|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 03 May 2012|
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Dual-Kepler GPU Video Card Performance
Benchmark Reviews tests performance for the world's most powerful graphics solution
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by NVIDIA.
NOTE: Benchmark Reviews has published our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Features Overview in a separate article.
Back on 22 March 2012, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 video card made headlines and became the best-performing single-GPU graphics card on the market. Only six weeks later NVIDIA engineers have successfully combined two 28nm GK104 GPUs together to create their new GeForce GTX 690. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests game performance with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690, a double-slot graphics card equipped with a pair of Kepler GPUs. Featuring NVIDIA's cutting-edge GPU Boost technology, the GeForce GTX 690 video card can dynamically adjust power and clock speeds based on real-time application demands. Using EVGA Precision-X, the GeForce GTX 690 has both GPUs overclocked beyond 1200 GHz to produce ultimate graphical performance in PC video games.
NVIDIA targets top-end enthusiasts with their ultra-premium GeForce GTX 690 discrete graphics card, which includes only the most affluent PC gamers. In order to best illustrate the GTX 690s dual-GPU performance, we use the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark applications available. Video frame rate performance is tested against a large collection of competing desktop graphics products, such as the AMD Radeon HD 7970 (Tahiti). Crysis Warhead compares DirectX 10 performance levels, joined by newer DirectX 11 benchmarks such as: 3DMark11, Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, and Unigine Heaven 3.
VGA Testing Methodology
The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista O/S, so our test results apply to both versions of the Operating System. The majority of benchmark tests used in this article are comparative to DX11 performance, however some high-demand DX10 tests have also been included.
In each benchmark test there is one 'cache run' that is conducted, followed by five recorded test runs. Results are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts on the following pages.
A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.
Intel X79 Express Test System
DirectX-10 Benchmark Applications
DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications
PCI-Express Graphics Cards