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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 780 Inno3D Ice Dragon Edition GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition
Hitman 3 54% 90%
Cyberpunk 2077 18% 46%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 8% 34%
Resident Evil 8 18% 46%
FIFA 21 40% 26%
Grand Theft Auto VI 66% 105%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 4% 29%
Genshin Impact 18% 46%
Far Cry 6 71% 111%
The Medium 47% 82%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Inno3D Ice Dragon Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition.

The GTX 680 has a 104 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780, but the GTX 780 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 680. As a result, the GTX 780 exhibits a 51.1 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 680. 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 104 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780, but the GTX 780 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 680. As a result, the GTX 780 exhibits a 12.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 680. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 780 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 680, and so the 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 GTX 780, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GTX 780 has superior memory performance.

The GTX 780 has 105.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 680, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 780 is massively better than the GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 780 Inno3D Ice Dragon Edition has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 780 is 2410 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 1806. The GTX 780 having 604 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 780 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 680.

The GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition requires 195 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 780. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 780 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 680. The GTX 780 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 680. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 780 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 680.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1006 MHzvs1110 MHz
Boost Clock1046 MHzvs1176 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK110-300-A1Kepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Jun 2013vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
9.7
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8.8
2560x1440
7.2
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6.4
3840x2160
5.4
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4.7

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1553 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth298.2GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs87%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units192vs128
Texture Rate193.2 GTexel/svs142.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate48.3 GPixel/svs35.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-195 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Wattsvs550 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 780 Inno3D Ice Dragon Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 780.
This edition comes with a custom triple fan cooling solution which by itself should allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 780 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 863MHz to 1006MHz while its boost clock is now of 1046MHz. The memory clock was also increased to 1553MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 11% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 680. See the standard version for more information about it.
Compared to the standard version, GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition features an increased core-clock that went from 1006MHz to 1110MHz and the turbo boost from 1100MHz to 1176MHz. The amount of memory was also increased from 2GB to 4GB, proving useful if gaming at high resolutions and using many image improving techniques, though we consider this excessive.
Expect a 9% performance boost when compared to the standard card.
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