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GeForce GTX 980 vs Geforce GTX 690

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 has core speeds of 1126 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Geforce GTX 690, which features GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 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 theoretically 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 will be quite a bit (about 63%) better at 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is superior to the Geforce GTX 690, by a large margin. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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