Performance Summary Charts & Conclusion

The Performance summary charts

Below are the summary charts of 38 games.  The highest and medium settings were run at 1920×1080 and the settings are listed on the charts.  Most Fraps results show average framerates and Minimum framerates are listed next to the averages in italics and in a slightly smaller font, and higher is better.  Games benched with OCAT show average framerates but the minimums are expressed by frametimes in ms where lower numbers are better.

The first column shows the RX 570’s performance. Column two gives the HD 7970 performance, and column three represents the GTX 680.  The fourth column compares the performance of the GTX 1050 Ti.  An “X” means the benchmark could not be run.

The Radeons were hit with the Vulkan bug and DOOM crashed to desktop while Gears of War 4 refused to run on the GeForce cards, likely because of a DRM issue with Windows 10.  Grand Theft Auto V and Ghost Recon Wilderness would not run on the GTX 680 on their highest settings because of its 2GB vRAM limitation but it handled normal or medium settings.

Let’s head for our conclusion.

The Conclusion

The RX 570 is the fastest of the four tested cards followed by the GTX 1050 Ti, then by the HD 7970, and finally by the GTX 680 in distant last place.  Both of these 7 year old former flagship cards fall behind the newer cards, and most of the demanding newer games cannot be well-played even at 1920×1080 without dropping down well below Ultra settings.

In most games, the HD 7970 has aged better and can still handle higher settings with better framerates than the GTX 680 which is crippled by its limited 2GB vRAM framebuffer.

Although some of the popular multiplayer games seem to optimize better for the older cards, the limited vRAM of the GTX 680 is insufficient to play many newer games at 1920×1080 at even medium settings.  To compensate, GTX 680 owners may want to drop their game settings to Low and/or to overclock.  It might even be time to consider an upgrade to a newer card.For play at 1080P/Ultra, the RX 570 might be a reasonable upgrade from a HD 7970 although we would recommend a RX 580 or RX 590, just as a GTX 1050 Ti might be a good upgrade from a GTX 680 although a GTX 1060 6GB would be better.  Either $150 upgrade would give current HD 7970 and GTX 680 gamers the option to play the latest games at mostly high or at higher settings at 1920×1080.

Stay tuned, there is a lot coming from us at BTR including new reviews and exclusive features with an even larger and more relevant benchmarking suite for 2019.

Happy New Year and Happy Gaming!