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NVIDIA teases the $999 dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690

Posted on Sunday, April 29 2012 @ 10:20:25 CEST by

NVIDIA pulled the curtain of its GeForce GTX 690 at the GeForce LAN in Shanghai, China. This new card will hit retail stores on May 3, 2012 for $999, it features two GeForce GTX 680 GPUs with all 3072 CUDA cores enabled and a total of 4GB of GDDR5 memory. The memory clockspeed will be the same as the GeForce GTX 680, while the GPU clockspeeds will be lower than a GeForce GTX 680 (915MHz base core and 1019MHz boost clock vs 1006MHz base and 1058MHz boost). According to NVIDIA, the card should perform very similarly to two GeForce GTX 680 cards in SLI, which would make it between 25 to 65 percent faster than the GeForce GTX 590, while also being a lot more power efficient.

Interestingly, the card features a very nice design without one bit of tacky plastic. The frame is made from trivalent chromium-plated aluminium for strenght and durability, while the fan housing is made from a thixomolded magnesium alloy for excellent heat dissipation and vibration dampening. The nickel-plated heatsinks with dual-vapor chambers are exposed through polycarbonate windows and the PCB is equipped with extremely low-profile capacitors to reduce turbulence, and thus noise.

The PCB is made from 10 layers and features 2oz copper while power supply uses a 10-phase all digital PWM design.
NVIDIA today announced the GeForce(R) GTX 690, the world's fastest consumer graphics card(1) -- with a bold industrial design to match.

Powered by dual Kepler(TM) architecture-based GeForce GPUs, the GTX 690 is meticulously designed -- inside and out -- to deliver the most refined, elegant and smooth PC gaming experience possible.

The surprise announcement was made by NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang during his keynote address at the NVIDIA Game Festival in Shanghai, which is being attended by more than 6,000 gamers from across China.

Engineered to reach a new threshold in gaming performance, the GTX 690 also looks the part. Its array of innovative technologies is complemented by sleek materials that contribute to the exotic design of the card, including:

  • An exterior frame made from trivalent chromium-plated aluminum, providing excellent strength and durability
  • A fan housing made from a thixomolded magnesium alloy, which offers excellent heat dissipation and vibration dampening
  • High-efficiency power delivery with less resistance, lower power and less heat generated using a 10-phase, heavy-duty power supply with a 10-layer, two-ounce copper printed circuit board
  • Efficient cooling using dual vapor chambers, a nickel-plated finstack and center-mounted axial fan with optimized fin pitch and air entry angles
  • Low-profile components and ducted baseplate channels for unobstructed airflow, minimizing turbulence and improving acoustic quality

    The GTX 690 is powered by a total of 3,072 NVIDIA CUDA(R) cores, all working to deliver awesome gaming performance for ultimate gaming setups. Designed for the discriminating gamer and ultra-high-resolution, multimonitor NVIDIA Surround(TM) configurations, the GTX 690 delivers close to double the frame rates of the closest single GPU product, the GTX 680. Plus, it is more power efficient and quieter when compared to systems equipped with two GTX 680 cards(2) running in NVIDIA SLI(R) configuration.

    "The GTX 690 is truly a work of art -- gorgeous on the outside with amazing performance on the inside," said Brian Kelleher, senior vice president of GPU engineering at NVIDIA. "Gamers will love playing on multiple screens at high resolutions with all the eye candy turned on. And they'll relish showing their friends how beautiful the cards look inside their systems."

    The GTX 690 graphics card is designed using GeForce GPUs based on NVIDIA's 28-nanometer Kepler architecture, following the introduction late last month of the GTX 680.
    Availability The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 GPU will be available in limited quantities starting May 3, 2012, with wider availability by May 7, 2012 from NVIDIA's add-in card partners, including ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit and Zotac. Expected pricing is $999.
  • Performance tests aren't available, we only have this statement from NVIDIA:
    (1) Testing was conducting comparing the GeForce GTX 690 versus GTX 680, running at a resolution of 2,500 x 1,600. Driver version used was 301.10. In the Heaven benchmark, with 4xAA/16xAF settings, GTX 690 scored 58.9 fps while the GTX 680 scored 31.1 fps. For Crysis 2 Ultra, the GTX 690 scored 57.8 fps while the GTX 680 scored 32.3 fps. In Dirt 3, with 8xAA/16xAF, the GTX 690 scored 111.2 fps, while the GTX 680 scored 62.3 fps. For performance, a higher number is better.

    (2) GTX 690 acoustic measurement was 47 dB versus 51 dB for the GTX 680 SLI. For acoustic testing, a lower number is better.



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