GeForce GTX 680 

Released March, 2012
  • 1 GHz
  • 2 GB GDDR5
6.6 Out of 10

Explore 1 desktop with the GeForce GTX 680
Overall decent overclocking, it is nice to see that there is still some additional headroom for overclocking, despite the out of the large box overclock.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2012)
In gaming we see a roughly 10% increased power draw compared to the GTX 680 reference design which is, actually, better than I expected, given the overclock out of the box and the additional memory.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)

GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 680 among GPUs between $200 and $400

Gaming

GeForce GTX 680
6.6
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

GeForce GTX 680
9.4
T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor

Computing

GeForce GTX 680
6.3
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

GeForce GTX 680
6.1
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

GeForce GTX 680
6.1
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

GeForce GTX 680
6.6
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.6

Overall Score

GeForce GTX 680
6.6

Benchmarks Real world tests of the GeForce GTX 680

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 680
123.57 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1080
1,044.74 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
189.44 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 680
47.2 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1080
236.6 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
100.63 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 680
3,360.69
GeForce GTX 1080
3,358.92
GeForce GTX 970
3,359.14

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 680
3,719.44
GeForce GTX 970
3,409.75
GeForce GTX 1080
3,717.62

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

GeForce GTX 680
60.8

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

GeForce GTX 680
383.96

Thief

GeForce GTX 680
54.05

Battlefield 4

GeForce GTX 680
64.3

Reviews Word on the street for the GeForce GTX 680


9.5
This configuration is good for up to 375 W of power draw.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

To accomplish that with the Kepler-based GTX 680, and go on to seek performance-leadership is a very tough ask, and takes some very gritty engineering.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2012)
Its design goals are to raise performance and energy-efficiency over the previous generation "Fermi" architecture.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2012)
I tried running at various clock offsets to check what real-life performance boost they offer, because the clock offset is only a target value and actual clocks during gaming may differ, despite the selected clock offset.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2012)

Applications

By genre, TES: Skyrim is a role-playing game; it combines some of the best elements of older titles in the franchise, with some new sandbox elements to churn out an extremely engaging and addictive game.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)
During gaming, it is actually the quietest GTX 680 we ever tested so far.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)
It seems that, even though the game uploads more than 2 GB in textures, it doesn't use them all which is why there is no visible performance advantage.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)

Overclocking

NVIDIA's dynamic overclocking algorithm works well and provides a nice speed boost for the card.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)
Thanks to an overclock of 80 MHz out of the box, we see an about 5% performance increase over the NVIDIA reference design.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2012)
This implies that basic overclocking is more stable now, but once you go beyond the qualified clock range, stability testing is still required.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2012)

Gaming

Diablo 3 set the record for the fastest-selling PC game, selling over 3.5 million copies on the first day of its release; it was also the most pre-ordered game on Amazon.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)
While the GTX 680 is indeed meant to beat its competitors’ flagship, it is supposed to do so by a significant amount in every game.
by SKYMTL (Mar, 2012)
Also, if you plan to build a multi-monitor gaming rig, don't forget to buy some extra mini-HDMI adapters as only one is provided with the card - I had to wait 3 days for delivery before I could do our 5760x1080 testing.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)

Power

This power configuration is good for up to 300 W of power draw.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)
Furmark maximum power is about 50W lower than on AMD's card, but this is due to different power limiting methods limiting the boards at different power levels.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2012)
Power consumption of the MSI GTX 680 Lightning is very similar to NVIDIA's reference design.
by techPowerUp! (Jun, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand Nvidia
GPU name GK104
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,006 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,058 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 1,536
Texture mapping units 128
Render output processors 32
SMX units 8
Pixel rate 32.2 GPixel/s
Texture rate 128.8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,090.4 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,502 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 192.3 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 195W
Idle noise level 38.5 dB
Load noise level 51.9 dB
Idle power consumption 112W
Load power consumption 356W
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