NVIDIA’S GeForce GTX 690 Graphics Processor Performance Review

Posted on August 26, 2012 by Travis Ramsy

Like the central processing unit, the graphics processing unit (GPU) is a vital unit that drives and monitors the visual functioning of an electronic device. Graphics processing unit together with central processing unit forms the core of a present day electronic device or system. GPUs are integral to the functioning of present day embedded systems, smartphones, workstations, gaming consoles, and other electronic gadgets. The primary function of a graphics processing unit is to manipulate computer graphics, decode videos, and process large chunks of data. Nowadays, almost all the personal computers, smartphones, and notebooks come with integrated graphics processing units. Looking back at the history of GPUs, the first graphics processing unit was developed by Intel for use in industrial systems in the year 1983.


Though Intel is imputed for launching the first GPU, the credit for generalizing the term ‘graphics processing unit’ goes to Nvidia. In 1999, Nvidia marketed its GeForce 256 as the world’s first graphics processing unit with a single-chip processor, and it is at this time that the term GPU came into existence. Established in 1993, Nvidia is a pioneer in the field of designing high-end graphics processing units. The company designs and develops graphics processors, personal computer platforms, chipsets, and related software. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Nvidia is now engaged in the development of Tegra processors system-on-chip series for smartphones and tablet devices. With more than 12 iterations released till date, the GeForce series graphics processing units has become the flagship brand of Nvidia.

In 1999, GeForce 256 was the first iteration released as part of the GeForce series of graphics processing units. The latest release under the GeForce brand of graphics processing units is the GeForce 600 series, which has four versions. The most recent version is the GTX 690, which was launched in April 2012. The GTX 690 graphics processor incorporates PCI Express 3.0 with 16 lanes, which is certain to be an attractive option for gaming enthusiasts. The GTX 690 processor is a combination of Nvidia’s two best graphics processor. On the outside, there is a PLX chip that operates as an express bridge, which is topped off with a dependable cooler, which ultimately makes it one of the most silent graphics processing units.

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The GTX 690 graphics processing unit is built on a pair of Kepler GK104 graphics processing units, which has made it one of the most adept high clocked and fully enabled processors. Nvidia this time around has worked seamlessly to bring about a dual GPU type card that was available in the market for a while. GTX 690 is a square off graphics processing unit that operates soundlessly and also consumes less power. The GeForce GTX 690 graphics processing unit will certainly bring about an amazing performance in 3D, since the performance metrics of this processor nearly mirrors the performance of two GeForce GTX 680 processors in SLI.

The PLX bridged Kepler GK104 graphics processing units provide ample shader cores, and moreover the two of them are twinned with two gigabyte memory bundles at six group buffer pools. The graphics processing units on the GTX 690 clocks a performance boost of 1019 megahertz which when compared to the GTX 680 is 3% less. Although the price of the GTX 690 graphics processing unit is quite expensive, those who are ready to shell extra bucks for performance and value will realize that the price is worthful. The bottom line is the Nvidia has come up with yet another sensational product that packs the performance of two graphics processing units. The GTX 690 provides an atrociously fast gaming performance even on some of the low-end devices.

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About Travis Ramsy

Travis Ramsy likes writing articles related to Technology News, Gadget Reviews and How To. He also does guest posting for buycharter.com - a site that offers savings and current information on charter cable, as well as charter.com services

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