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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB GeForce GTX 680
Cyberpunk 2077 25% 59%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 14% 46%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 10% 41%
FIFA 21 37% 20%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 10% 41%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 79% 128%
Watch Dogs Legion 20% 54%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 18% 51%
Grand Theft Auto VI 75% 124%
Genshin Impact 25% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 680 has a 80 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the RX 470. This results in the GeForce GTX 680 providing 10.3 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 80 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 680 providing 2.6 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 RX 470 was released over three years more recently than the GeForce GTX 680, and so the RX 470 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 RX 470 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 RX 470 also has superior memory performance overall.

The RX 470 has 18.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 680, which means that the memory performance of the RX 470 is slightly better than the GeForce GTX 680.

The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 470 is 2544 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 680 is 1625. The RX 470 having 919 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 470 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 680.

The RX 470 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 680. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 680.

The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB requires 110 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 470 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 680. The GeForce GTX 680 requires 85 Watts more than the RX 470 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 680 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 470.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock1242 MHzvs1058 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROKepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential - vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs22 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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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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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1650 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth211.2GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs78%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs128.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs32.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power110 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs550 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD FX-6350vsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB graphics card is a 2016 released performance graphics card based on the third revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. This card competes against Nvidia's outgoing, but very popular, GTX 970 and the incoming GTX 1050 Ti, when that releases.

Architecture
It is powered by the Ellesmere PRO GPU, which has 2048 shader processing units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 926MHz and goes up to 1242MHz, when boost mode is triggered.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the memory clock Operates at 1650MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 110W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
The AMD RX 470 has been built as a Mid/High performance graphics card for 2016 and this card is not much different. It will run most triple AAA titles released during 2016 on medium to high graphics at 1080p screen resolution. With adjustments and lowering anti aliasing this card can confidently maintain 60+ frames per seconds on high graphic settings at 1080p. Moving to 1440p screen resolution and the graphics card may need to be adjusted down to medium in order to maintain 50-60+ fps.

System Suggestions
The RX 470 MSI Gaming X is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a mid range processor and at least 8GB of system memory 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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