PNY GTX 690 XLR8

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The PNY GTX 690 XLR8 is a dual CPU video card. The GTX 690 has a MSRP of $999.

  • Dual GK104-355-A2
  • PLX PEX 8747 PCIe switch
  • 8 SMX x2
  • 1536 CUDA x2
  • 128 TMU x2
  • 32 ROP x2
  • 28 nm
  • 3,540 million transistors
  • 905 MHz base clock
  • 1058 MHz boost clock
  • 3.31 TFLOPS x2
  • 2048 MB x2
  • 1502 MHz memory
  • 256-bit memory
  • DVI-I, DVI-D, mini DP
  • 2x 8-pin PCIe power
  • 300W TDP
  • 11″ dual slot
  • limited lifetime warranty with product registration

The GTX 690 is the most powerful graphics card ever built. The GTX 690 is far more powerful than the GTX 590 or the GTX 295 cards. The difference between GTX 690 and GTX 680 is outright the clock speed difference and nothing more. The GTX 590 was a 365W TDP product and definitely used most of that power, GTX 690 in its stock configuration takes a step back to 300W. The GTX 690 doesn’t quite reach the performance of the GTX 680 SLI, but it’s very close and results vary depending on screen resolutions.

CMPSU-850TXV2-300x300

Realistically a 750W or larger PSU is strongly recommended. The Corsair TX850V2 is adequate to handle GTX 690 SLI. For extreme performance why not install two GTX 690 cards.

NVIDIA uses the same 3x DL-DVI and 1x mini DP configuration that is used on the GTX 590. A dongle is available for VGA and HDMI.

The dual GPU card is recognized as SLI in the driver and select games can take advantage of the dual cards and increase rendering performance significantly. The GTX 690 is so powerful that it has enough performance to handle more than the 1920×1080 LCD that is now becoming more mainstream. The card uses less power than the typical SLI setup which is very helpful. There are very few games that do no benefit from the GTX 690s performance. The alternate frame rendering is available for DX9 through DX11 games.

While the GTX 690 has a maximum boost of 1058 MHz the typical best seen is about 1019 MHz in use. Even with a high air flow chassis the heat is a big limiting factor. Water blocks for the GTX 690 are available for those who want to push the cards harder. The mid card blower manages to keep the card stable in games so for those who simply want to use the card as is will be happy.

UEFI SUPPORT

There is also a UEFI VBIOS available for the PNY GTX 690 XLR8 so it can be used with Windows 8 and above with secure boot etc. The UEFI simply supports VESA graphics at 1024×768 etc.

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