GeForce GTX 690 

Released May, 2012
  • 915 MHz
  • 4 GB GDDR5
7.1 Out of 10

But with its screaming performance, the noise levels are an acceptable tradeoff and GTX 690 is still much quieter than any competing multi-GPU setup that can provide similar FPS numbers.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2012)
But with performance taken into account, the card delivers excellent performance per Watt.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2012)

GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 690 among Desktop GPUs


GeForce GTX 690
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


GeForce GTX 690
T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


GeForce GTX 690
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

GeForce GTX 690
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


GeForce GTX 690
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

GeForce GTX 690
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


Overall Score

GeForce GTX 690

Benchmarks Real world tests of the GeForce GTX 690

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 690
97.86 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
488.73 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 780
145.08 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 690
46.92 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
148.87 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 780
66.43 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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GeForce GTX 970

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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GeForce GTX 970

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Battlefield 4

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Crysis 3

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Reviews Word on the street for the GeForce GTX 690

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

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


From a gaming performance perspective we haven’t seen a dual-GPU card reach the performance of a pair of high-end cards in SLI/CF since the Radeon HD 4870X2 in 2008, so it’s quite refreshing to see someone get so close again 4 years later.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)
As a $999 card it doesn’t double the performance of the $499 GTX 680, but SLI has never offered quite that much of a performance boost.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)
The GTX 690 doesn’t quite reach the performance of the GTX 680 SLI, but it’s very, very close.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)

Multi card

When SLI works the GTX 690 is the fastest card out there, and when SLI doesn’t work the GTX 690 is still the fastest card out there.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)
NVIDIA told us that they could break this tradition and put two full GTX 680s on a single card, and that they could do that while making it quieter and less power consuming than a dual video card SLI setup.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)
I don’t believe there’s any argument to be had with respect to whether the GTX 690 is worth getting over the GTX 680 SLI, as we’ve clearly answered that above.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)


We also found that additional manual overclocking is possible, which provided an extra 14% performance boost in real gaming.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2012)
For the first time in a long time using a dual-GPU card doesn’t mean sacrificing single-GPU performance, and that’s a game changer.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)
For most situations the GTX 690 is going to be the way to go thanks to its lower power consumption and lower noise levels, but for cases that need fully exhausting video cards the GTX 680 SLI can offer the same gaming performance at the same price.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)


Power consumption during gaming is simply outstanding.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2012)
When compared to the dual card GTX 680 SLI setup we see significantly reduced power consumption, which is a key factor in engineering a successful dual GPU card as the limiting factors in this scenario are power draw and heat density.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2012)
More often than not they have to sacrifice a significant amount of single-GPU performance in order to put two GPUs on a single card, and in the rare occasions where that tradeoff doesn’t happen there’s some other tradeoff such as a loud cooler or immense power consumption.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)


Unfortunately we’re going to have to put AMD out of the running here; as we’ve seen in games like Crysis and Metro the 7970 in Crossfire has a great deal of potential, but as it stands Crossfire is simply too broken overall to recommend.
by Ryan-Smith (May, 2012)
I seriously doubt that they can match the whole package that NVIDIA offers with the GeForce GTX 690, so the only hope is that the HD 7990 will bring some price competition to the ultra-high end gaming segment.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand Nvidia
GPU name GK104
Market Desktop
Clock speed 915 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,019 MHz
Is dual GPU Yes
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 3,072
Texture mapping units 256
Render output processors 64
SMX units 16
Pixel rate 58.56 GPixel/s
Texture rate 234.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 5,621.8 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,502 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz
Memory bus 512 bit
Memory 4,096 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 384.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 300W
Idle noise level 40 dB
Load noise level 54.5 dB
Idle power consumption 132W
Load power consumption 472W
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single is better than a gtx 1060, ( GAMES ) so a sli of this in 2017 is woth it? ( each for 250)( Liquidation )( UNUSED) ( THEY ARE DUMBS)
that comment was 3 years ago. Check the date before calling him names.
Yes you do if you are playing at 4K or higher noob.
oha lan
its 4 gb
8 GB memory? Lame, you don't even need 6 GB at the moment.
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