NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 vs AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.02
 
1.86
Architecture
Kepler
 
Navi / RDNA2
GPU code name
GK104
 
Navi 21
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
3 May 2012 (9 years ago)
 
8 December 2020 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$999
 
$999
Price now
$405 (0.4x MSRP)
 
$2038 (2x MSRP)

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
1536
 
5120
CUDA cores
3072
 
no data
Core clock speed
915 MHz
 
1825 MHz
Boost clock speed
1019 MHz
 
2250 MHz
Number of transistors
3,540 million
 
26,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
300 Watt
 
300 Watt
Texture fill rate
234 billion/sec
 
720.0
Floating-point performance
2x 3,130 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
no data
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 4.0 x16
Length
11.0" (27.9 cm)
 
267 mm
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
no data
Supplementary power connectors
Two 8-pin
 
2x 8-pin
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB (4 GB per GPU) GDDR5
 
16 GB
Memory bus width
512-bit (256-bit per GPU)
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
6008 MHz
 
16000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
384 GB/s
 
512.0 GB/s
Shared memory
no data
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
3x DVI, 1x mini-DisplayPort
 
1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
Display Connectors
Two Dual Link DVI-I. One Dual link DVI-D. One Mini-Displayport 1.2
 
no data
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
no data
HDMI
Yes (via dongle)
 
+
HDCP
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
no data
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

3D Blu-Ray
+
 
-
3D Gaming
+
 
-
3D Vision Live
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model
5.1
 
6.5
OpenGL
4.2
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
2.1
Vulkan
1.1.126
 
1.2
CUDA
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 690 21.50
RX 6900 XT 100.00 +365.1%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

GTX 690 13160
RX 6900 XT 50587 +284.4%

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

GTX 690 5685
RX 6900 XT 26462 +365.5%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 690 and Radeon RX 6900 XT. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
156 Mh/s
 
no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

GTX 690 satisfies 96% minimum and 83% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
96%
Recommended
83%
Minimum
96%
Recommended
83%

RX 6900 XT satisfies 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
GTX 690
RX 6900 XT
1080p
 
no data
196
1440p
 
no data
137
4K
 
no data
85

Competitors of GeForce GTX 690 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 690 from AMD is Radeon R9 280, which is slower by 1% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 690:

Competitors of Radeon RX 6900 XT from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 6900 XT from NVIDIA is GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 6900 XT:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690

Cheaper ($405 vs $2038)

Wider memory bus (512 vs 256 bit)

PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)

HDCP

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

365.1% faster (about 4.5 times) in synthetic tests

Much newer (8 December 2020 vs 3 May 2012)

More pipelines (5120 vs 1536)

Higher memory bandwidth (512 vs 384 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 28 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT, since it shows better performance.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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