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Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 4GB Review

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GeorgeStorm 13th June 2012, 07:48 Quote
First graph of Skyrim you've highlighted the 670 rather than 690, and not highlighted the 690 on the 2nd heat graph :)

Regardless, looks like a monster of a card, sure the price is obscene, but so is the performance!
Dave Lister 13th June 2012, 08:51 Quote
Given that it is so much overkill for any game and the fact microsoft will probably introduce direct x 12 with windows 8. This just seems a complete waste of money only existing so nvidia can brag about having the fastest cards and so a few (very few) people have a willy waving GPU.
Don't misunderstand me. I do like a fast system. But surely putting in a fast GPU is also done for a bit of future proofing and if DX11 is about to become obsolete then the card seems more like a gimmick.
johnnyboy700 13th June 2012, 08:54 Quote
I wonder how many of these cards they reckon will sell?

If I had £880 spare I doubt I'd spend it on a graphics card, probably because I've never been a fan of dual GPU cards or SLI/Crossfire due to driver problems. Perhaps the issues have been exaggerated but I'd hate to lash out that kind of cash and find I can only get the benifits from a limited number of games.

Still amazing numbers, both performance wise and cost.
m0ngy 13th June 2012, 09:02 Quote
I'm amazed Bit-tech even bothers to do a review of a product released more than a month ago. Alternatively, why is your review a month late?

Also, why does my browser get spammed with endless pop-ups and super annoying full-screen questionnaires whenever I visit your website? It's like trying to navigate though malware, no other tech site I've seen subjects their users to anything remotely like the vulgar and intrusive advertising techniques deployed here at bit-tech. With any credibility the site once had a quickly fading memory, I wonder what's next, before your publisher finally pulls the plug.
[USRF]Obiwan 13th June 2012, 09:06 Quote
@Dave Lister: I do not think DX12 will be included in Windows 8, in fact they will include DX11. And if you Google you can't find anything about dx12 (Except on some fake download sites). Seems to me DX12 is not even developed otherwise Microsoft would probably already bragged about it.
sakzzz 13th June 2012, 09:07 Quote
880£ ! I got my complete system for like 800£....
Is it worth benchmarking such a card at 1920x1080? I doubt someone buying this card would be gaming at those resolutions..
sakzzz 13th June 2012, 09:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by m0ngy
I'm amazed Bit-tech even bothers to do a review of a product released more than a month ago. Alternatively, why is your review a month late?

Also, why does my browser get spammed with endless pop-ups and super annoying full-screen questionnaires whenever I visit your website? It's like trying to navigate though malware, no other tech site I've seen subjects their users to anything remotely like the vulgar and intrusive advertising techniques deployed here at bit-tech. With any credibility the site once had a quickly fading memory, I wonder what's next, before your publisher finally pulls the plug.

Check ur system before ranting about Bit-tech...There are no pop ups /spam on my end
CrazyJoe 13th June 2012, 09:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by sakzzz
Check ur system before ranting about Bit-tech...There are no pop ups /spam on my end

Maybe you've got an ad blocker then.
Shirty 13th June 2012, 09:29 Quote
The two things that amaze me most of all are:

1) Some people will actually buy this card, and;
2) In a few years time these will be £100 on eBay.

KiNETiK 13th June 2012, 09:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by shirty


In a few years time these will be £100 on eBay.

Welcome to the world of technology :)
Shirty 13th June 2012, 09:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by KiNETiK
Welcome to the world of technology :)

Where only Apple products hold their value, because people are too stupid to realise that outdated tech wrapped in shiny plastic is still outdated tech.

:(
Sheiken 13th June 2012, 10:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by shirty
Quote:
Originally Posted by KiNETiK
Welcome to the world of technology :)

Where only Apple products hold their value, because people are too stupid to realise that outdated tech wrapped in shiny plastic is still outdated tech.

:(

Yes because if there is something Apple is known for, then its shiny plastic.....
The_Crapman 13th June 2012, 10:30 Quote
I would have liked to have seen comparisons against stock 680's in SLI (which can be had for £60 less) and 4GB 680's in SLI. Also why no overclocking? I know every card is different, but you could at least see what is possible.
Shirty 13th June 2012, 10:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sheiken
Yes because if there is something Apple is known for, then its shiny plastic.....

And nice screens, I'll give 'em that :p

Actually, to be fair to Apple whilst I am not part of their demographic I respect their style and products and I can see why people are happy to part with their cash. I'm just all about bigger and better.

Sorry for the derail, back to the 690... it's a massively desirable product, but no more so than a couple of 680 4GB cards.
The_Crapman 13th June 2012, 10:32 Quote
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Yes because if there is something Apple is known for, then its shiny plastic.....
I HATE the current obsession with everything being plastered in shiney plastic. especially piano 'fingerprint' black.
Shirty 13th June 2012, 10:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Crapman
I HATE the current obsession with everything being plastered in shiney plastic. especially piano 'fingerprint' black.

We're looking specifically at you, Razer Black Widow.
veato 13th June 2012, 11:07 Quote
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Nvidia claimed the GTX 690 would deliver the performance of two GTX 680s and, for once, a manufacturer's boasts weren't entirely made of hot air.

Did I miss the bit in the benchmarks where it was tested alongside SLI 680's?
ChaosDefinesOrder 13th June 2012, 11:20 Quote
What I would be interested to know is what the thermals are like in a case with fans blowing at the internal end of the card - etc the Silverstone Fortress, Raven etc - i.e. fans blowing directly against one of the exhausts.
Hustler 13th June 2012, 11:30 Quote
So, just how does $1100 translate into £900.

I'd like to know what exchange rate they're using, because it's not one based on this planet.

UK consumers expected to pay more than a 30% pure profit markup.

Bunch of rip off W@#@*%S.
Jasio 13th June 2012, 11:34 Quote
No SLi comparison of two GTX 680 2GB's just to see how efficient the on-board SLi link is- or if there are any differences in it's implementation re: drivers, etc?
rollo 13th June 2012, 11:37 Quote
This review was in the mag hence the delay id imagine

It got slaughtered in the mag for its price

They actually did have the sli results so you could compare. If your looking at sli 680 it's about 5% slower while been a touch cheaper using less power and producing less heat

I'd prob be willing to sacrifice 5% for the above benefits personally
Baz 13th June 2012, 11:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jasio
No SLi comparison of two GTX 680 2GB's just to see how efficient the on-board SLi link is- or if there are any differences in it's implementation re: drivers, etc?

Our current test rig, upon which we've tested for the last 18 months, doesn't support SLI, so no 680 SLI numbers just yet. We'll be rebuilding the GFX rigs this summer, along with fully updating the games and resolutions at which we test. Discussion thread regarding this soon.
The_Crapman 13th June 2012, 12:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
So, just how does $1100 translate into £900.

I'd like to know what exchange rate they're using, because it's not one based on this planet.

UK consumers expected to pay more than a 30% pure profit markup.

Bunch of rip off W@#@*%S.
VAT. Vastly Amplified Tax.
Guinevere 13th June 2012, 12:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by m0ngy
Also, why does my browser get spammed with endless pop-ups and super annoying full-screen questionnaires whenever I visit your website?

Because you're machine has caught a nasty dose of malware or "super smiley search helper super duper plugin disease".

BT has the very very occasional annoying advert which the team jump on as soon as it's spotted but nothing like the dross you're talking about.
mclean007 13th June 2012, 13:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
So, just how does $1100 translate into £900.

I'd like to know what exchange rate they're using, because it's not one based on this planet.

UK consumers expected to pay more than a 30% pure profit markup.

Bunch of rip off W@#@*%S.
As The_Crapman says - VAT. US pricse are quoted before sales tax; EU prices (including UK) must be quoted inc VAT.

$1,049.99 (Newegg price) at current exchange rate (1.55477 per xe.com) is £675.32. Add 20% UK VAT to this and you get to £810.38, which is less than 10% off the UK price of £879.99 quoted on Dabs. The rest of the difference is down to reduced volumes in the UK market, higher wages for staff in the UK supply chain than the US (i.e. we have a higher minimum wage) and the mandatory 1 year warranty that must be given in the UK, as against typical 3 month warranty in the USA.

Argue if you will about the unfairness of UK VAT being so high, but you can't blame Asus for the differential pricing.
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