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Benchmark System

Radeon HD 7990 And GeForce GTX 690: Bring Out The Big Guns

We first benchmarked all the graphics cards in our VGA 2012 benchmark system. After that, we took a look at installation and operation in a closed case.

Benchmark System
Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 4C/8T, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache, Hyper-Threading Enabled, Overclocked to 4.5 GHz
Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3, Intel Z68 Express, BIOS F10
4 x 4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master TPC 800 with Noiseblocker eLoop B12-PS (PWM)
Kingston V200+ 480 GB
Power Supply
Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply, 1200 W, 80 PLUS Platinum
Operating System
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Driver Catalyst 12.11 (Beta) and Catalyst 12.9        
GeForce 306.97 WHQL
22 °C (held constant)
Closed Benchmark Case
NZXT Phantom 820

We're particularly interested to compare the performance of AMD's Catalyst 12.9 driver package to the more recently-released 12.11 beta driver, which the company claims should be much faster in a number of games.

Unlike many of the graphics card reviews you read, we're conducting our testing today in a closed chassis. After all, it can't be that easy to dissipate more than 500 W worth of heat, and we want to know what effect that has on real-world thermals and acoustics.

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