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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB GeForce GTX 680
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 59%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 21% 46%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 24% 41%
FIFA 21 56% 20%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 24% 41%
Watch Dogs Legion 17% 54%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 24% 128%
Grand Theft Auto VI 21% 124%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 18% 51%
Genshin Impact 14% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 680 has a 6 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 Ti, but the GTX 980 Ti has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 680. As a result, the GTX 980 Ti exhibits a 47.2 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 6 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 Ti, but the GTX 980 Ti has 64 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 680. As a result, the GTX 980 Ti exhibits a 63.8 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 980 Ti was released over three years more recently than the GeForce GTX 680, and so the GTX 980 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce GTX 680 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 GTX 980 Ti has 4096 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 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 Ti has 144.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 680, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 Ti is massively better than the GeForce GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4091 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is 1625. The GTX 980 Ti having 2466 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB 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 980 Ti and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 680. The GTX 980 Ti requires 55 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 680 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 Ti 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 Speed1000 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock1076 MHzvs1058 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM200-310-A1Kepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Good vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date01 Jun 2015vs22 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
8.4
2560x1440
8.5
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6.1
3840x2160
6.6
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4.5

GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth336.6GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs78%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs128
Texture Rate176 GTexel/svs128.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs32
Pixel Rate96 GPixel/svs32.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs550 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM200-310-A1 which has 22 SM activated and thus 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1076MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate its performance is slightly above AMD's Dual Radeon R9 295X2 at 1920x1080 but at any resolution above that, the latter proves to be faster.
As expected, $999 GeForce GTX Titan X is also slightly faster but GeForce GTX 980 is beaten in around 20%.
Even so, GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is not a competitive product because a solution of two GeForce GTX 970 in SLI is still much faster and doesn't come at a much higher cost ($658 against $649).

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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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Possible GPU Upgrades
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