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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition GeForce GTX 470
Hitman 3 90% 287%
Cyberpunk 2077 46% 197%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 34% 172%
Resident Evil 8 46% 197%
FIFA 21 26% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 318%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 163%
Genshin Impact 46% 197%
Far Cry 6 111% 330%
The Medium 82% 271%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470.

The GTX 680 has a 503 MHz higher core clock speed and 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 470. This results in the GTX 680 providing 108.1 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 503 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 470. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 680 manages to provide 11.2 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 GeForce GTX 470, 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 GeForce GTX 470.

The GTX 680 has 2816 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 470, 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 58.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 680 is much better than the GeForce GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition has 1536 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 470 has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 680 is 1806 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 470 is 544. The GTX 680 having 1262 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 470.

The GTX 680 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 470. This means that the GTX 680 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 680 Galaxy Edition requires 195 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 470 requires 215 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 680 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 470. The GeForce GTX 470 requires 20 Watts more than the GTX 680 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce GTX 470 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 680.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1110 MHzvs607 MHz
Boost Clock1176 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK104-400-A2Fermi GF100-275-A3
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 May 2012vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs
7.9
1920x1080
8.8
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6.1
2560x1440
6.4
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4.4
3840x2160
4.7
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs837 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs320 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.3GB/secvs133.9GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 640 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1536vs448
Actual Shader Performance87%vs26%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs56
Texture Rate142.1 GTexel/svs34 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs40
Pixel Rate35.5 GPixel/svs24.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power195 Wattsvs215 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 42 Ampsvs550 Watts & 38 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 i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-930 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.
GeForce GTX 470 is a high-end GPU based on the 40nm Fermi architecture.
It's based on the Fermi GF100 Core and offers 480 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 40 ROPs. The central unit runs at 607MHz and the memory clock operates at 837MHz.
Compared to GeForce GTX 480, it delivers considerably worse performance due to the lower SPU count and lower clocked central unit and therefore also lower Shaders speed.
Most modern demanding games will run at the highest settings using a 1080p resolution. However, some will require reduced settings to be played optimally.
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