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

Noise Comparison Videos: Game Loop

Almost Real Life: Gaming on a Loop

Gaming is, by far, the most interesting usage case, since that's the most common source of graphics load most of these boards will endure. Somewhat surprisingly, all three cards behave well, even in light of the massive power consumption and heat dissipation of two Tahiti GPUs working in tandem.

EVGA's GeForce GTX 690 is still the quietest of the three contenders. Its GPUs are permitted to run warmer in the interest of minimizing fan noise, but the temperatures we measured are reasonable.

It probably would have been possible to custom-tune each Tahiti-based board to perform similarly. But, at default settings, Nvidia achieves quieter operation, while the AMD cards run cooler.

  • mayankleoboy1
    IMHO, the GTX690 looks best. There is something really alluring about shiny white metallic shine and the fine metal mesh. Along with the fluorescent green branding.
    Maybe i am too much of a retro SF buff :)
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  • Ironslice
    What's the most impressive is that the GTX 690 was made by nVidia themselves and not an OEM. Very nice and balanced card.
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  • tacoslave
    i wept
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  • hellfire24
    your test system is sexy!!!!!!!
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  • willyroc
    You can't really go wrong either way with these generally insane(so to speak) cards.
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  • amuffin
    Is it just me or do the 7970X2 and 7990 coolers look so fast and fugly? :heink:
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  • thanks for the in depth analysis with adaptive V-sync and radeon pro helping with micro stutter.

    not to take away anything for the hard work performed; i would have liked have seen nvidia's latest beta driver, 310.33, included also to see if nvidia is doing anything to improve the performance of their card instead of just adding 3d vision, AO, and sli profiles.
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  • esrever
    can we get some quadfire benchmarks too? :D
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  • RazorBurn
    AMD's Dual GPU at 500+ Watts of electricity is out for me.. Too Much Power and Noise..
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  • mohit9206
    2 670's in sli is better than spending on a 690 and 2 7950's in Xfire is better than spending on a 7990. this way you save nearly $300 both ways
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