EVGA GTX690 Review including Quad SLI

Introduction and Technical Specifications

EVGA GTX690 Review including SLI  


Putting two GPUs onto a single card started off as being a bit of a strange idea. After all, the performance of these cards such as the HD3870X2 or GTX295 could never get close to that of two single cards.

However as is always the case with technology, the R&D guys eventually worked out how to get very close indeed. The last generation, the HD6990 or GTX590, were both incredible performers, capable of chewing up nearly every game on the market and spitting out some incredible frame-rates.

Since the release of the GTX680 and the huge benchmark scores that it produced, we were eagerly anticipating getting our hands on the dual-GPU version of the latest nVidia core, and today we finally get a chance to discover if this gets even closer to bridging the gap between a single card with two GPUs, or two cards in SLI.

So pull up a chair, strap yourself in tightly, and let's see what the GTX690 and SLI'd GTX690's have to offer.

Technical Specifications

As you can see, the EVGA GTX690 has got some huge numbers attached to it. 3072 cores means we have two full-fat GTX680 cores on board, and the clock speeds haven't been heavily reduced either. This should lead to some very tasty scores indeed.

Core Specs

  • 3072 CUDA Cores
  • Base Clock: 915 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1019 MHz
  • Bus: PCI-E 3.0
  • Quad SLI Ready

Memory Specs

  • Memory Detail: 4096 MB GDDR5
  • Memory Bit Width: 512 Bit
  • Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
  • Memory Speed: 0.33 ns
  • Memory Bandwidth: 384.52 GB/s

Key Features

  • NVIDIA SMX Engine
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost
  • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • NVIDIA Surround
  • Supports four concurrent displays; three dual-link DVI connectors, one Mini Displayport 1.2
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 with Direct Compute 5.0 support
  • NVIDIA PhysX Technology
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready
  • Quad NVIDIA SLI Ready
  • NVIDIA CUDA Technology
  • PCI Express 3.0 Support
  • OpenGL 4.2 Support
  • OpenCL Support


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Most Recent Comments

11-08-2012, 13:16:07

thanks Tom, great insight on what is available and what possibilities these can provide.
the "overkill" was absolute nuts.. noted that the SLI config, the CPU scoring was elevated
from the single card tested. are you still attributing this to the simulation software?
don't think i'll be easing one , or like two into my system, but it was great to see them in
action. give that author a pat on the back!
one last was is there some validation that on these dual GPU card in SLI that the monitoring is
actual both cards, not just one card with two GPU? you had noted on the afterburner showing
dual fans on a single fan card.. just an observation...


11-08-2012, 13:16:38

How can it be described? Awesome among awesome configs? :P
Nice review btw.Quote

11-08-2012, 22:17:35

Those cards look amazing with the Dominators.Quote

15-08-2012, 23:24:15

Originally Posted by airdeano View Post
one last was is there some validation that on these dual GPU card in SLI that the monitoring is
actual both cards, not just one card with two GPU? you had noted on the afterburner showing
yeah i have Quad sli 690's and you only showed the GPU1 and GPU2 not GPU3/GPU4 although unless only 2 gpu is manually selected then it should auto be on 4 cards anyways

iv always had the dual cards

i got a 590 for sale now
and a 295 also for sale
and i even got 2x 7950 GX2's sat tin the draw somewhere lolzQuote

17-08-2012, 11:26:53

A single GTX 690, with a BENQ XL2420T monitor.
3D-Vision ready and 120hz. Should be awesome Quote

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