|Recommended System Requirements|
|Game||GeForce GTX 680 SLI||GeForce GTX 780|
|Watch Dogs 2||19%||0%|
|Need For Speed||15%||6%|
|Forza Horizon 3||9%||36%|
In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780.
The GTX 680 has a 143 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 780. This results in the GTX 680 providing 91.8 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 GTX 680 has a 143 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 780. This results in the GTX 680 providing 23 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 780 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 680, and so the GeForce GTX 780 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 680.
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 GTX 680 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 780, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 680 also has superior memory performance overall.
The GTX 680 has 96.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 780, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 680 is massively better than the GeForce GTX 780.
The GeForce GTX 680 SLI has 3072 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 780 has 2304. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 3250 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 780 is 2078. The GTX 680 having 1172 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 680 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 780.
The GeForce GTX 680 SLI requires 390 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 780 requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GeForce GTX 780, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 680. The GTX 680 requires 140 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 780 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 680 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 780.
Can I Run It
|Core Speed||1006 MHz||vs||863 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1058 MHz||vs||902 MHz|
|Architecture||Kepler GK104-400-A2 (x2)||Kepler GK110-300-A1|
|Release Date||01 Mar 2012||vs||23 May 2013|
|GPU Link||GD Link||GD Link|
|Memory||4096 MB||vs||3072 MB|
|Memory Speed||1502 MHz||vs||1502 MHz|
|Memory Bus||512 Bit||vs||384 Bit|
|L2 Cache||0 KB||vs||1536 KB|
|Delta Color Compression||no||vs||no|
|Shader Processing Units||3072||vs||2304|
|Actual Shader Performance||100%||vs||100%|
|Texture Mapping Units||256||vs||192|
|Texture Rate||257.5 GTexel/s||vs||165.7 GTexel/s|
|Render Output Units||64||vs||48|
|Pixel Rate||64.4 GPixel/s||vs||41.4 GPixel/s|
|Max Digital Resolution (WxH)||4096x2160||vs||4096x2160|
|Max Power||390 Watts||vs||250 Watts|
|Recommended PSU||-||600 Watts & 42 Amps|
|Recommended Processor||Intel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz||vs||Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz|
|Recommended RAM||8 GB||vs||8 GB|
|Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution||1920x1080||vs||2560x1440|
|Mini Review||GeForce GTX 680 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 680 put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology. |
Check the page of GeForce GTX 680 to know more about its chip.
As usual, SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to around 60% better than a single GeForce GTX 680 performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports SLI or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single GeForce GTX 680. Expect this combination to draw up to 390 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
|GeForce GTX 780 is a high-end graphics-card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture. |
It's based on the Kepler GK110 Core (same used on Titan) but with 12 SMX activated and therefore offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 192 TMUs and 48 ROPs on a 384-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 863MHz and goes up to 902MHz in Turbo, the memory clock operates at 1502MHz. It consumes up to 250W.
Benchmarks indicate that its performance is up to 30% better than previous GeForce GTX 680 and thus allows even the most demanding games to be playable at the highest settings, at 1080p. With proper overclocking and cooling, it can surpass GeForce GTX Titan.
|Recommended CPU||Intel Xeon E5-4640|
AMD Opteron 6276
Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3
Intel Xeon E3-1245 v3
|Intel Core i7-4771 4-Core 3.5GHz|
Intel Core i7-4770R 4-Core 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-990X 6-Core 3.47GHz
|Possible GPU Upgrades||-||-|
|GPU Variants||-||GeForce GTX 780 Zotac AMP! Edition|
GeForce GTX 780 Inno3D iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra DHS Edition