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April 30, 2012

Nvidia says its new GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GPU video card is the fastest consumer graphics c...

Nvidia says its new GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GPU video card is the fastest consumer graphics card ever

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Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang chose his keynote address at the Nvidia Game Festival in Shanghai last week to unveil the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GPU video card. Powered by dual 28 nm Kepler architecture-based GeForce GPUs, the GTX 690 delivers what Huang claims is, “the highest performance of any graphics card in history.”

Packing a total of 3,072 CUDA parallel processing cores, Nvidia says the GTX 690 delivers close to double the frame rates of the single GPU GTX 680 introduced just last month and is also more power efficient and quieter than an SLI connected dual GTX 680 setup – take that early adopters.

With a look designed to appeal to those who like to have the innards of their rig on display, the card features a trivalent chromium-plated aluminum exterior frame for strength and durability, and a fan housing made from thixomolded magnesium alloy that offers improved heat dissipation and vibration dampening.

Nvidia has paid attention to the exterior as well as the interior of the GTX 690

The unit’s 10-phase, heavy-duty power supply and 10-layer, two-ounce copper printed circuit board promise high power efficiency with less resistance, lower power and less heat generation. Dual vapor chambers, a nickel-plated finstack and center-mounted axial fan with optimized fin pitch and air entry angles keep the card cool, while the low-profile components and ducted baseplate channels provide an unobstructed airflow to minimize turbulence and keep the noise down.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GPU video card will be available in limited quantities from May 3, ahead of more widespread availability on May 7. Expect to shell out US$999 to enjoy that high frame rate, high resolution eye candy.

Source: Nvidia

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7 Comments

Huang claims is, “the highest performance of any graphics card in history.”

But of course a new product has to outdo an old graphics card. What's new in this?

Gautam Gupta
30th April, 2012 @ 02:41 am PDT

I am perplexed with all this high tech stuff.... like exactly WHAT do you need such a high performance card for? I mean there MAY be SOME legitimate needs, but for most people on most computers - engaged in real world work.... ummmm What would one have to do to MAX that video card out? and with what?

Rendering a 2000 Gig 3D image of an entire galaxy in one arm of the milky way?

Yeah.... I think that would stress most things....

But aside from that?

Mr Stiffy
30th April, 2012 @ 09:09 am PDT

What frame rate are we up to now? And if heat is such a problem, why not use Thermo-Electric (Peltier) coolers on the chips and then some gold plated copper/silver fins running convection or liquid cooling? Seriously, for a cool grand, this thing could have better material components.

Charles Bosse
30th April, 2012 @ 10:38 am PDT

And how much can you overclock this, I mean seriously maxing out the max. And add this in tri SLI configuration. But the graphics company is way ahead of Intel. Good luck, I've had great times with nvidia graphics cards.

Dawar Saify
30th April, 2012 @ 05:15 pm PDT

Here are some examples Gautam Guptah..

Photographers working on 36+ megapixel images with multiple layers in Photoshop, video rendering of full HD video files, complex indesign or illustrator documents, Flash Animations, Gamers playing on high resolution screens (which is now more common as they have come down in price), 3D multimedia machines attached to large 3D HDTVs (also becoming more common).. the list is huge and I would suggest you should rethink what a typical user is nowadays.

Tony Lin
30th April, 2012 @ 10:01 pm PDT

@Tony Lin - Thanks for the info.

Mr Stiffy
1st May, 2012 @ 02:31 am PDT

What about the Micro Stutter issue which involves both Nvidia and ATI/AMD Dual GPU cards - has this been fixed or even addressed?

trinary system
1st May, 2012 @ 06:09 pm PDT
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