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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 (reference card) review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 - Looking For The Knockout

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Competitive with GeForce GTX 680 2-way SLI
Overclockable to outgun GTX 680 2-way SLI
Solid build quality
Power efficient
High temperature
Cooler vents hot air back to casing

Crysis Warhead & Crysis 2

Crysis Warhead

We've finally reached the most challenging games in our test setup. First up Crysis Warhead. We once again saw the GTX 690 trailing the GTX 680 2-way SLI by about 2-3% across the board. Somewhat surprisingly, the clear winner here was AMD's Radeon HD 7970 2-way CrossFireX setup, which blazed its way to victory with a commanding 20% average lead against the GTX 690.

Looking at the other cards on our chart, you'll see that, compared to their closest NVIDIA competitor (e.g. HD 7970 vs. GTX 680), AMD is always in the lead, suggesting that Crysis Warhead just runs better on AMD cards. 




Crysis 2

In the toughest game on our list - and really, the first to even remotely challenge our multi-GPU configuration cards - we were pleased to see the GTX 690 rise to the challenge and remain highly competitive with both SLI and CrossFireX setups. We saw a slight dip at the higher 2560 x 1600 resolution, with the GTX 690 again falling behind the GTX 680 2-way SLI by about 4%, however it did perform an astonishing 85% better than the GTX 590.