GeForce_GTX_680_Direct_CU_II_TOP
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP

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How well can the GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

The GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP is a very low performing piece of gaming hardware and can probably only run indie system requirements.

Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

Game performance for the GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP where we look at the bigger games played in 2021. Looking closely at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. 253 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP can run FIFA 22 at 1080p and saw it return reasonable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 154 FPS, Medium: 122 FPS, High: 82 FPS and Ultra: 59 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Far Cry 6 returns a weak 0 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at FIFA 22 where it was reasonable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 118 FPS, Medium: 93 FPS, High: 62 FPS and Ultra: 45 FPS. We added Far Cry 6 to our tests and saw it was weak with a 0 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Forza Horizon 5 leading us to predict 3 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p gaming on the GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP is likely in need of some graphical option tweaks when trying to play modern games.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP in your PC? This GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB which is 48% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 625 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300 which meets 311 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 22% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
36 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP was released on 01 May 2012
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP
GPU
Architecture
Kepler GK104-400-A2
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
154 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
38 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 11.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.2
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
2048MB
Memory Speed
1502MHz
Memory Bus
256bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache
512
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1137 MHz
Boost Clock
1201 MHz
Power
Max Power
None
PSU
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
2.5
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GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP Game Requirement Analysis

GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP 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 Direct CU II TOP features an increase to its core-clock, that went from 1006MHz to 1137MHz. The "Boost Clock" was also increased and can now attain some whopping 1201MHz. A new quiet and more efficient cooling system is also available.
The changes are impressive and benchmarks indicate a 7% increase in performance when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 680. Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.

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