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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 EVGA SSC ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 690
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 37% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 39% 7%
FIFA 21 65% 47%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 39% 7%
Watch Dogs Legion 34% 1%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1% 50%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 35% 1%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3% 47%
Genshin Impact 31% 5%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 EVGA SSC ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690.

The GTX 970 has a 275 MHz higher core clock speed but 48 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 690. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 970 manages to provide 13.3 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 GTX 970 has a 275 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 690. This results in the GTX 970 providing 74.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 970 was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 690, and so the GTX 970 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GTX 690.

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 GTX 970 has 4096 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 690, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 970 has 64.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 690, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is much better than the GeForce GTX 690.

Both the GeForce GTX 970 EVGA SSC ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI and the GeForce GTX 690 have 3072 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 970 is 5566 and by the GeForce GTX 690 is 3130. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 970 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce GTX 970 EVGA SSC ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI requires 300 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 690 requires 300 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the GeForce GTX 690. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1190 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock1342 MHzvs1019 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1 (x2)Kepler GK104-355-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs03 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs384GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3072vs3072
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units208vs256
Texture Rate247.5 GTexel/svs234.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units112vs64
Pixel Rate133.3 GPixel/svs58.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs3
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Wattsvs300 Watts
Recommended PSU650 Watts & 42 Ampsvs650 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1440

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe SLI setup of GeForce GTX 970 EVGA SSC ACX 2.0 4GB Edition.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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