GeForce GTX 690 Review: Dual NVIDIA GK104 GPUs

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Dirt 3 Performance

Dirt 3
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance


Dirt 3

Dirt 3 is the latest in a string of great racing games from Codemasters. Like is predecessor, 2009's Dirt 2, this game sports impressive visuals with DX11 support. “Ultra” settings for shadow effects, tessellation, and post processing elements, like depth of field, then become available to the gamer, and in turn, crank up the workload on the graphics subsystem. The game engine also makes use of multi-core processors for higher performance on top-end systems. We tested the game configured with its Ultra graphics options with 4X anti-aliasing at resolutions with of 1920x1200 and 2560x1600.


It's more of the same in the Dirt 3 benchmark. The GeForce GTX 690 outpaces every other single card by a wide margin. Big surprise, huh?


Versus the various SLI and CrossFire configurations, the GeForce GTX 690's performance seems more tame--although keep in mind, this is one 690 vs. two competing cards. Here, the GeForce GTX 690 falls right in behind the GeForce GTX 680 SLI setup.
 

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