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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 690
Cyberpunk 2077 8% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 16% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 19% 7%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 19% 7%
FIFA 21 54% 47%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 25% 15%
Genshin Impact 8% 5%
Grand Theft Auto VI 29% 47%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 31% 50%
Watch Dogs Legion 12% 1%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690.

The GTX 980 has a 402 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 690, but the GeForce GTX 690 has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the GeForce GTX 690 exhibits a 65.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 980 has a 402 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 690 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 25.7 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 980 was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 690, and so the GTX 980 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 GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition 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 GeForce GTX 690 has 159.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 690 is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 690 has 3072. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3959 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 690 is 3130. The GTX 980 having 829 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce GTX 690 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 690 requires 300 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the GeForce GTX 690. The GTX 980 requires 75 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 690 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 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 Speed1317 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock1432 MHzvs1019 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Kepler GK104-355-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date31 Mar 2015vs03 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs384GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 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 Units2048vs3072
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs256
Texture Rate168.6 GTexel/svs234.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate84.3 GPixel/svs58.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs3
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs300 Watts
Recommended PSU600 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 RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1317MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1431MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Asus's DirectCU II Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Benchmarks indicate a 14% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
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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