GeForce GTX 690: Nvidia's Dual-Kepler Videocard Benchmarked

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steven4570

being that the gtx 680 i have kills almost every game at 2560x1600 anything over that is overkill. Unless you are obsessed with crysis 2 and metro 2033 while playing those games at uber high res, not worth it at all. Hell most people don't even need the 680 much less this monster.

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drummingasm

At this point it's just overkill. There's absolutely NO point to getting a gpu that costs more than $200 tops...

lol jk.

Why crossfire when you can QUADFIRE! or SLI when you can SCALABLE FORK INTERFACE!

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gtx680_quad_sli_vs_hd7970_quad_crossfirex,1.html

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USraging

nice save! i think i just heard all of maximum pc gasp at the thought.

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vrmlbasic

Is this NVidia's Bulldozer? They massively, massively hyped this up, and it actually looses in several benchmarkes to the AMD solution that's been around for a fair while now. When it wins, it doesn't win impressively, and it barely beats its Nvidia-made predecessor. Shoot, in Shogun 2, it only _ties_ its predecessor. All that hype for this?

Sure, we can get twice as many of these suckers into a build as we could a Crossfire/independent SLI solution as this thing is only 1 card instead of 2, but that doesn't live up to the hype. "The same performance you've already had, at greater cost, in half the space". Color me unimpressed.

...I think that comparing this to Bulldozer would be a disservice as I don't remember AMD making a huge PR deal out of Bulldozer by sending metal bars to tech sites or hosting a fancy shindig in Asia from where they streamed their exclusive announcement.

I'm still waiting for the magic of "Big Kepler" to arrive. I also wonder if anyone will be able to afford it, if "Toddler Kepler" here (which doesn't strike me as being worth the cost) is already a grand.

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Felix_Ram

You seem utterly clueless.

NVidia has managed to get two of their topcards into a single card solution. First time buddy, for both NVidia and AMD. The GTX590 predecessor were 2 GTX560 in one card, and there's no way it can stand up to two GTX680 in a GTX690.

Going toe to two with 2 top of the line cards in SLI or crossfire, is a big improvement, as a crossfire or SLI solution has always been the top of the benchmarkcharts.

Compairing this card with all it's improvements to the fiasco that was bulldozer is really really layman opinion.

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h e x e n

I'm pretty much in the same boat. I thought this card would destroy and it ends up being a mediocre sidegrade to other solutions. Pity.

I'll wait and see what the 7990 can do before making any decisions. My 6950's aren't as fast as I'd like them to be, but I'll hold onto em a while longer.

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Felix_Ram

Hoping for the 7990 to act on par with separate 7970s is pretty optimistic. AMD need to outdo themselves to have a singlecard match the GTX690.

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Pruneface

Looks pretty sick to me. if Asus could use two of these like they did with the ROG Matrix, i could save up my paychecks for 5 years and buy 1

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Danthrax66

Your numbers for Metro 2033 seem really far off: http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5805/46164.png

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5805/46163.png

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5805/46162.png

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5805/nvidia-geforce-gtx-690-review-ultra-expensive-ultra-rare-ultra-fast/6

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nedwards

Yeah, I'm not sure why that is. I'll be testing at more resolutions and with different settings to see what's going on there.

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nbrowser

Two of these puppies would work real good in my X58A-UD3R motherboard......drooling here.......

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Pruneface

How 'bout 6 in a EVGA SR-2 mobo with two Core i7 3960x?

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aarcane

I'd like to see max PC slap some generic GPU water blocks on that thing and see how much performance they can eek out of it nominally.

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JohnP

Remember, this is with the small Kepler chip (the K104). NVidia has still to release the big Kepler (K100). Imagine two of them in one card...
Meantime, it is a tribute to NVidia that they can take such a small hit loss with the dual card. I think this is the closest I have ever seen a dual chip card coming to the benchmarks of an SLI setup.
Kudos to AMD for the superb benchmarks for the X-Fire setup. It takes good drivers to do that (which is usually my biggest complaint with AMD).

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vrmlbasic

I hope it will be more impressive than this. This sucked, compared to the hype (and the other 2 solutions tested).

As I said above, it's the same level of performance that you could already buy, but at greater cost. To compensate for that, you get it in a package half the size.

If this underwhelming product, call it "Toddler Kepler", gets so much crazy NVidia PR hype, I wonder what they'll do for "Big Kepler" (which will hopefully live up to the hype)?

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bpstone

It does not seem worth it to me.

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vrmlbasic

Agreed.

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Dysthymia

http://techreport.com/image.x/2012_4_28_Nvidia_uncorks_worlds_fastest_video_card_the_GeForce_GTX_690/board4-1600.jpg

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mls067

now, how do I convince my wife that I need one..hmm.."it can make me mow the lawn faster and take out the trash as we sleep" yeah, that will work!

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jcollins

I'm wondering if the lower chip speed means they could be using chips that didn't test out at full speed in a 680 for the 690's.

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JohnP

Just the opposite, NVidia stated that they were binning hand selected 104 chips for the 690. That is why the numbers between SLI and the dual card are so close.

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USraging

every time i look at new hardware i start getting the itch... i want to spend lots of money and build a new pc:p i think i need a support group:P i keep telling myself i dont need to upgrade yet my i7 960, gtx 580 and raptors are good enough for right now.

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JohnP

My sister told me the other day that men's brains light up under MRI scans in the same places when they buy new tools as they do for sex. It's in our genes, don't fight it or you'll go blind...

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vrmlbasic

I agree, don't fight the urge. Divert it to something else so that you can buy the much-hyped "Big Kepler" when it comes out.

Is there a reason to buy into "Baby Kepler" when the promised kick-ass performance of "Big Kepler" is around the corner? I'd say no, and these MPC benchmarks back me up.

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USraging

i see what kind of support group i am given here...

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Valor958

I know the feeling man, but my wife would kill me if i bought even a new 680 right now. I just got a new 3500k build up, but kept my old 460 and only got 4gb of ram for now. Thankfully, ram is still cheap $_$ I did splurge on a nice SDD though, and i'm loving it.

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Valor958

...sry, double post.

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Valor958

I can certainly see the appeal of this beast, but honestly I'm starting to see the performance line blur again between dual ATI and dual nvidia. I'll personally stick with nVidia since I've just had bad experiences with ATI in the past and nVidia has done me wrong yet. With performance on the card I'll actually be getting (680) being better than the comparable from ATI, it still works out in my favor.
I have to wonder though, for mobo's that can do 3-way SLI, is it possible to do 3 690's? Overkill like nothing else, but I just have to wonder... if money were no option, exactly how beast would that be? ^_^

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cldmstrsn

You can actually only do 2 690's in quad sli but there is another option. you can do one 690 and one 680 for tri sli configuration. Hope that answers your question!

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Valor958

Kind of, I understand that 3 690's would essentially be 6 way sli, but that's what I was wondering. If someone could modify the right parts and force a mobo to accept the 3 cards even though each counts as two. I can only imagine the power needed to run that though. That with 32gb ram and a dual cpu motherboard... a boy can dream. I can also imagine the cooling necessary would be ridiculous too.
$1500 for 3 680s is too rich for me right now... that's more than i spent on my whole pc on the most recent rebuild.

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cldmstrsn

But the thing is if you look at the pictures of the 690 you see that there is only one sli bridge on the card thus making it impossible to do more that 2 690's.

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cldmstrsn

Plus by the time you get to quad sli, scaling gets really bad and is almost redundant but I would still like to have 2 of these babies in my system!

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Valor958

Aha, good eye. I hadn't even examined that yet since i'm at work. So I guess, 4 way sli is the max if you linked two 690s. Still ridiculous though.

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morrowindsky

I still think it looks like the Union Aerospace Corporation from Doom 3 was behind the design. Would overclocking this unleash a demon onslaught?

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