Most games get little benefit from a fifth or sixth core, and Battlefield 3 proves no exception. Our new PC stomps the old one at its most CPU-bottlenecked Low detail settings. Higher resolutions help equalize the two machines, yielding performance charts that make the GeForce GTX 680 appear barely better than last quarter's Radeon HD 7970 as this detail level.
Higher Battlefield 3 detail presets give these graphics cards a little more work to do, and that’s where the GeForce GTX 680 demonstrates that it's a little bit faster.
Graphics overclocking is completely unnecessary at DiRT 3’s High quality preset, since any frame rate increase we might have seen appears lost on a processor bottleneck.
Increased detail settings put an even greater demand on the GPU, and we see the performance advantage of this quarter's GeForce GTX 680 more clearly.
- Ivy Bridge And Kepler Come Together
- CPU, CPU Cooler, And Memory
- Graphics, Motherboard, And Power
- System, Storage, And Optical Drives
- Case And Cooler Installation
- Final Assembly
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Gamers: You're Going To Love This One!