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GeForce GTX 980 vs Geforce GTX 690

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Geforce GTX 690, which comes with GPU core speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1536 Stream Processors, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

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 980 13552 points
Geforce GTX 690 13111 points
Difference: 441 (3%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 135 Watts (82%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Geforce GTX 690 should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce GTX 980 overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 160512 (72%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 is a lot (more or less 63%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 980. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 90112 (63%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 should be quite a bit (more or less 23%) better at AA than the Geforce GTX 690, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13504 (23%)

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

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GeForce GTX 980

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 980 Geforce GTX 690
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2014 April 2012
Code Name GM204-400 GK104
Memory 4096 MB 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1126 MHz 915 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6008 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 384512 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 234240 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 58560 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 128 128 (x2)
Render Output Units 64 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 5200 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce GTX 980

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Geforce GTX 690

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 980 vs Geforce GTX 690”
sircam says:

Well, Im still proud of my Dual GTX 690 two years later, like the HD7990 this babies are future-proof, definitely.

Rodin says:

Right on, right on.

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