Nvidia GeForce GTX 680

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

Based on current gaming requirements the GeForce GTX 680 is considered one of the weakest cards and wont meet modern AAA game specs.

DirectX 11 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

How well will the GeForce GTX 680 run 2023 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. This graphics hardware can run 188 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the GeForce GTX 680 shows us that Forza Horizon 5 is getting a weak result of 0 FPS, and then we are seeing Battlefield 2042 returning a weak 0 FPS while another game on our list is the Star Citizen which is predicted to get 30 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran Battlefield 2042 on the GeForce GTX 680 to see that it got a weak set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. Another popular game to investigate at 1440p with this card was Star Citizen which we predicted will be weak in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 23 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Forza Horizon 5 where its Ultra 1440p Frame rates were weak at 0 FPS. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 680 is going to struggle at this higher gaming resolution.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 680 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 680 in your PC? We think this GeForce GTX 680 has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 680? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 680 then a good choice would be RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB as this is better than 716 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 64% better performance as well. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 680 is the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300, which is 31% more powerful and can run 300 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
29 FPS
The GeForce GTX 680 was released on 22 Mar 2012
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 680
Kepler GK104-400-A2
Texture Rate
135 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
34 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 11.1
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1006 MHz
Boost Clock
1058 MHz
Max Power
195 Watts
550 Watt & 40 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
GD Official

GeForce GTX 680 Game Requirement Analysis

GeForce GTX 680 is a high-end Graphics Card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture.
The Kepler architecture allows more SPUs but the Fermi SPUs (used on the 400 & 500 Series) are clocked twice as fast as the Kepler architecture. Therefore, don't let the large amount of Pipelines fool you, as the 1536 Pipelines are equivalent to 768 Pipelines, of the Fermi architecture.
GeForce GTX 680 features a 1006Mhz core-clock that can automatically set itself to 1058Mhz using a technology similar to the one used on Intel GPUs. Another huge surprise is the TDP that went from 244 Watts, to just 195 Watts, as two SPUs of the Kepler architecture consume 10% less power. However, the amount was doubled and so the power save is not as high as it could have been.
GeForce GTX 680 was the fastest single GPU of the world until Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition was released.
All games will run on the maximum settings smoothly.

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