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.
|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
|Cooler Master TPC 800 with Noiseblocker eLoop B12-PS (PWM)
|Kingston V200+ 480 GB
|Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply, 1200 W, 80 PLUS Platinum
|Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
|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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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.Reply
Maybe i am too much of a retro SF buff :)
What's the most impressive is that the GTX 690 was made by nVidia themselves and not an OEM. Very nice and balanced card.Reply
your test system is sexy!!!!!!!Reply
You can't really go wrong either way with these generally insane(so to speak) cards.Reply
Is it just me or do the 7970X2 and 7990 coolers look so fast and fugly? :heink:Reply
thanks for the in depth analysis with adaptive V-sync and radeon pro helping with micro stutter.Reply
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.
can we get some quadfire benchmarks too? :DReply
AMD's Dual GPU at 500+ Watts of electricity is out for me.. Too Much Power and Noise..Reply
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 waysReply