Nvidia GeForce GTX 680

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How well can the GeForce GTX 680 run games
25 Mar 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The GeForce GTX 680 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. DirectX 11 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the GeForce GTX 680. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2020. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 125 games in todays list.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the GeForce GTX 680 shows us that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is getting a weak result of 8 FPS, and then we are seeing Resident Evil 3 Remake returning a playable 28 FPS while another game on our list is the Cyberpunk 2077 which is predicted to get 0 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the GeForce GTX 680 by playing Resident Evil 3 Remake which yielded a weak performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 55FPS, M: 44FPS, H: 29FPS, U: 21FPS. Another popular game we researched with this card was Cyberpunk 2077 and that was weak. This graphics card is predicted to deliver 0 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Halo: The Master Chief Collection which gets weak results with a 6FPS on Ultra 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 680, this is not powerful enough to deal with the increased resolution.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 680 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 680 in your PC? We think this GeForce GTX 680 has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 680? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 102% better and can run 870 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 680 is the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, which is 59% more powerful and can run 724 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
29 FPS
The GeForce GTX 680 was released on 22 Mar 2012

GeForce GTX 680 Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 680
Kepler GK104-400-A2
Texture Rate
135 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
34 GPixel/s
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
2048 MB
Memory Speed
1502 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1006 MHz
Boost Clock
1058 MHz
Max Power
195 Watts
550 Watt & 40 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
GeForce GTX 680 Game Requirement Analysis

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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GeForce GTX 680 vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 42% 45%
Call of Duty Warzone 18% 51%
Cyberpunk 2077 7% 107%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 52% 45%
Doom Eternal 54% 54%
Beyond Good & Evil 2 7% 107%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 79% 44%
Grand Theft Auto VI 41% 130%
Half-Life: Alyx 59% 128%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7% 107%
GeForce GTX 680 Extras
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