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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition Radeon HD 5870 1024MB
Cyberpunk 2077 46% 190%
Hitman 3 90% 277%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 34% 165%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 156%
FIFA 21 26% 46%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 308%
Far Cry 6 111% 319%
Genshin Impact 46% 190%
Battlefield 6 90% 277%
Resident Evil 8 46% 190%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 5870 1024MB.

The GTX 680 has a 260 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5870. This results in the GTX 680 providing 74.1 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 260 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5870 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 680 providing 8.3 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 GTX 680 was released over a year more recently than the HD 5870, and so the GTX 680 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 5870.

The GTX 680 has 3072 MB more video memory than the HD 5870, 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 38.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 680 is noticeably better than the HD 5870.

The GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition has 1536 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5870 1024MB has 1600. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 1806 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5870 is 680. The GTX 680 having 1126 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 HD 5870.

The GTX 680 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5870. This means that the GTX 680 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5870.

The GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition requires 195 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5870 1024MB requires 188 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 680 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5870. The GTX 680 requires 7 Watts more than the HD 5870 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 680 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 5870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1110 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock1176 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK104-400-A2Terascale 2 Cypress XT
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 May 2012vs23 Sep 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.3GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1536vs1600
Actual Shader Performance87%vs33%
Texture Mapping Units128vs80
Texture Rate142.1 GTexel/svs68 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate35.5 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power195 Wattsvs188 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 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.
Radeon HD 5870 1024MB is a High-End GPU part of the Evergreen HD 5000 family. HD 5870 wears the Cypress XT, which allows for 1600 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Texture units increase from the Cypress Pro HD 5850 chip improves HD 5870 Filtering capabilities, while still mantaining the 256-bit Memory interface on GDDR5. Most modern demanding games will run on Ultra settings on Full HD, whereas really demanding games such as Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3 will require lowered Aliasing settings in order to achieve fluent FPS on 1080p. Power draw is rather overwhelming, and gamers looking to get this GPU will need a decent 500W PSU with two PCIe connectors.
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