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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 295X2 XFX Hydra 8GB Edition GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition
Hitman 3 7% 90%
Cyberpunk 2077 18% 46%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 25% 34%
Resident Evil 8 18% 46%
FIFA 21 58% 26%
Grand Theft Auto VI 16% 105%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 27% 29%
Genshin Impact 18% 46%
Far Cry 6 19% 111%
The Medium 3% 82%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 XFX Hydra 8GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition.

The GTX 680 has a 92 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 295X2, but the R9 295X2 has 224 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 680. As a result, the R9 295X2 exhibits a 216.2 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 92 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 295X2, but the R9 295X2 has 96 more Render Output Units than the GTX 680. As a result, the R9 295X2 exhibits a 94.8 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 R9 295X2 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 680, and so the R9 295X2 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 R9 295X2 has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 680, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 295X2 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 295X2 has 447.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 680, which means that the memory performance of the R9 295X2 is massively better than the GTX 680.

The Radeon R9 295X2 XFX Hydra 8GB Edition has 5632 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 295X2 is 4873 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 1806. The R9 295X2 having 3067 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 295X2 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 680.

The Radeon R9 295X2 XFX Hydra 8GB Edition requires 500 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition requires 195 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 850 Watts for the R9 295X2 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 680. The R9 295X2 requires 305 Watts more than the GTX 680 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 295X2 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 680.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1018 MHzvs1110 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1176 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Versuvius XTKepler GK104-400-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date29 Apr 2014vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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8.8
2560x1440
9.3
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6.4
3840x2160
7.5
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth640GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 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 Units5632vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs87%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units352vs128
Texture Rate358.3 GTexel/svs142.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs32
Pixel Rate130.3 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 Power500 Wattsvs195 Watts
Recommended PSU850 Watts & 62 Ampsvs550 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4960X 6-Core 3.60GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 295X2 XFX Hydra 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Dual-Graphics Radeon R9 295X2, created by XFX.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit Remains the Same.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Performance
Without Any Overclock Out of The Box, Radeon R9 295X2 XFX Hydra 8GB Edition is as fast as the reference Radeon R9 295X2.
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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