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Benchmark Results: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (DX 11)

GeForce GTX 690 Review: Testing Nvidia's Sexiest Graphics Card

World of Warcraft is so processor-bound that Nvidia’s old GeForce GTX 590 finds itself in the mix at 1920x1080. At that same resolution, as we’ve seen many times before, AMD’s cards simply struggle.

The GeForce GTX 690 and twin 680s in SLI swap places at 2560x1600, though by a negligible margin.

It’s really only at 5760x1080 with 8x AA applied that we see where two GeForce GTX 680s are better than one, and where one GTX 690 is just as fast. Mainstream though this game may be, it looks sharp as heck spanned across three screens in all of its DirectX 11 and 64-bit glory.

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    tracker45 , 3 May 2012 22:09
    poor price/performance ratio though.
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    tracker45 , 3 May 2012 22:17
    the 7950 wins this battle
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    dizzy_davidh , 4 May 2012 13:45
    As I've posted here a lot of times, I don't know how you perform your testing but I always find that most of the scores you report for nVidia models are down on my own stock-system tests by quite a bit (btw, I have access to play with and test most new devices except for the brand-spanking new).

    In the pocket of AMD or just bad testing?!?

    One example is your GTX 590 results in relation to it's capable resolutions versus the AMDs where I find your results fall short some 15-20 fps short!
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    SSri , 4 May 2012 16:41
    I would have loved the usual computing, number crunching and video encoding as a part of the benchmark...
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    Rattengesicht , 6 May 2012 18:37
    I would have loved the usual computing, number crunching and video encoding as a part of the benchmark...

    Waste of time. Nvidia cripples their Geforce cards massively when it comes to GPGPU stuff. Those are straight gaming cards, absolutely useless for everything else.
    Just look at their incredibly horrible performance when it comes to FP64 or even just OpenCL stuff.
    Makes me sad having to switch to AMD just because I can't afford spending a few thousand dollars on a quadro for semi-pro things.
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    damian86 , 9 May 2012 08:06
    I don't really see the point in having a third DVI port instead of a HDMI?
    plus how about having SLI through a HDMI interface instead? would this make a difference?
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    asal1980 , 16 May 2012 15:37
    Lamborghini’s Reventón. They’re all million-dollar-plus automobiles that most of us love to read about, probably won’t see on the road, and almost certainly will never own.
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    s1ddy , 25 August 2012 00:43
    Running 2 690's in SLI and am VERY happy with them all my games run smoothly at 130-150Fps all settings maxed out, only thing is setting up Surround.., it's a pain to find the ports that need to be used for a TriMon setup :p .. The hot air blowing into my case was simply fixed by proper airflow (turning the front fan from suck to blow fixed it, using a NXZT Phantom so the 1 big and 2 small sidefans compensate perfectly). Maybe if ATI answers nVidia in a good way i'll switch to ATI but for now i'm sticking to nVidia's Keplers ;)