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Geforce GTX 690 vs Radeon HD 7970


The Geforce GTX 690 has a clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7970, which has GPU clock speed of 925 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1375 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Geforce GTX 690 13130 points
Radeon HD 7970 8225 points
Difference: 4905 (60%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Geforce GTX 690 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 7970 in general. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Difference: 120512 (46%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 is quite a bit (more or less 98%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7970. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 115840 (98%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 should be a lot (approximately 98%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7970, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 28960 (98%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

Geforce GTX 690

Radeon HD 7970


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Model Geforce GTX 690 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2012 January 2012
Code Name GK104 Tahiti XT
Memory 2048 MB (x2) 3072 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz (x2) 925 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz (x2) 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 384512 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 234240 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58560 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 (x2) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 128 (x2) 128
Render Output Units 32 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 384-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3540 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Geforce GTX 690

Radeon HD 7970


17 Responses to “Geforce GTX 690 vs Radeon HD 7970”
Jijo says:

@ homepage 7970 placed on top but here 690 kicked 7970.why inaccurate details in homepage

po says:

On the front page it's got the exact same memory bandwidth as the GTX680, meaning they were only running the dual core GTX690 in single core mode, while the 7970 was using both cores for the result on the front page.

Oyun için GTX680 mi yoksa HD7970 GHz Edition mı? - 6 Sayfa says:

[...] bilgilendirme kesinlikle olmaz. Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 vs. AMD Radeon HD 7970 | Geforce GTX 690 vs Radeon HD 7970 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare GTX690 çift gpu'lu kart HD7970 tek gpu'lu. Bu durumda GTX690'ın daha fazla güç tüketmesi [...]

No One says:

GTX 690 blew 7970 away. But, GTX 690 is also 1 thousand dollars, while the 7970 is around 500 dollars. So, the question is, do you want to spend a bunch of money for the best video card or spend half that money for, I think, the second or third best video card?

Z9 says:

couze 690's big price a HD 7970 will be much better....but if you try to over lock at 1550 the memory HD 7970 will be almost equal at fps...with a difference of 10-20 fps...
I don't think it's worth to give 500 dollars more....for 10-20 fps.

thatkid1995 says:

if you have enough money to buy even one 690 then seriously can we trade lives?
And pcpp recommend TWO in SLI as their beast 🙂

Lucas says:

7990 will detonate 690

icypyro says:

The 7970 x2 was announced... It's basically 2 7970's in a dual card gpu. It's about time AMD got some dual card gpu action going on.

tommy says:

You're missin the hoota of the funky buddha
Eluder or the fucked up styles to get wicked
So come on as cypress starts to kick it

cau hình laptop như thế này choi dc game Cabal ko ? says:

[...] Ruby Hole Ngày tham gia: Mar 2012 Bài viết: 335 Được cảm ơn: 19 Uy tín: Geforce GTX 690 vs Radeon HD 7970 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare so sánh 2 thằng đứng đầu Ati vs Nvidia nè GTX690 vs hd7970 xem hãng nào trâu bò [...]

john says:

It's kinda unfair, the GTX 690 Is a dual GPU, while the 7970 is just a single GPU, but given the price and the performance between the two, I certainly conclude that the Radeon was more better.

antonely93 says:

The GTX 690 is less powerful than the Powercolor Devil 13. with 2 GPU HD 7990! a ha!

AMDPC gamer says:

This comparison is not equal as the 7970 is not ATi's top card. The new ATi Radeon HD7990 would kill a GTX 690 as would the much older HD6990.

Stefan says:

yeah 7990 will detonate 690
but 790 will detonate 7990
nVidia the best

Poorya says:

wow i love this graphic card
this is most complete graphic card in the world
just GTX 690 \m/

onizine says:

So many fools with money to burn really have no clue about cost to performance ratio. 5 Hundred dollars for what? you can barely tell the difference. But I guess it's one of macho things. well put that card up against the fire-pro series and see or directcu II.

Pantelos says:

just take 780 ti close to 690 perfomance and 600$ 🙂

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