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Old May 3, 2012, 06:44 AM
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Will Nvidia allow the GTX 690 to SLI with a GTX 680? This is the make it or break it part for me, I went GTX 680 SLI because I could do Tri-SLI if I needed to but with a 690 I fear that my only option would be Quad SLI with 690's and that's ridiculous.
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Guys, pay SPECIAL attention to the PCI-E scaling section. It is eye-opening.
At least there's enough "difference" to make some people think their purchases were worth it, even though it's at frame rates too high to notice without an FPS counter. Now that there's some gain, I'm going to keep an eye out for the next Doom 3 / Crysis / GTA4 / Metro 2033 which is so badly programmed that it needs a PCI-E 3.0 interface to be playable

I know it would be blasphemy to do this, but I'd assume you'll get a big difference if you changed the game to 640x480 LOW details? (e.g. 400FPS PCI-E 3 vs 300FPS PCI-E 2)? Be prepared for poorly made reviews that show such a difference, maybe at 1440x900 high-ish settings
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Old May 3, 2012, 07:12 AM
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Doesn't really matter, now does it, considering you're capped at a 120FPS even on high end monitors.
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At least there's enough "difference" to make some people think their purchases were worth it, even though it's at frame rates too high to notice without an FPS counter. Now that there's some gain, I'm going to keep an eye out for the next Doom 3 / Crysis / GTA4 / Metro 2033 which is so badly programmed that it needs a PCI-E 3.0 interface to be playable

I know it would be blasphemy to do this, but I'd assume you'll get a big difference if you changed the game to 640x480 LOW details? (e.g. 400FPS PCI-E 3 vs 300FPS PCI-E 2)? Be prepared for poorly made reviews that show such a difference, maybe at 1440x900 high-ish settings
LOL....but there really is no difference.
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If I had $1000....
nVidia has really come a long way from the fire hazzard cards of yesteryear. They have proven they can refine their technology and not just use brute force to make Frames.

Lovin' it.

Now we just need a 7990 to drop the price of it.

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We hope the 7990 drops the price of that awesome beast. That card just blew my mind away! Nice review as always.
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LOL....but there really is no difference.
Yes it also shows why AMD didnt bother to make any of the 7xxx series cards pci-e 3.0 then cause as you pointed out .... NEITHER intel OR amd have anything with interconnecting architecture in there chipsets to do so.

Now with both companies moving to put everything on 1 chip ..... this will change that then. BUT again ... what would we be talkin about here .... chipsets getting to that level of advancment MAYBE near the end of the decade if that?

As for the review, great as always. As for the card, yeah its impressive & long overdue in the wattage/thermals aspect. BUT I agree with you, while it MAYBE the best atm ... its not in 99% of general consumers budgets when for the same cost you can build a kick ass system that will do what the card can do ... just at lower levels of course.
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You'll have a better chance finding a 4 leaf clover in you back yard, then finding a 690 at a store!!!
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Amazing card, very nice review!! Loved the "taking it to the next level" and PCI scaling "additions".
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Great review, but I have one question. In the "taking a closer look" page, it reads:

The rear panel connectors are a departure from the GTX 680’s layout since this card natively supports three primary dual link DVI-equipped displays.

But when I look at the photograph of the output connectors, it really looks like the bottom two are dual link DVI and the top is single link.

Typo?
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