GeForce GTX 690 Review: Testing Nvidia's Sexiest Graphics Card

Power Consumption

That the latest-generation cards are at the top of this chart speaks volumes about the technologies used by both AMD and Nvidia to reduce the power use of even their highest-end hardware.

Although Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 690 doesn’t fare particularly well overall, it is the second-most power-friendly solution amongst the dual-GPU configurations, just behind two GeForce GTX 680s in SLI.

AMD really struts its stuff when your displays go to sleep. Its ZeroCore technology allows two Radeon HD 7970s to use as much power as one GeForce GTX 680 at idle. And whereas the dual-GPU AMD setup sheds 20 W right off the bat, GeForce GTX 690 is only able to drop 3 W in the same situation.

Each GeForce GTX 680 is rated with a 195 W maximum board power. Each Radeon HD 7970 is rated for 250 W. The GeForce GTX 690’s board power is set at 300 W.

It makes sense, then, that it’d use less power under load compared to twin GeForce GTX 680s. Two Radeons in CrossFire are noticeably more egregious power consumers. Even the GeForce GTX 590 averages higher use than the new GeForce GTX 690.

Truly, this is where the Kepler architecture’s emphasis on performance/watt shines. It would have been nice to see Nvidia spend more time cutting power at idle, like AMD, given the majority of time we spend not gaming. However, the savings under load are certainly impressive.

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  • It CAN play Crysis.
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  • Ah, the Bugatti Veyron of video cards... I'll take three, thanks!!!
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  • Again the used out dated drivers for the AMD Graphics card!!!! UPDATE TO 12.4 TOM'S!
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  • I wonder, given the price of the 690, just how limited the quanitities will be. Which brings up another question, one that Nvidia (and AMD as well) would probably be reluctant to answer: are they making and shipping fewer of the top-shelf Halo cards today than they did 5 or six years ago?
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  • Looks very nice. Pity I'll never own one.
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  • im waiting for the 680 3gb sli
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  • Ah, the Bugatti Veyron of video cards... I'll take three, thanks!!!
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  • It CAN play Crysis.
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  • ....... Lamborghini’s Reventón ...... +infinity for mentioning that work of art T_T didn't even read the article until after I got my fix for the Lamborghini’s Reventón on the net haha. That car may be the only proof left to us of the old gods, in particular Mercury (god of transport) lol
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  • 680s are already nearly nonexistent, so I expect these 690s to be just as mythical and hard-to-find as the Radeon 6990.
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  • LaHawzel680s are already nearly nonexistent, so I expect these 690s to be just as mythical and hard-to-find as the Radeon 6990.


    6990 aren't that hard to find. Back in January before the 7000 series came out, you could easily pick one or two up. I am pretty sure in 6 month, the 690 will be easy to grab.
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  • That pair of 690s with the matching bridge looks so sweet, I want 2!

    ;)
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  • I wonder if someone will come out with a version that has a stock water-cooler built in? Then it really would the card to get ^^
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  • That would have to be the sexiest looking graphics card
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  • Imagine what this card could have been if they'd of used a 384bit bus per gpu...


    Also the design of this reminds me of my old leadtek 5900

    http://www.ixbt.com/video2/images/gffx-27/leadtek-5900lx-front.jpg
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  • WTF!?!

    GTX 590 launch...

    GTX 580 launch price: $500
    GTX 590 launch price: $700
    Difference: 140%

    Now today GTX 690 launch...

    GTX 680 launch price: $500
    GTX 690 launch price: $1000
    Difference: 200%

    So, is it just me or is nVidia really gouging on the price here?
    Why the hell else would they be charging an additional 43% more than their last dual GPU launch while using less silicon?

    Come on AMD, we really need some more competition here.
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  • Again the used out dated drivers for the AMD Graphics card!!!! UPDATE TO 12.4 TOM'S!
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  • Very nice card ...is there an mmog game that will use that much power ?? LOL ...
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  • Yeah..why were the 7 series using 12.4 drivers when the 6 series is using 12.2? In 12.4 they said UP TO 80% increase using MSAA. Which shows in these MSAA enabled charts the difference between them!
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  • outlw6669WTF!?!GTX 590 launch...GTX 580 launch price: $500GTX 590 launch price: $700Difference: 140%Now today GTX 690 launch...GTX 680 launch price: $500GTX 690 launch price: $1000Difference: 200%So, is it just me or is nVidia really gouging on the price here?Why the hell else would they be charging an additional 43% more than their last dual GPU launch while using less silicon?Come on AMD, we really need some more competition here.


    The only use case for that much graphics hardware is excessively high multi monitor resolutions like 6k x 2k in 3d. AMD doesn't need to invest in new PCB designs to make a dual cpu GCN chip yet because the demand is so low.
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  • you'll have a better chance finding a 4 leaf clover in you back yard, then finding a 690 at a store!!!
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  • Too sexy for my wallet
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  • is it bad if i desperately want one?:(
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