GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980 vs 680 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

8.4

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980  based on its benchmarks and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 980

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980

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Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 44,693 vs 33,025 More than 35% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Significantly higher pixel rate 77.82 GPixel/s vs 32.2 GPixel/s Around 2.5x higher pixel rate
Better floating-point performance 4,981 GFLOPS vs 3,090.4 GFLOPS More than 60% better floating-point performance
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,008 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 1,006 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 192.3 GB/s More than 15% higher memory bandwidth
Much higher BioShock infinite framerate 113.5 fps vs 64.7 fps More than 75% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Higher texture rate 155.6 GTexel/s vs 128.8 GTexel/s More than 20% higher texture rate
Significantly higher crysis 3 framerate 58.3 fps vs 36.8 fps Around 60% higher crysis 3 framerate
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,536 512 more shading units
Higher turbo clock speed 1,216 MHz vs 1,058 MHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,502 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Higher battlefield 4 framerate 93.4 vs 64.3 More than 45% higher battlefield 4 framerate
Better cloud gate factor score 22.51 vs 21.27 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score
Lower TDP 165W vs 195W More than 15% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 680

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 680

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Much better 3DMark06 score 26,525.5 vs 17,512 More than 50% better 3DMark06 score

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 980 vs 680

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Thief

Battlefield 4

Bioshock Infinite

Crysis 3

Metro: Last Light

Reviews Word on the street

Comments

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CG artist here, only reason I'm even looking at any of this is because I'm GPU memory 'bottle-necked', dcc apps crash when out of gpu memory. :/
Still using 2 680's in SLI and have never needed more power at 1440p. Only reason I'd ever upgrade is to switch to 4k as 2gb of ram just won't cut it for 4k gaming.
The alienware m18x always has sli, never just a 680m. And not even gpuboss can mix up 680m sli and 680
they mean the 680m
Can you seriously get a gtx 680 in an Alienware laptop? Dont they mean gtx 680m?
980 gtx, 2 times the 680 and no winner declared... GG!
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