Graphics Cards Guide

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

Far Cry 2 & Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Results

Far Cry 2 Results

In the non DX11 enabled Far Cry 2, the GTX 690 performed very well, remaining competitive or even surpassing the GTX 680 2-way SLI on all settings. However, with cards this powerful, even at the highest settings and resolution, there wasn't much to separate them and the performance gains weren't as pronounced as they could have been. 

While the numbers still provide an idea of how the cards performed, in terms of actual gameplay, there would be almost no difference between any of them. 

Far Cry 2 might be a little too old to test the might of today's more powerful GPUs, but rest assured, we'll soon be reevaluating and updating our test setup and adding more worthy challengers!



Battlefield: Bad Company 2

In our first DX11 game, the GTX 690 continued to perform as we've come to expect, slightly trailing the GTX 680 2-way SLI. It fared slightly better, losing by only 2% this time. While the 'lower' 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution wasn't demanding enough to show much separation between the cards, at 2560 x 1600 we did see the GTX 690 beat the GTX 590 by a substantial 34% and maintained the lead over the red camp by at least 10%.