Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 review
Astonishing levels of power for crazy amounts of cash, this is a card reserved for the privileged few
Review Date: 4 May 2012
Reviewed By: Mike Jennings
Price when reviewed: £700 (£840 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
- GeForce GTX 690
Our 3D gaming benchmarks test gaming performance in Crysis, which remains one of the most challenging games available. Setting is 1,024 x 768 at low detail.
Why oh why do you bother to review such a card.
It's out of reach of mainstream users and it hasn't even got a HDMI port.
By SKINHEAD1967 on 4 May 2012
DVI to HDMI
There should be a DVI to HDMI adapter included for that price...
By Olivier on 4 May 2012
Why review this card?
...Because they've reviewed all the other cards!
I'd LOVE one but I'll wait a year and stay with my two 570s. :(
By rhythm on 4 May 2012
For the exorbitant price tag there should be a standard HDMI port built into the damned thing.
If you start using adapters you start to add signal noise & you get picture degradation, therefore you need to keep linkages as few & as simple as possible.
By SKINHEAD1967 on 4 May 2012
signal noise skinhead?
not really a problem on a purely digital connection. or maybe you buy those really excellent £100 monster hdmi cables?
By sihaz2 on 5 May 2012
The naysayers probably think a 500bhp Ferrari should not be reviwed by car magazines because it's too expensive and has no room for the family dog. Whatever...anyone who was into gaming back when the 3DFX Voodoo 1 was still a pipe dream has to find this a little bit cool.
By SirRoderickSpode on 5 May 2012
There's another place this card makes sense: scientific computing. For anyone who can usefully program it in CUDA or run an app which is so programmed, it's a supercomputer.
By nrarnot2 on 10 May 2012
The benchmark text says 1024x768 low settings. Would anybody pay £840 to do that? For such an expensive card a wider range of benchmarks would surely be appropriate.
By milliganp on 12 May 2012
This is the card I will choose for science (bioinformatics).
Sadly because of 2 facts
A. Already there are many Sequencing alignment software for CUDA and I know very few for OpenCL, Else under openCL 7970 is faster than 690 ! With HALF price
Maybe in the future academics will produce more openCL aligners
B. Even if the openCL was not an issue, I would still go for a card with double processing power.
Of course I do not want to spend 5K $ on a TESLA to have the power of an AMD 7970.....
By tpaparountas on 22 Oct 2012
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