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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW+ ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 690
Cyberpunk 2077 32% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 38% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 40% 7%
Watch Dogs Legion 34% 1%
Godfall 11% 70%
FIFA 21 66% 47%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 40% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4% 47%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2% 50%
Genshin Impact 32% 5%

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

The GTX 970 has a 301 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 18.7 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 301 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 690. This results in the GTX 970 providing 77.6 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.

The GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW+ ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition SLI has 3328 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 690 has 3072. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 6142 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 690 is 3130. The GTX 970 having 3012 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 690.

The GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW+ 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 600 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 Speed1216 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock1367 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

Resolution Performance

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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 Units3328vs3072
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units208vs256
Texture Rate252.9 GTexel/svs234.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units112vs64
Pixel Rate136.2 GPixel/svs58.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs3
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections3vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 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 RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW+ ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW+ ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

It consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GM204-200-A1 which, together, offer 3328 Shader Processing Units, 208 TMUs and 112 ROPs. The Central Unit is Clocked at 1216MHz and goes up to 1367MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Each GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Benchmarks Indicate a 8% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 970 in SLI.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW+ ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gigabyte 6GB Edition SLI.
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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