When Nvidia launched the GTX 680 back in May it handily cleaned the AMD HD 7970’s clock, but that wasn’t enough for Nvidia (or us, to be honest). So Nvidia did what any rational power-hungry company would do, and married two GK104 GPUs to a single PCB, connected them with a 48-lane PLX PCIe 3.0 bridge chip and dubbed it the GTX 690. It currently reigns as the only current-gen dual-GPU card available since AMD’s dual HD 7970 card never officially materialized. Though we’ve reviewed the GTX 690 before, and also chose it for our lust-inspiring Dream Machine 2012, we had previously sampled the Asus board, so this month we’re checking out the other GeForce GTX 690, from EVGA. The two cards are clocked the same—slightly lower than a stock-clocked GTX 680 on each GPU—but the EVGA card is $50 less expensive.
Note: This review was taken from the January 2013 issue of the magazine.