As expected, the graphics cards from MSI and ASUS, having almost identical clock rates, are close to each other in 3DMark 2011. Both are ahead of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. The overclocked MSI wins this test.
Metro 2033: The Last Refuge
The Nvidia-based cards find it difficult to compete with the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition in this game, although the gap is small. The GeForce GTX 680s from MSI and ASUS have the same results here.
Aliens vs. Predator (2010)
We see the same picture in this game, too:
Total War: Shogun 2
Nvidia-based cards are rather unpredictable in this game. When a new game patch is installed automatically, GeForce GTX 680 and 670 cards usually slow down but Nvidia’s programmers react by releasing a driver update. This time around, the GeForce 305.37 beta driver, released for the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, makes the top-end Nvidia-based solutions competitive against the AMD-based card.
We can add that the ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP and MSI N680GTX Lightning deliver the same performance again, outpacing the ordinary GeForce GTX 680 by 8-10%.
The GeForce GTX 680s from MSI and ASUS are just as fast as the reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition in this game. The Nvidia-based solutions are somewhat better in terms of bottom frame rate, though. The overclocked MSI is deservedly ahead in this test.