Friday, March 16th 2012

GTX 680 Generally Faster Than HD 7970: New Benchmarks

For skeptics who refuse to believe randomly-sourced bar-graphs of the GeForce GTX 680 that are starved of pictures, here is the first set of benchmarks run by a third-party (neither NVIDIA nor one of its AIC partners). This [p]reviewer from HKEPC has pictures to back his benchmarks. The GeForce GTX 680 was pitted against a Radeon HD 7970, and a previous-generation GeForce GTX 580. The test-bed consisted of an extreme-cooled Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor (running at stock frequency), ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard, 8 GB (4x 2 GB) GeIL EVO 2 DDR3-2200 MHz quad-channel memory, Corsair AX1200W PSU, and Windows 7 x64.

Benchmarks included 3DMark 11 (performance preset), Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Lost Planet 2, and Unigine Heaven (version not mentioned, could be 1). All tests were run at a constant resolution of 1920x1080, with 8x MSAA on some tests (mentioned in the graphs).



More graphs follow.


Source: HKEPC
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273 Comments on GTX 680 Generally Faster Than HD 7970: New Benchmarks

#1
Crap Daddy
by: HTC
It overclocks allot but doesn't scale as much, compared to the 7950.

EDIT

Not factoring in the dynamic clock thingy, @ 1110 core, the 680 is 57% overclocked (core) while the 7950 is 43% overclocked (core).

Would be helpful if the extreme stock 680 was also shown, not just overclocked.
Again, the stock clock for the 680 is 1006 MHz. So it's 10% overclock. Please see the voltage, that's the default one.
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#2
HTC
by: Crap Daddy
Again, the stock clock for the 680 is 1006 MHz. So it's 10% overclock. Please see the voltage, that's the default one.
Both GPU-Z and NVIDIA Inspector (the pic you posted) say default clock -> 706 and GPU clock -> 1110.

It is however possible that both progs don't fully support 680 yet and, in that case, you could be right.
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#3
Crap Daddy
The way clocks work on Kepler will be explained I'm sure by Wizz but in the meantime here's a shot of EVGA precision beta for the 680. You'll see how the clocks are marked.

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#4
HTC
by: Crap Daddy
The way clocks work on Kepler will be explained I'm sure by Wizz but in the meantime here's a shot of EVGA precision beta for the 680. You'll see how the clocks are marked.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=124661
I stand corrected.

Question: how about the shaders? They too have a 57% boost or is it from the dynamic thingy again?
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#6
W1zzard
by: HTC
Both GPU-Z and NVIDIA Inspector (the pic you posted) say default clock -> 706 and GPU clock -> 1110.

It is however possible that both progs don't fully support 680 yet and, in that case, you could be right.
the current public build has no support for gtx 680. editors can email me to request a new version with full support
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#7
cowie
Public support will be soon after launch like normal wizz?
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#8
W1zzard
by: cowie
Public support will be soon after launch like normal wizz?
i have a new gpuz release lined up for soon(tm), which will include support for upcoming hardware
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#10
Jonap_1st
i don't get it if some people still mumbling about the correlation between GPU naming, performance with the upcoming price tags, hoping it will get under $400 mark? did they think nvidia will just throw away 580 with the rest and hope it would be forgotten?

if it's truly faster than 7970 and priced (just say) only 50% more expensive than allegedly previous generation (a.k.a GF1x4) just like what you wanted ; it will blown everything out of the water and push AMD to dig their own graves. but i think nvidia will not push their own GTX580 to the same graves too..
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#11
DarkOCean
I sure hope it will go higher than 1150 on stock voltage, good to see they improved the imc by alot though.
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#12
Crap Daddy
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#14
jaredpace
I wonder what's up with the clocks on the sli bench. Is the overclocking making them reset back to 700mhz periodically? If so, it would lower the scores.
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#15
techtard
by: Aquinus
The 680 doesn't appear to be overwhelmingly faster. Way too much hype for a chip that doesn't dominate the 7970. :|
As usual, the hype was generated by rabid fanboys. Just wait for reviews, then make your decision.
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#16
Crap Daddy
by: Aquinus
The 680 doesn't appear to be overwhelmingly faster. Way too much hype for a chip that doesn't dominate the 7970. :|
GK104 wasn't made to dominate the 7970 and as far as I remember there's wasn't any hype around this. Until very recently people thought this chip will compete at best with the HD7950.
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#18
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: Crap Daddy
GK104 wasn't made to dominate the 7970 and as far as I remember there's wasn't any hype around this. Until very recently people thought this chip will compete at best with the HD7950.
The problem is the where they're placing the product. The 680's name places it where it competes directly with the 7970, it's saying that it is meant to target the top. So unless there is something that comes before the 690, assuming that the 690 will be the dual-gpu solution, it's placed pretty high to not be targeting the 7970.
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#19
Crap Daddy
by: Aquinus
The problem is the where they're placing the product. The 680's name places it where it competes directly with the 7970, it's saying that it is meant to target the top. So unless there is something that comes before the 690, assuming that the 690 will be the dual-gpu solution, it's placed pretty high to not be targeting the 7970.
Between targeting and dominating there's a difference. I can bet it's gonna be faster to UP TO 10% in an average across the board with all usual games but it will not in any way dominate the 7970. That's why it will be probably priced the same as the 7970.

And this chip was not meant to be called GTX680. It just happens that it can compete with the 7970 and with higher stock clocks it can beat it so why not call it 680 and pocket the money? Nvidia has no other better chip ready and again, as it happens, they don't need it this round.
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#20
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: Crap Daddy
Between targeting and dominating there's a difference. I can bet it's gonna be faster to UP TO 10% in an average across the board with all usual games but it will not in any way dominate the 7970. That's why it will be probably priced the same as the 7970.

And this chip was not meant to be called GTX680. It just happens that it can compete with the 7970 and with higher stock clocks it can beat it so why not call it 680 and pocket the money? Nvidia has no other better chip ready and again, as it happens, they don't need it this round.
...and all I'm saying is for the placement of the product and all the hyper nVidia generated, it's not as good as they've been saying. What I'm saying is that for the claims, hype, and actual performance for a product placed as the GTX 680, it makes it look like nVidia is struggling with how much higher performance the top end model had over AMD/ATi in the past. Also remember, the 7970 has been out for months, AMD has made their money off of it already and they're working on the next best thing.
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#21
Evolved
This just in... (if nobody has heard the retail price in-stores yet).

I work as tech and sales at Canada Computers and I just scoured my system for a GTX680.

It's selling for $549.99, for an EVGA GTX680 and about $579.99 for a Gigabyte.

10% faster than the HD7970, and more than $50 cheaper.

Damn...
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#22
Steevo
10% faster till you consider the overclocks a 7970 can reach easily.
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#23
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: Steevo
10% faster till you consider the overclocks a 7970 can reach easily.
The GTX 680's over-clocking ability has yet to be tested, I guess it could be a big decision point for buyers.
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#24
Crap Daddy
by: Evolved
This just in... (if nobody has heard the retail price in-stores yet).

I work as tech and sales at Canada Computers and I just scoured my system for a GTX680.

It's selling for $549.99, for an EVGA GTX680 and about $579.99 for a Gigabyte.

10% faster than the HD7970, and more than $50 cheaper.

Damn...
These are Canadian dollars? The 7970 had a MSRP of $600 over there?
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#25
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: Crap Daddy
These are Canadian dollars? The 7970 had a MSRP of $600 over there?
Yes, it does, with most cards selling for $569-$649, or more. the lower-priced cards, in my own city, are never in stock. If these cards matched US prices locally, i'd have bought a couple, but the clear price gouging on the side of the retailers helped convinced me to wait for Kepler, in hopes that those prices would drop accordingly.
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