Problems with two GTX 690 in quad SLI
Hey,

first of all I'm not a native speaker, so please bear with me, I'm trying the best I can.

I'm 22 years old and haven't ever bought or recommended any other graphics card but Nvidia's. Not because of fanboyism, but for the simple fact I never experienced any problems with them. Until now that is.

Well, I recently upgraded from two GTX 590 to two GTX 690. Lucky, rich me, right? Think again! As soon as I rebooted after installing Windows 7 x64 and all the necessary drivers (301.42*), a rather strange problem occurred. None of my displays (on any of the DVI/DPorts) woke up from standby after rebooting. Soon I figured my new graphics cards don't want me to overclock my CPU, so I hit the clear CMOS switch and everything was fine again, so I thought. Shortly after Windows was able to draw the wallpaper, my desktop froze and it didn't feel like unfreezing. So I rebooted my PC just so I can enjoy the very same problem happening again. In order to get rid of the driver I booted Windows in safe mode. Using the previous driver (301.34*) I get very random "hiccups" on the desktop and the performance in games running both cards in SLI isn't any better than using just one.

I had high hopes for the latest beta driver (304.48*), but it too freezes my desktop.

Somewhere around here I read switching back to PCIe GEN 2.0 in BIOS settings helps, but that didn't do anything.
Also, I honestly doubt the root of my problem is my PSU as it was perfectly capable of running both GTX 590 just fine. Oh, how I regret selling those GTX 590...

My system:
Intel Core i7-3930K @ 4.2 GHz
Corsair XMS3 Dominator 16GB @ 1866 MHz (CL9-10-9-27)
ASUS P9X79
Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 @ stock
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W

[i]* = Honestly, I lost track of the driver versions so I might have mixed them up! All I know for sure is that I had the exact same problems with the latest beta driver I had before with the first driver I tried like two weeks ago...[/i]
Hey,



first of all I'm not a native speaker, so please bear with me, I'm trying the best I can.



I'm 22 years old and haven't ever bought or recommended any other graphics card but Nvidia's. Not because of fanboyism, but for the simple fact I never experienced any problems with them. Until now that is.



Well, I recently upgraded from two GTX 590 to two GTX 690. Lucky, rich me, right? Think again! As soon as I rebooted after installing Windows 7 x64 and all the necessary drivers (301.42*), a rather strange problem occurred. None of my displays (on any of the DVI/DPorts) woke up from standby after rebooting. Soon I figured my new graphics cards don't want me to overclock my CPU, so I hit the clear CMOS switch and everything was fine again, so I thought. Shortly after Windows was able to draw the wallpaper, my desktop froze and it didn't feel like unfreezing. So I rebooted my PC just so I can enjoy the very same problem happening again. In order to get rid of the driver I booted Windows in safe mode. Using the previous driver (301.34*) I get very random "hiccups" on the desktop and the performance in games running both cards in SLI isn't any better than using just one.



I had high hopes for the latest beta driver (304.48*), but it too freezes my desktop.



Somewhere around here I read switching back to PCIe GEN 2.0 in BIOS settings helps, but that didn't do anything.

Also, I honestly doubt the root of my problem is my PSU as it was perfectly capable of running both GTX 590 just fine. Oh, how I regret selling those GTX 590...



My system:

Intel Core i7-3930K @ 4.2 GHz

Corsair XMS3 Dominator 16GB @ 1866 MHz (CL9-10-9-27)

ASUS P9X79

Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 @ stock

Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W



* = Honestly, I lost track of the driver versions so I might have mixed them up! All I know for sure is that I had the exact same problems with the latest beta driver I had before with the first driver I tried like two weeks ago...

#1
Posted 06/19/2012 01:53 AM   
hellow, i have 2 690 too,, and i believe all user that have 2 gtx 690 have some problem with different issue,, like my self when i put those 2 cards, first i have error in desktop, lag and sloow performance (in my processor core 3 and 7 shows high usage up to 90% and not coming down).

when i put only 1 card, everything is normal, stable and in every games normal (ultra setting). but when i put 2 cards, it come back to lag and slow performance, core 3 and 7 is high.

then i tried to reinstall the driver v.301.42 and set to default setting in anything, at last it work for me, 2 cards normal, but crash 2 times if i overclock the cpu, i still dont know what is the problem,

this is the detail in my experience so far with 2 cards gtx 690:
max payne : normal with no crash, FPS 90 - 120
dungeon siege 3 : normal with no crash, FPS 60
dirt showdown : first LAG with setting water (high), FPS 11 - 19, but normal when setting water (normal), FPS 80 - 100
diablo 3 : normal FPS (i'll check later)
alan wake : normal FPS 120

--= ill update later =--
hellow, i have 2 690 too,, and i believe all user that have 2 gtx 690 have some problem with different issue,, like my self when i put those 2 cards, first i have error in desktop, lag and sloow performance (in my processor core 3 and 7 shows high usage up to 90% and not coming down).



when i put only 1 card, everything is normal, stable and in every games normal (ultra setting). but when i put 2 cards, it come back to lag and slow performance, core 3 and 7 is high.



then i tried to reinstall the driver v.301.42 and set to default setting in anything, at last it work for me, 2 cards normal, but crash 2 times if i overclock the cpu, i still dont know what is the problem,



this is the detail in my experience so far with 2 cards gtx 690:

max payne : normal with no crash, FPS 90 - 120

dungeon siege 3 : normal with no crash, FPS 60

dirt showdown : first LAG with setting water (high), FPS 11 - 19, but normal when setting water (normal), FPS 80 - 100

diablo 3 : normal FPS (i'll check later)

alan wake : normal FPS 120



--= ill update later =--

Intel Core i7-3930K @3.2 GHz, Corsair H100, ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard v1103, 64 GB CORSAIR 1,600 MHz DDR3 memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 SLI graphics, HD audio onboard Asus, 256 GB Crucial M4 SSD, 240 GB GT Corsair, 2 x 1 TB WDC SATA 3 hard drives, 2 x LiteOn BD Reader/DVD Rewriters, ThermalTake LVL 10 GT case, Seasonic P1000 Platinum PSU, Zalman MFC-3 Fan Controler, Windows 7 Prof Service Pack 1 (64-bit)

#2
Posted 06/19/2012 04:50 AM   
Do they even test the drivers themselves? When you spend about 2000 USD on hardware you would expect it to work somewhat properly.

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MShbP3OpASA&feature=player_detailpage#t=2997s]Seriously, I'm raging mad... /wallbash.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wallbash:' />[/url]
Do they even test the drivers themselves? When you spend about 2000 USD on hardware you would expect it to work somewhat properly.



rel="nofollow" target = "_blank">Seriously, I'm raging mad... /wallbash.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wallbash:' />

#3
Posted 06/20/2012 02:41 AM   
hi I have 2 gtx690, and got better gameplay with 2 gtx 680 WT*


by the way, how was the scaling of those 2 gtx590???
hi I have 2 gtx690, and got better gameplay with 2 gtx 680 WT*





by the way, how was the scaling of those 2 gtx590???

#4
Posted 06/28/2012 09:07 PM   
I am having same issues with crashes after just a few minutes of game play. When I do occasionally make it back to the desktop from a crash I sometimes get the Nvidia experienced an OpenGL driver error 3. I am seriously regretting buying the 690's it was a huge commitment from me and was supposed to be my dream system. I have certainly learned my lesson that top of the line means the least quality assurance. i7 3930k (stock speed) 450gb SSD Corsair AX1200 Powersupply Corsair EVGA X79 FTW mobo 16gb RAM stock speed Corsair Dual 690GTX Quad SLI CPU, Chipset, Volt, VGA, all watercooled no temps ever exceed 55'c on any component under load.
I am having same issues with crashes after just a few minutes of game play. When I do occasionally make it back to the desktop from a crash I sometimes get the Nvidia experienced an OpenGL driver error 3. I am seriously regretting buying the 690's it was a huge commitment from me and was supposed to be my dream system. I have certainly learned my lesson that top of the line means the least quality assurance.

i7 3930k (stock speed)
450gb SSD Corsair
AX1200 Powersupply Corsair
EVGA X79 FTW mobo
16gb RAM stock speed Corsair
Dual 690GTX Quad SLI
CPU, Chipset, Volt, VGA, all watercooled no temps ever exceed 55'c on any component under load.

#5
Posted 03/07/2013 08:58 PM   
I also have a laggy desktop and poor scrolling with 2 X GTX 690 FarCry 3 is ok though - but not as good a scale as you would expect for an additional bag of sand.
I also have a laggy desktop and poor scrolling with 2 X GTX 690

FarCry 3 is ok though - but not as good a scale as you would expect for an additional bag of sand.

#6
Posted 03/26/2013 11:39 AM   
yes sadly I am going back to ATI next month. Their cards do what they are sposed to do.I spent $1700 on 2 GTX680's an will never do so again
yes sadly I am going back to ATI next month. Their cards do what they are sposed to do.I spent $1700 on 2 GTX680's an will never do so again

CPU 4930
DELL 3011
Asus 27"
Gigabyte GTX 780ti x2
Corsair Nutron 480 gig SSD
Seagate 4 TB backup drivers x2
Asus Rampage 4 mobo
32 gig G-Skill Rip-jaws at 2400.
Corsair 1200i PSU
Cosmos II Case
RATT MMO7 Mouse.
Razor mechanical ultimate keyboard.
Creative SB ZFX?? soundcard
Corsair H110i

#7
Posted 03/27/2013 12:34 AM   
Hmm I feel like I should have read this before purchasing a second 690 yesterday :/
Hmm I feel like I should have read this before purchasing a second 690 yesterday :/

#8
Posted 03/29/2013 01:58 AM   
Hi; First of all i think Nvidia does not care and support quad sli users as we are outnumbered. The lack of nvidia support is pissing me off too. Scaling in both 4 gpus is not good in many games as i bought these cards to be able to run 3D vision, maximum aliasing (like sgssaa) and sometimes 3D Vision Surround at the same time. But since the Fermi cards came out, i couldn't get any benefit from these cards. As a 2x690 user, i got same problems as you guys . I tried lots of things and found the solution of my problem by updating my motherboards drivers and bios to the latest. You can try it but the system you build is very important to get max from these cards i think. Nvidia not only try to sell these cards, they must support quad sli users by drivers and tutorials. Next time i will look deeply into the other card manufacturer before i upgrade my system. I wish we could get max of these cards in the future with the next-gen games.
Hi;

First of all i think Nvidia does not care and support quad sli users as we are outnumbered. The lack of nvidia support is pissing me off too. Scaling in both 4 gpus is not good in many games as i bought these cards to be able to run 3D vision, maximum aliasing (like sgssaa) and sometimes 3D Vision Surround at the same time. But since the Fermi cards came out, i couldn't get any benefit from these cards.

As a 2x690 user, i got same problems as you guys . I tried lots of things and found the solution of my problem by updating my motherboards drivers and bios to the latest. You can try it but the system you build is very important to get max from these cards i think. Nvidia not only try to sell these cards, they must support quad sli users by drivers and tutorials.

Next time i will look deeply into the other card manufacturer before i upgrade my system. I wish we could get max of these cards in the future with the next-gen games.

#9
Posted 03/29/2013 07:26 PM   
I have the same problem and I,m getting crazy! fix the problem please!NVIDIA: take your responsability!!! ( All Games Screen tearing & Lag ) 2x GTX 690 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlOrFmGXFxY 1x GTX 690 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9s_DpncAPc ╔► Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz ╠► 2X NVIDIA Asus GeForce GTX 690 ╠► Rampage IV Extreme X79 /BATTLEFIELD 3 ╠► Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX /32GB ╠► Intel RTS2011LC CPU Water Cooler ╠► 2X OCZ-VERTEX4 ╠► 2X SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series ATA Device ╠► Logitech G930 ╠► 2x BenQ XL2420T ╠► WDD20EZRX SATA /64MB Cache ╠► Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold ╠► Thermaltake Chaser MK-I ╠► Razer Ouroboros Elite - Laser ╠► Razer BlackWidow Ultimate ╠► razer destructor mouse-pad
I have the same problem and I,m getting crazy! fix the problem please!NVIDIA: take your responsability!!!
( All Games Screen tearing & Lag )

2x GTX 690
1x GTX 690


╔► Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz
╠► 2X NVIDIA Asus GeForce GTX 690
╠► Rampage IV Extreme X79 /BATTLEFIELD 3
╠► Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX /32GB
╠► Intel RTS2011LC CPU Water Cooler
╠► 2X OCZ-VERTEX4
╠► 2X SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series ATA Device
╠► Logitech G930
╠► 2x BenQ XL2420T
╠► WDD20EZRX SATA /64MB Cache
╠► Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold
╠► Thermaltake Chaser MK-I
╠► Razer Ouroboros Elite - Laser
╠► Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
╠► razer destructor mouse-pad

#10
Posted 09/09/2013 04:53 PM   
i really need help with my 2x gtx 690 quad sli escalation issues please! I've read a lot of ppl with troubles with the 2x gtx 690 sli escalation but didnt find any solution jet :( Please help! How did u solve your problems with ur 2 x gtx 690 quadsli scalation problems? my email es cmgver[at]gmail My quadsli doesnt work with many games, i have drastically drops of FPS from 130 to 10 in games like battlefield 4 and i cannot use sorround 3 screens in many games too. I discover by accident that when i use no SLI configuration then it works better with no FPS drops, so is not the RAM or CPU. I bought the two gtx 690 for 3 screen sorround rig, in that moment i had three 27' cinemadisplays but the performance was horrible, i thought it was not possible, but now i have only one screen and the same problems persist :/ My rig is: 2x gtx 690 mb asus rampage IV extreme cpu 3930k 4 x 4 gb Tridentx G Skill 2 x 128 gb ocz vertex 3 RAID 0 1 x 4 tb western digital caviar black monitor Asus swift PG278Q with g-sync windows 8.1 64 bits bios firmware in my 690s are: 80.04.1E.00.90 80.04.1E.00.91 i updated the ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME to the latest bios firmware 4901 Thanks a lot! and i will appreciate any clue of how to solve my problem. CM
i really need help with my 2x gtx 690 quad sli escalation issues please!

I've read a lot of ppl with troubles with the 2x gtx 690 sli escalation but didnt find any solution jet :( Please help! How did u solve your problems with ur 2 x gtx 690 quadsli scalation problems? my email es cmgver[at]gmail

My quadsli doesnt work with many games, i have drastically drops of FPS from 130 to 10 in games like battlefield 4 and i cannot use sorround 3 screens in many games too. I discover by accident that when i use no SLI configuration then it works better with no FPS drops, so is not the RAM or CPU.

I bought the two gtx 690 for 3 screen sorround rig, in that moment i had three 27' cinemadisplays but the performance was horrible, i thought it was not possible, but now i have only one screen and the same problems persist :/

My rig is:
2x gtx 690
mb asus rampage IV extreme
cpu 3930k
4 x 4 gb Tridentx G Skill
2 x 128 gb ocz vertex 3 RAID 0
1 x 4 tb western digital caviar black
monitor Asus swift PG278Q with g-sync
windows 8.1 64 bits

bios firmware in my 690s are: 80.04.1E.00.90 80.04.1E.00.91

i updated the ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME to the latest bios firmware 4901

Thanks a lot! and i will appreciate any clue of how to solve my problem.
CM

#11
Posted 08/31/2014 12:48 PM   
Has anyone any update on the gtx 690 sli performance? are the issues solved yet? Instead of selling my 690 to buy a 980 I was thinking about getting a second 690..... mainly for star citizen. cryengine 3.5
Has anyone any update on the gtx 690 sli performance? are the issues solved yet?

Instead of selling my 690 to buy a 980 I was thinking about getting a second 690.....

mainly for star citizen. cryengine 3.5

#12
Posted 10/17/2014 09:43 PM   
First of all make sure your BIOS are updated. And second, you can't just run Quad-SLI without any tweaking. In my case running a R3E 1366 platform with i7-970, Quad-SLI did not work instantly. I needed to boost my NB Voltage and stabilize my entire system with all frequencies and voltages. That includes NB, QPI, Uncore, CPU, DRAM and PCI-e. You need to have knowledge about how everything works before trying to run Quad-SLI. I can fold with all four GPUs + CPU for days without crashing with my CPU O.CD AT 4,6GHz. It took some time to tweak, but in all honesty the only thing that I needed to set to get the Quad to work was my NB Voltage and PCI-e boosted my a fraction. I am not gonna put down any detailed information of what anyone should do because every system is unique and I won't be responsible for others failures. Things you need to understand about Quad-GPU. You cannot simply expect to run this in all games. As much as nvidia has optimized the drivers as good as possible, the games don't have to like it. I had low expectations and actually was surprised by the results. Naturally Quad runs well with benchmarks, because its are optimized to run all kinds of setups. My cards has over 95% usage during benching and the scaling isn't too bad at all. BF4 works great with my Quad. League of legends and world of warcraft I run with 1 GPU only as the games are very universal and only have good support for 1 GPU. Skyrim runs great with Quad, so does Crysis and Dead Space 2 and greater. I managed to make my system work because I know how to set it up. If you are thinking of running Quad and just want to connect a second card and want it to work, then refrain from buying a second card. Unless you are prepared and have knowledge of how to solve problems with Quad then you shouldn't be messing around with it. Always think about what games you play, and which ones actually supports Qusd properly.
First of all make sure your BIOS are updated. And second, you can't just run Quad-SLI without any tweaking.

In my case running a R3E 1366 platform with i7-970, Quad-SLI did not work instantly. I needed to boost my NB Voltage and stabilize my entire system with all frequencies and voltages. That includes NB, QPI, Uncore, CPU, DRAM and PCI-e.

You need to have knowledge about how everything works before trying to run Quad-SLI. I can fold with all four GPUs + CPU for days without crashing with my CPU O.CD AT 4,6GHz. It took some time to tweak, but in all honesty the only thing that I needed to set to get the Quad to work was my NB Voltage and PCI-e boosted my a fraction. I am not gonna put down any detailed information of what anyone should do because every system is unique and I won't be responsible for others failures.

Things you need to understand about Quad-GPU. You cannot simply expect to run this in all games. As much as nvidia has optimized the drivers as good as possible, the games don't have to like it. I had low expectations and actually was surprised by the results.

Naturally Quad runs well with benchmarks, because its are optimized to run all kinds of setups. My cards has over 95% usage during benching and the scaling isn't too bad at all.

BF4 works great with my Quad. League of legends and world of warcraft I run with 1 GPU only as the games are very universal and only have good support for 1 GPU. Skyrim runs great with Quad, so does Crysis and Dead Space 2 and greater.

I managed to make my system work because I know how to set it up. If you are thinking of running Quad and just want to connect a second card and want it to work, then refrain from buying a second card. Unless you are prepared and have knowledge of how to solve problems with Quad then you shouldn't be messing around with it.

Always think about what games you play, and which ones actually supports Qusd properly.

#13
Posted 10/28/2014 02:24 PM   
Hi All, I purchased my system with a single EVGA GTX 690 over a year ago. Everything was fine, but I fancied adding a second card whilst I could still find one. I picked up the second EVGA card on eBay. My specs are; Watercooled i7-3820 clocked at 4.2GHz, Asus Rampage IV Extreme, 32GB (8x4GB) PC16000 DDR3/2133mhz Quad Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX Predator w/Heat Spreader), Corsair 1050 Watts HX1050W Gold, HDD1: 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K SATA III Gaming MLC Solid State Disk (120GB x 2 (240GB Capacity) Raid 0 Extreme Performance) HDD2: 2TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64M Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive Win7 Ultimate 64 2x EVGA GTX 690 Triple Samsung 1080 LED TV's (connected by HDMi) I just wanted to say that I simply plugged the card in and everything worked perfectly without any tweaks necessary. Admittedly, the performance increase seems rather less than stellar, certainly not anything to write home about, but the system seems stable after three weeks of heavy use. Using latest whql drivers. I have checked in the ROG Bios and the PCiE's are all set to GEN3.
Hi All,

I purchased my system with a single EVGA GTX 690 over a year ago. Everything was fine, but I fancied adding a second card whilst I could still find one. I picked up the second EVGA card on eBay.

My specs are;

Watercooled i7-3820 clocked at 4.2GHz,
Asus Rampage IV Extreme,
32GB (8x4GB) PC16000 DDR3/2133mhz Quad Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX Predator w/Heat Spreader),
Corsair 1050 Watts HX1050W Gold,
HDD1: 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K SATA III Gaming MLC Solid State Disk (120GB x 2 (240GB Capacity) Raid 0 Extreme Performance)
HDD2: 2TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64M Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive
Win7 Ultimate 64
2x EVGA GTX 690
Triple Samsung 1080 LED TV's (connected by HDMi)

I just wanted to say that I simply plugged the card in and everything worked perfectly without any tweaks necessary. Admittedly, the performance increase seems rather less than stellar, certainly not anything to write home about, but the system seems stable after three weeks of heavy use. Using latest whql drivers. I have checked in the ROG Bios and the PCiE's are all set to GEN3.

#14
Posted 12/02/2014 11:09 AM   
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