Nvidia unveils GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GPU video card
By Darren Quick
April 30, 2012
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.
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.