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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire GeForce GTX 690
Cyberpunk 2077 66% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 52% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 47% 7%
FIFA 21 16% 47%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 47% 7%
Watch Dogs Legion 60% 1%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 138% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 134% 47%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 57% 1%
Genshin Impact 66% 5%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire.

The GeForce GTX 690 has a 190 MHz higher core clock speed but 64 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5970. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GTX 690 manages to provide 2.2 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 690 has a 190 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5970, but the HD 5970 has 64 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 690. As a result, the HD 5970 exhibits a 34.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 690. 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 over a year more recently than the HD 5970, and so the GeForce GTX 690 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 5970.

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 Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire and the GeForce GTX 690 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 5970 has 128 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 690, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5970 is massively better than the GeForce GTX 690.

The Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire has 6400 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 690 has 3072. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5970 is 3016 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 690 is 3130. The GeForce GTX 690 having 114 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 5970 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 690 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5970. This means that the GeForce GTX 690 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5970.

The Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire requires 588 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 690 requires 300 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 850 Watts for the HD 5970 and a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the GeForce GTX 690. The HD 5970 requires 288 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 690 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 690.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed725 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1019 MHz
ArchitectureHemlock XT Kepler GK104-355-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Good
Release Date01 Nov 2009vs03 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth512GB/secvs384GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6400vs3072
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units320vs256
Texture Rate232 GTexel/svs234.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs64
Pixel Rate92.8 GPixel/svs58.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs3
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power588 Wattsvs300 Watts
Recommended PSU850 Watts & 71 Ampsvs650 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL3.2vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-975 Quad 3.33GHz ExtremevsIntel 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 5970 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon HD 5970 put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon HD 5970 to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is only up to 12% better than a single Radeon HD 5970 performing by itself but it might be worse (depending on whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) than a single Radeon HD 5970. Expect this combination to draw up to 588 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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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