/svs32.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 42 Ampsvs550 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

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

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

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Galax HOF 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1304MHz, instead of 1126MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1418MHz, instead of 1216MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Galax's Triple Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Benchmarks indicate a 13% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
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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