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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II Edition GeForce GTX 690
Cyberpunk 2077 64% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 50% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 45% 7%
FIFA 21 17% 47%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 45% 7%
Watch Dogs Legion 58% 1%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 135% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 130% 47%
Genshin Impact 64% 5%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 55% 1%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II Edition.

The HD 7970 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 690, but the GeForce GTX 690 has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7970. As a result, the GeForce GTX 690 exhibits a 115.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 7970. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7970 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 690, but the GeForce GTX 690 has 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 7970. As a result, the GeForce GTX 690 exhibits a 29 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7970. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 690 was released less than a year after the HD 7970, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 690 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 7970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 690 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 690 has 120 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7970, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 690 is massively better than the HD 7970.

The Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 690 has 3072. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7970 is 1610 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 690 is 3130. The GeForce GTX 690 having 1520 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 690 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7970.

The GeForce GTX 690 requires 300 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7970. We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the GeForce GTX 690, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the HD 7970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed925 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1019 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti XTKepler GK104-355-A2
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Feb 2012vs03 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1375 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth264GB/secvs384GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs3072
Actual Shader Performance77%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs256
Texture Rate118.4 GTexel/svs234.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs58.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs3
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-300 Watts
Recommended PSU-650 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7970 DirectCU II Edition is a special edition of the Radeon HD 7970 release by AMD. See its page for more information.
The only new feature is a new cooling system, called DirectCU II that is 20% cooler and 14dB quieter with exclusive DirectCU II thermal solution, according to Asus.
Therefore, the performance is on level with the reference card. Consumers will want to get the TOP version for superior performance.
All games, including very demanding ones, should be fully playable at max settings and with very attractive resolutions.
GeForce GTX 690 is a dual-GPU graphics card solution of two GeForce GTX 680 (not SLI) and part of the 600 Series released by NVIDIA in 2012.
As usual and a hindrance of dual-GPU graphics cards, the clock frequencies had to be reduced. However, NVIDIA managed to almost double-cross this problem by developing Turbo Boost technology that sets the GPU's core clock from 915 to 1019MHz. The other specs, such as the number of cores, memory speed, and memory bandwidth per GPU are the same on both cards.
The Performance is mind-blowing and indicated for gamers that use demanding technologies, such as Tesselation, paired with extreme resolutions and on games already Very Demanding from the start, such as Metro 2033 and The Witcher 2. GeForce GTX 690 is less expensive and energy consuming than GTX 680 put in Dual SLI.
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