Love this thread and I'm a gtx 690 owner as of two weeks ago. I'm at work right now so I'll send in my proof of ownership items once I get home. I couldn't be more excited about owning a 690! I upgraded from 1gb 460's in SLI and the difference... well I don't need to tell you guys the difference. Whoa!
My only concerns are that I seem to run a bit high on temps compared to some of you and my overclocking results aren't up to par. I'm running a resolution of 5142x1050 and so far I've only really checked out what the 690 can do with heavily modded Skyrim and Far Cry 3.
With both games I seem to hit 80C or so with the card at stock settings. When I adjust the fan profiles I can get the max temp down to about 72C. Reading through the forum, it seems that these temps are causing the card to throttle. I've got a 200mm fan on the front of my case that I put in exhaust mode to help the "case" side of the 690 exhaust and it seemed to help some. I'm wondering if it's just the higher resolution that's causing the card to work harder and hence, the temps.
I'm not having any FPS problems in Skyrim. It' stays at 60 almost all the time, but Far Cry 3 drops to around 40-45 in outdoors sometimes. Everything in Far Cry is maxed except MSAA isn't on.
Also, I've been using EVGA Precision for monitoring and some overclocking and am not getting nearly the overclocks on air that some have posted. My best stable overclock so far has only been +70 core and +181 mem with 135%, voltage set to max. I figure the mem could go up more but haven't had the time to find the sweet spot yet because I've been too concerned with the core clock. With the fan set to 95% I'm never getting over 75C on the card so it doesn't seem to be heat related. I'm getting black screen crashes after a few minutes with higher overclocks.
Posting my specs below. Does anyone have any ideas for me or did I just get a little bit worse card than the rest?
i7 3770K @3.8 (stock cooling)
Asus Z77 Sabertooth
8GB Viper RAM 1600mhz
EVGA GTX 690
OCZ 60GB SSD
WD 2 TB 7200 HDD
Cooler Master HAF 912
310.70 Nvidia drivers
Edited by Billymac10 - 12/17/12 at 12:49pm