EVGA GTX690 Review including Quad SLI

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EVGA GTX690 Review including SLI


We had a bit of a sweepstake in the OC3D offices regarding the GTX690. Experience testing all the previous twin-GPU cards had taught us that you're better off for pure performance having two single GPU cards in SLI than you are having a multi-GPU graphics card. It's just too difficult to squeeze the same performance out from a single PCB. But such were the gains that nVidia produced from the GTX680 we were cautiously optimistic that the GTX690 would buck the trend.

It hasn't, but it's as close as we've seen so far.

The first thing that strikes you about the EVGA GTX690 is the looks. We've seen many coolers but we have to say that this is one of the prettiest cards we've set our eyes upon. Everything is so nicely balanced with the central fan and symmetrical fins either side that you can see through the clear panels. It has even been made to look like the whole cooler shroud is made from metal and bolted together with allen bolts! It's a real treat. The cooler also works very well. When you consider that there are two full-power GK104 GPUs beating at the heart of it, it's only a couple of degrees hotter than the reference GTX680.

The performance is very good. What else did you expect from a £800 card? Throughout our testing it was extremely close to the GTX680 SLI and HD7970 Crossfire setups we've previously tested. Generally speaking it doesn't quite match up to having two single cards, either in raw performance terms or looks. Who doesn't like seeing two GPUs beating in the heart of their system. However, it is close enough in performance that the two side benefits you obtain from only having a single card, less power draw and less noise, might just tip the balance in the favour of the GTX690.

The GTX690SLI arrangement is everything you'd expect. It either works so well that you're left with your jaw hanging at the extraordinary frame-rates and 3D Mark scores possible, or it barely makes a difference over even a single-card. But we're not here to pass judgement upon that. If you've got £1600 to drop on a couple of GPUs it's very unlikely you care about the performance in gaming more than you care about world record 3D Mark scores and the size of your forum signature.

So all in all the EVGA GTX690 is everything you would expect it to be. Brutally large price, equally huge performance, and therefore a winner of our Overclock3D Performance award.


Thanks to EVGA for supplying the GTX690 for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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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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