GeForce GTX 690 Review: Dual NVIDIA GK104 GPUs - HotHardware

GeForce GTX 690 Review: Dual NVIDIA GK104 GPUs

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1600 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist, along with the necessary drivers, games, and benchmark tools.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-3960X
(3.3GHz, Six-Core)
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
(Intel X79 Express)

Radeon HD 7950
Radeon HD 7970
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 580/OC
GeForce GTX 580 3GB
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 690

16GB OCZ DDR3-1600
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
ATI Catalyst v12.2b/v12.4
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v300.99/v301.33

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v2.5
3DMark 11
Batman: Arkham City
Just Cause 2
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Lost Planet 2
Dirt 3

Unigine Heaven v2.5 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v2.5 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion) It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The new GeForce GTX 690 simply crushes everything in the Unigine Heaven benchmark, which it should considering it costs at least twice as much as any other card in the list and sports two of the most powerful GPUs money can currently buy.

And don't worry, we'll have CrossFire and SLI numbers in the actual games're almost there...

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Awesome card with awesome performance. This card beasted almost everycard card! Love the Sli bridge design.

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>> Awesome card with awesome performance...

and awful price.

I don't see many of these sell, since the people who can afford them can get a higher resolution experience by just hiring live actors to act out the games for them.

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3vi1 you must not be very smart, its 1000 dollars because 2 680 are 1000 dollars. so its a fair price.

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My husband would probaly sell his soul for this card. How pricey is it?

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@NICKIEISIS30 the MSRP is going to be $999 on this thing so pricey.

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Me want but not 1k, 600 maybe

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so Der Meister, you want 2 680's for 600 dollars, well you keep waiting for that and tell me if you ever find that deal. dummy. if you cant afford a 690 or 680 for that matter then get a 670 for 400 bucks.

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This thing looks like a killer card that I would be proud to display in my case :) I wish they made some 680s with the same cooling technology.

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Why don't you compare it with 2x 6990... oh yeah... cause it'll be destroyed.

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2 6990's in crossfire would be 4 gpu's vs 2 gpu's on the gtx690....of course crossfired 6990's would be faster.Do you know anything about pc hardware?

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