EVGA GTX 690 Review

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compguytracy

Well, i guess i will have to live with my 7870 i just picked up for 247 including shipping, and 2 free game downloads, Tomb Raider, and Bioshock Infinite. and ill keep my 750 dollar difference, thank you very little.

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drayzen

Why are you publishing an article that's 15 months old?
I suggest you post an update with the driver versions used for the benchmarking.
Never heard of a 7990?
Not to mention the NVIDIA bias in the article, we all know that currently neither AMD or NVIDIA conclusively beat one another, it's a win-some/loose-some situation for both parties.

What was the true reason for posting this article?
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SEALBoy

It's not 15 months old. It's from January 2013. The comment on the article is a typo. The GTX 690 did not exist in January 2012.

There is no nVidia bias in the article. The GTX 690 is the fastest single card you can buy. It is faster than a GTX Titan. Overall, it is even faster than a Radeon 7990.

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EJS1980

So basically, a bunch of AMD fanboys have hijacked this thread?

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Sty

They always do.

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Peanut Fox

Your tag on the image

"Note: This review was taken from the January 2012 issue of the magazine."

Says January 2012, but I think this is actually from the 2013 issue.

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scotters

I'm definitely a pro-PC guy but it can be depressing at times. This test bed is using both a $1000 GPU and CPU and it's pulling 42 fps on metro 2033 which came out three years ago. I realize there are probably optimization issues but theoretically this should be pushing 100+ fps. Maybe I'm asking too much...

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Kaldor

This part is funny:

"When Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 680 back in May 2012, it handily cleaned the AMD HD 7970’s clock, but that wasn’t enough for Nvidia"

The 680 and the 7970 run about neck and neck in the benchmarks Ive seen everywhere else on the internet. Please less corporate schilling...

I miss the days when this mag was called boot.

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SEALBoy

When the GTX 680 came out, it was significantly faster than a 7970. We're talking 10-20% faster almost across the board.

Since that time, AMD released better drivers and a the 7970 GHz card which took back the crown by a slim margin. Mind you, the regular 7970 is still overall slower than a GTX 680.

There is nothing wrong with the statement you quoted above. The GTX 680, at launch, wiped the floor with the 7970.

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Kaldor

And now it becomes a series of one-ups-man-ship....

Does it really matter in all reality? The cards that are in question see about a 5 FPS difference depending on the driver, game, etc. Some games the 7970 is faster, some games the 680 is faster. They are about the same price point, so its all on the consumer to make that decision.

The point is, MaxPC has lost alot of credibility over the years and statements like what I quoted only show that.

I used to subscribe to the paper magazine, back in the boot days, and a few years into the MaxPC days. Back then it was all about absolutely not holding back and giving an honest opinion. Now it seems like that giving an honest opinion is swayed by who has the most money.

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kixofmyg0t

I haven't really thought about exactly how much nVidia is paying MPC until I read this article.

But now that I think about it SOMEBODY has to cover the falling magazine revenue.

If you want some more in depth reviews and more comprehensive benchmarks I suggest something like Tom's Hardware.

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preynolds2

even the benchmark graphic seems to be anti-7970.

yep, looks like someone is paying more than someone else to get some words in a magazine.

sad MPC

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vistageek

Same here. I think you might find what you're looking for over at Guru3d. They have great forums as well.

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vrmlbasic

I can't say that I still consider it enough as it actually loses to the 7970 Xfire setup in several tests and when it does best that it doesn't do so by what I'd consider to be a truly impressive margin. For a thousand bucks, I expected a "quantum leap", minus Scott Bakula, over its contemporaries. Obviously that didn't happen.

I'm still waiting for the "leap" in GPU development over our current gen: this, and the "Frankensteined" 7990 were only baby steps IMO.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

NVidia has been great at advancing prices, but not technology.

Waiting for the tech to take a grownup step before investing.