GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7970 vs 680 among Desktop GPUs


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680  based on its noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7970

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7970

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Significantly higher memory bandwidth 264 GB/s vs 192.3 GB/s More than 35% higher memory bandwidth
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Significantly better T-Rex score 8.62 frames/s vs 4.64 frames/s More than 85% better T-Rex score
Better floating-point performance 3,789 GFLOPS vs 3,090.4 GFLOPS Around 25% better floating-point performance
Significantly higher hitman: absolution framerate 73 vs 36.9 Around 2x higher hitman: absolution framerate
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,536 512 more shading units
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Slightly higher BioShock infinite framerate 70.4 fps vs 64.7 fps Around 10% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 680

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Higher clock speed 1,006 MHz vs 925 MHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 5,500 MHz Around 10% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 1,375 MHz Around 10% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 195W vs 250W More than 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7970 vs GeForce GTX 680

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970
447.28 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 680
123.57 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970
49.05 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 680
47.72 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970
261.64 frames/s
GeForce GTX 680
1,504.98 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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HD 7970 GHZ ... Ma vazi
Better bios R9 280x = 10%+
The same query here!
What I don't understand here is that the HD 7970 GHZ edition wins against the GTX 680 right? But the GTX 770 (Rebranded GTX 680) wins against the R9 280X (Rebranded HD 7970 GHZ edition) how does that work?
I feel you should at'least research a little better. Because there are some that do not add up.
CPU boss gotta check things well, on so many sites, tests have been organized and the gtx 680 has won over the 7970 several times and in several places. so what is gpu boss saying?
Thanks Omar, you da man :)
U guys deserve the name " boss " Keep going Hope to see new benchmarks here
Thanks Nathan, we really appreciate that :)
My thanks to you people of this site. You've helped me with my new PC a lot.
I will choose the GTX 680 since i only use my PC for games and not much else. This was a really helpful comparison and review. Glad i found it.
i see that gtx 680 wins 7970 at games.many people buy graphic cards just for games.
You do realise that graphic cards are not used just for games?
Thanks! You = Boss
Love all the boss sites!
It seems that if it weren't for the SmallLux GPU test, the GTX 680 would be slightly better. My guess is that it's better for gaming, while the 7970 is better for graphics work, though they're roughly the same in general. Don't take my word for it, though, as I'm a complete noob when it comes to this stuff, I'm just looking at the scores and drawing conclusions.
Amd HD7970 Winner!!! But The Gtx 660 Ti X2 Winner!
how come with the new drivers a stock HD7970 (none Ghz) is beating my gtx680 in pretty much everything :( going to get a hd7970 now
Guys this is awesome...specialy the way we can compare the same gpu but with different subvendors...thnx...!! u rock...\m/
Interestingly, the ATI wins even when the nVidia has better performance in both areas that count the most, ie. real world gaming performance and power/noise.
Thanks Aries :) You sir are a boss.
Just realized gpuboss is up! hope it'll be as good as cpuboss! keep that awesome work
Thanks! We really appreciate the support, this is really great to hear :)
Keep up the good work guys CPU boss and GPU boss are a dream for hardware comparison I am amazed, really....
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