Last generation, Nvidia made compute performance and gaming equally important on its flagship GPU—the same piece of silicon that went into high-end Quadro cards and the GeForce GTX 480.
This time around, at the event introducing GeForce GTX 680 to press from around the world, the company refused to discuss compute, joking that it took a lot of heat for pushing the subject with Fermi and didn’t want to go there again.
The more complete story is that it doesn’t want to go there…yet. Sandra 2012 just showed us that the GeForce GTX 680 trails AMD’s Radeon HD 7900 cards in 32-bit math. And it gets absolutely decimated in 64-bit floating-point operations, as Nvidia purposely protects its profitable professional graphics business by artificially capping perfrmance.
Not surprisingly, then, the OpenGL-based LuxMark 2.0 benchmark shows the GeForce GTX 680 dragging across the finish line.
In comparison, the GeForce GTX 580/590’s GF110 GPU is better-suited to general-purpose compute tasks. And Nvidia argues it’d rather sell you a workstation-oriented Quadro card or dedicated Tesla-based board. We’d counter that AMD’s Radeon HD 7900-series cards are, at least from a performance perspective, clearly viable alternatives in this particular workload (not to mention a lot cheaper).
- GeForce GTX 680: The Card And Cooling
- GK104: The Chip And Architecture
- GPU Boost: Graphics Afterburners
- Overclocking: I Want More Than GPU Boost
- PCI Express 3.0 And Adaptive V-Sync
- Hardware Setup And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark 11 (DX 11)
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 (DX 11)
- Benchmark Results: Crysis 2 (DX 9/DX 11)
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (DX 9)
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3 (DX 11)
- Benchmark Results: World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm (DX 11)
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033 (DX 11)
- Benchmark Results: Sandra 2012
- Benchmark Results: Compute Performance In LuxMark 2.0
- Benchmark Results: NVEnc And MediaEspresso 6.5
- Temperature And Noise
- Power Consumption
- Performance Per Watt: The Index
- GeForce GTX 680: The Hunter Scores A Kill