Bandwidth for 4 gpu's on 4 seperate pcie usually comes from a higher end motherboard in the "Enthusiast" bracket, basically making 2 690's an easier and less power consuming way to get quad sli. However the best on the market from all stand points is the GTX 680, the 690 suffers greatly from SLI issues and driver issues aswell as 0 games release w/ SLI support immediately. Now in a few short months the 685 is coming out which is supposed to be a fairly large performance increase.
Very well said
Do you think the 685 will force AMD to further lower their prices?
GTX 690 is the best you can get with 2 gpu's on a single PCB.
But if your thinking best, both the gtx 680 and the amd 7970 are very close in performance.
Not every game or bench mark will run the same on them because of the way they might be written. Each card is better in its own way, and you also have to take in account for manufacturers because they can sell oc cards or with more memory. At the end of the day I see it as personal preference.
Note: i have had both of these cards the gtx 680 run really hot some times and my 7970 crashed a few times.
Last edited by TokyoMiller; 08-15-2012 at 12:10 AM.
-I recently upgraded to dual EVGA GeForce GTX 680s(SLI of course).
-Originally had SLI on EVGA GeForce GTX 580x2
-Best GPU on the Earth would be here: NVIDIA Quadro Plex 7000
-NVIDIA Quadro 7000 in SLI can run FXAA at 128x
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guys seriously, this is a matter of fact not opinion. Fact is that the gtx 690 is currently the most powerful non-workstation gpu.
Incorrect, it has 2 gpu's and suffers from problems you wouldnt ever understand unless you used them. In the non enthusiast real world application single GPU cards are dominant for a reason. Also workstation GPU's do not do direct 3d the same as a gaming class GPU rendering them somewhat useless in a lot of games. The Evga 680 classified is your best option as the 680 is the best gpu on the market, put 2 of them together on 1 board you have a 690.