GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7990 vs 690


Real world tests using the latest 3D games

crysis: warhead (2013) and Far Cry 3


Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

3DMark Vantage Texture Fill, 3DMark 11 Graphics, 3DMark Vantage Graphics and 1 more

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2013) and CLBenchmark Raytrace

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load

TDP, Idle Noise Level, Load Noise Level, Idle Power Consumption and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7990

Reasons to consider the
Generic Radeon HD 7990

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Significantly higher memory bandwidth 576 GB/s vs 384.6 GB/s Around 50% higher memory bandwidth
More memory 6,144 MB vs 4,096 MB 50% more memory
Better floating-point performance 7,782 GFLOPS vs 5,622 GFLOPS Around 40% better floating-point performance
Better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 206.7 vs 183.4 Around 15% better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Slightly higher clock speed 950 MHz vs 915 MHz Around 5% higher clock speed
More shading units 4,096 vs 3,072 1024 more shading units
Significantly better CLBenchmark raytrace score 289,547 vs 151,263 More than 90% better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Significantly wider memory bus 768 bit vs 512 bit 50% wider memory bus
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 100.8 fps vs 87 fps More than 15% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 690

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 690

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Significantly more energy-efficient load power consumption 472W vs 573W Around 20% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Significantly quieter idle noise level 40 dB vs 43 dB More than 5% quieter idle noise level
Quieter load noise level 54.5 dB vs 60 dB Around 10% quieter load noise level
Higher far cry 3 framerate 83.1 fps vs 69.4 fps Around 20% higher far cry 3 framerate
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 160.8 fps vs 125.9 fps Around 30% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Lower TDP 300W vs 375W 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7990 vs GeForce GTX 690

3DMark Vantage (Texture Fill) Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX performance

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

Radeon HD 7990 GeForce GTX 690 @

Crysis: Warhead (2013) 1920x1080 - Enthusiast Quality + 4xAA

Radeon HD 7990
100.8 fps

Far Cry 3 1920 x 1080 - Ultra Quality + 4x MSAA + Enh. AtoC

Radeon HD 7990
69.4 fps
GeForce GTX 690
83.1 fps

Civilization 5 Texture Decomp (2013) Using the newest graphics cards Civ V can speed screen transitions by reducing texture sizes

CLBenchmark Raytrace Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do raytracing

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7990  vs GeForce GTX 690 

Each GPU further has a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, with which it talks to 2 GB of memory.
GeForce GTX 690


Showing 16 comments.
oh really?? f*ck off nvidia fanboys
Not really.
1,000 $ ??? go to hell nvidia with your 320.18
I need 2 7990s. One for my computer and the other one for decoration, its so damn sexy!
Because drivers of nvidia are worse and the reason why my gtx 760 will be replaced in a couple of months?
Why don't they take into consideration that AMD has glitchy drivers, and the quality of the drivers of each card?
I calculated the amount of money you would have to pay more for a period of 10 years of use, 10 hours a day ( the annual home electricity ) for the use of the 7990. You would have to pay 451$ US over that 10 years of period MORE than the Nvidia 690. there is a difference of 101 Watts between the two. and 101 Watts = 45$/year ( 10 hours a day ). Ive also calculated this for the Intel VS AMD processors, and I have more MHZ total over that same 10 years period, for the total price including electricity, With the INTEL processor over the AMD one, but by very very close! Which at the end, It's more of a question of choice when AMD consumes more but cost less when Buying. Things are great, I wanted NVidia Anyway!
ive been looking for 7990 vs 690 for quite a while now and it broke my brain. the 7990 is more powerful - the gtx is more beautiful - both have an exellent build quality and longetivity - drivers are fine - more sophisticated physX for nvidia - If they consider energy cost at gpuboss in their final note between the 2, because It plays a big role here. I believe Its taken in consideration. Other sites cited some image quality and Vsync to be better with Nvidia. I'll probably pick up a 7990, but Ive never tryed a Nvidia of my life, which could be a good opportunity.
no Only 2 ways
it's possible?690 4ways sli or7990 4ways crossfire?
Yea but GTX 690 is alot stable, and will last much longer!
7990, radeons are ALWAYS mroe powerfull
7990 is the obvios chouch because its $300 less even though better performance (and looks cooler)
7990 beats 690 without overclocking really...
7990 has a really good potential of Overclocking, if you will overclock it, it will pretty much beat the GTX 690
7990 for mining 690 for gaming?
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