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Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 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. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

This PC hardware performance game review for the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 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. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 296 games in the list.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition can run Red Dead Redemption 2 at 1080p and saw it return weak frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 54 FPS, Medium: 43 FPS, High: 29 FPS and Ultra: 21 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that FIFA 20 returns a strong 87 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition ran Red Dead Redemption 2 to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 41 FPS, Medium: 33 FPS, High: 22 FPS and Ultra: 16 FPS. Another game tested was FIFA 20, L: 150FPS, M: 125FPS, H: 91FPS, U: 67FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Need For Speed Heat, which returned L: 41FPS, M: 33FPS, H: 22FPS, U: 16FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition running at 1440p is a perfectly suitable selection of hardware for theis larger screen size. If a game at 1440p struggles a bit or experiences a frame drop then you can tweak settings in game to help get it stable. This might mean lowering it to medium or low in some specific options.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition in your PC? This GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition? A suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which is 99% more powerful and can run 897 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB which meets 685 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 49% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
29 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition is released on 07 Nov 2012

GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 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
225 Watts
PSU
550 Watt & 37 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 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 680, created by Asus.


Overclock: Central Unit
None.


Overclock: Memory Clock
None.


Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB. This would prove useful in a few circumstances because some modern 3D Games require 4GB of Memory for Textures.
However, because the GPU itself is too weak to work under other circumstances in which 4GB of Memory are needed - such as 1600p Gaming, a Larger Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.


Cooling Solution
DirectCU II: DirectCU thermal design utilizes direct contact copper heatpipes so heat is dissipated efficiently, delivering a 20% cooler and vastly quieter performance than reference..


Performance
Benchmarks indicate no performance over the reference GeForce GTX 680.


Source [Pip]
GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
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Graphics Card
58%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 14% 51%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18% 51%
Death Stranding 7% 107%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 72% 107%
Cyberpunk 2077 7% 107%
Need For Speed Heat 15% 51%
Planet Zoo 20% 62%
Diablo 4 3% 107%
FIFA 20 42% 20%
Borderlands 3 3% 59%
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