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

Benchmark Results: Sandra 2012 And LuxMark 2.0

Not surprisingly, GeForce GTX 690 demonstrates respectable FP32 performance. However, its FP64 throughput, artificially capped, is far behind the capabilities of even one Radeon HD 7970.

Unfortunately, Nvidia’s 301.33 driver appears to break support for the OpenCL General Purpose Bandwidth and Cryptography tests, which previously worked just fine. I think it’s pretty clear, though, that the company intends these as gaming cards and hopes to separate out its compute-oriented products.

That’s good news for AMD, since its GCN-based Radeon HD 7000-series boards seem well-suited to both 3D and compute applications.

As a case in point, LuxMark 2.0 shows the Nvidia cards all underperforming current- and last-gen AMD boards, with the Radeon HD 7970 in CrossFire throwing down huge sample/sec results.

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  • tracker45
    poor price/performance ratio though.
  • tracker45
    the 7950 wins this battle
  • dizzy_davidh
    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!
  • SSri
    I would have loved the usual computing, number crunching and video encoding as a part of the benchmark...
  • Rattengesicht
    Anonymous said:
    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.
  • damian86
    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?
  • asal1980
    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.
  • s1ddy
    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 ;)