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Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition run games
28 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition GPU could struggle if it was to try and run the most demanding games available today, but it meets a lot of game system requirements found in today’s games. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

This PC hardware performance game review for the GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition graphics card, when running 2019 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 272 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title The Outer Worlds and saw it deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 54 FPS, Medium: 43 FPS, High: 29 FPS and Ultra: 21 FPS. We proceeded to look at Borderlands 3 to see how that compared and saw that it returned a weak 21 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran The Outer Worlds on the GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition to see that it got a weak set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 41FPS, M: 33FPS, H: 22FPS, U: 16FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Borderlands 3 which seemed weak in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 16 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Red Dead Redemption 2 where its Ultra 1440p Frame rates were weak at 16 FPS. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition, this is not going to be able to keep stable frame rates at all times at Ultra 1440p on modern games.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 102% better and can meet 899 of their recommended requirements. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, which has 49% better performance and can run 672 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
29 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition was released on 23 Apr 2012

GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Kepler GK104-400-A2
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
135 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
34 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
1536
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
Driver Support
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Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1502 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache
512KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
1
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1006 MHz
Boost Clock
1058 MHz
Power
Max Power
195 Watts
PSU
550 Watt & 38 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 680, created by PNY.


Overclock: Central Unit
None.


Overclock: Memory Clock
None.


Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
However, because the GPU itself is too weak to work under other circumstances in which 4GB of Memory are needed - such as 4K Gaming, a Large Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.


Cooling Solution
Untouched.


Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 680.


Source [Pip]
GeForce GTX 680 PNY XLR8 Enthusiast 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
54%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Halo: Reach 79% 52%
Red Dead Redemption 2 14% 51%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18% 51%
Borderlands 3 3% 59%
Cyberpunk 2077 7% 107%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 72% 107%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 56% 74%
FIFA 20 42% 20%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 94% 31%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7% 107%
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