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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 (OEM) GeForce GTX 680
Cyberpunk 2077 265% 59%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 233% 46%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 223% 41%
FIFA 21 84% 20%
Watch Dogs Legion 252% 54%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 223% 41%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 423% 128%
Grand Theft Auto VI 413% 124%
Godfall 492% 158%
Genshin Impact 265% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 (OEM).

The GeForce GTX 680 has a 454 MHz higher core clock speed and 84 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 560. This results in the GeForce GTX 680 providing 104.5 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 454 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 560. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GTX 680 manages to provide 10.1 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 less than a year after the GTX 560, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 680 has 768 MB more video memory than the GTX 560, 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 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is much better than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 (OEM) has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 424 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is 1625. The GeForce GTX 680 having 1201 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 560.

The GeForce GTX 680 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 560. This means that the GeForce GTX 680 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 (OEM) requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 680. The GeForce GTX 680 requires 45 Watts more than the GTX 560 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 560.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed552 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1058 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF110Kepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Good vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date29 Nov 2011vs22 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed802 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128.3GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs1536
Actual Shader Performance20%vs78%
Texture Mapping Units44vs128
Texture Rate24.3 GTexel/svs128.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs32
Pixel Rate22.1 GPixel/svs32.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 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 i5-2300 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 560 (OEM) is, an OEM Only, Performance Graphics Card based on the Fermi Architecture.

The Fermi Architecture was first manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GF110 which has 11 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 44 TMUs and 40 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 552MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1.2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 320-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 802Hz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Compared to the regular GeForce GTX 560, GeForce GTX 560 (OEM) Features 4 more SM and a 64-bit larger memory interface.
However, because it is heavily underclocked, it ends up performing worse.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 560 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Decent Processor and 8GB 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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