Finally, some real GeForce GTX 680 Benchmarks shows up. And this time, the new benchmark shows that the GeForce GTX 680 is indeed faster than Radeon HD 7970. These new GTX 680 benchmarks are done by a third party, and not by the manufacturers, so most probably there are no biases included when they conducted the benchmark.
For those who still refuse to believe that the GeForce GTX 680 is faster than Radeon HD 7970, then you better take a look at this. In the new GeForce GTX 680 benchmark, the GPU was compared with Radeon HD 7970 and GTX 580.
The test setup used to benchmark the GTX 680 are as follows: Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard, Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, 8GB GeIL EVO 2 DDR3-2200MHz (4x 2GB) quad channel memory, Corsair Force GT 120GB, MSI GeForce GTX 680/580 (and Radeon HD 7970), Power Supply Corsair AX1200W and Windows 7 SP1 x64bit platform.
The GeForce GTX 680 Benchmarks were tested on 3DMark 11 using the performance preset, some games namely COD MW3, Lost Planet 2, Batman, Unigine Heaven and Battlefield 3. The test was conducted using a 1920×1080 resolution (for all tests), and 8x MSAA on other tests. See the results and graphs below.
One thing is bothering me though. I know that the information provided was not complete, according to the source, the Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition was at stock speed, but how come they used a liquid nitrogen/dry ice cooling system to cool the CPU. Most probably they overclocked the CPU on some tests.
As for the temperature and power consumption, the GeForce GTX 680 is cooler than the HD 7970. Generally speaking the HD 7970 is hotter than GTX 680 and GTX 580. Not only that, one of the graphs shows that the HD 7970 has a much higher power consumption compared to GTX 680, generally speaking.
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