Sunday, April 29th 2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Launched

NVIDIA today announced the GeForce GTX 690, the world's fastest consumer graphics card -- with a bold industrial design to match. Powered by dual Kepler 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 cores, all working to deliver awesome gaming performance for ultimate gaming setups. Designed for the discriminating gamer and ultra-high-resolution, multimonitor NVIDIA Surround 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 running in NVIDIA SLI 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.
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111 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Launched

#1
mtosev
by: Capitan Harlock
i pray you joke,im italian and if you make the right conversion the price is 999€ for the shit iva at 21% here in italy its the shittest thing in the world have the same price for tax like mafia
order computer hardware from germany.comparing the prices in slovenia and germany stuff in germany costs 30% less on average.I ordered all of the hardware for my computer from germany and I saved about 300-350eur
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mtosev
by: HTC
I'll gladly use your 21% if you use my 23%: deal?
VAT rate standard VAT rate reduced
Azores (Portugal) imposto sobre o valor acrescentado (IVA)
16,0% 6,0%
u can always move to Azores:laugh:
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#3
Capitan Harlock
by: mtosev
order computer hardware from germany.comparing the prices in slovenia and germany stuff in germany costs 30% less on average.I ordered all of the hardware for my computer from germany and I saved about 300-350eur
oh thanks man xd its a good idea :toast:
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#4
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: N3M3515
I can bet you they can sell this card at $600 and still make a LOT of money.
I have no idea, but these cards are expensive to make. They kinda have to be. It would be interesting to know how much Nvidia "makes" for each card sold.

And @taxes: 25% here! But seriously taxation is also complex and it's not just "they're stealing our moneysss!!!!1!1!" because that's not how it works. Well Italy is in a bit of trouble because of that thing but if it works I'll gladly pay that 25% "extra".
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#5
vavyn


You not taking $999 from me..
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#6
H82LUZ73
by: erixx
Get the crowbar ready W1zzard! :) :) :)
I seen that promo PR pic and thought Oh Boy Nvidia is going to have Half Life 2 EP3 for the 690.....That is one sexy card ,But at $999 your better off buying 2 680 and be within 1-2 % performance wise to this.or be like most of us in the real world (I think the guys at Nvidia all think everyone is millionaires like them)And buy 2 7970 and be done with your graphics until Late June October when the refreshed models hit.
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#7
Yellow&Nerdy?
999$? Jesus. Why couldn't they make a dual GPU card with like two GTX 660 Ti's? It would still beat the GTX 680, while still having a reasonable price-tag.
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#8
W1zzard
by: erixx
Get the crowbar ready W1zzard! :) :) :)


the crowbar is tiny .. i doubt i could steal a chewing gum from downtown gangster kids with it. must be for asians with small hands
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#9
HTC
by: mtosev
VAT rate standard VAT rate reduced
Azores (Portugal) imposto sobre o valor acrescentado (IVA)
16,0% 6,0%
u can always move to Azores:laugh:
And come to work on my bike, like always, in the main land?
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#11
mtosev
@[USER=51238]HTC[/USER]
Find a job on Azores. Wiki says that the population of Azroes is 250.000.

Or you can move to another EU country that has lower taxes
Lux is a good place
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#12
Filiprino
Spain has a VAT of 18% for these kind of products (and not much longer ago, we had 16%). And know what? That doesn't make any difference on the final price. We've got the same prices as other countries with higher VATs, so if you have a business, it's better for you to buy from another country because then that country we'll have to make you a bigger payment of that VAT that the consumer has to pay.

The thing is that while 1 euro has a value of 1'33 USD dollars, the taxes don't go up to 33%. So yes, with their 1 euro = 1 usd policy they're charging an extra 15% on average, and that is without taking into account the taxes of USA, that although being lower, you also have VAT.

Apple for example does have different prices for Europe and for USA. And I think Dell also applies correctly the euro conversion.
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#14
MicroUnC
Do i have to upgrade to PCI-E 3.0 to use it properly, does anyone know???
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#16
TiN
Let's see what zombies can do with it :)
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#17
dude12564
At least the power connectors aren't piggybacked
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#18
Lionheart
by: MicroUnC
Do i have to upgrade to PCI-E 3.0 to use it properly, does anyone know???
You get a cookie for having David Icke as your DP :):toast:
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#19
ZoneDymo
Did anyone else spot the inconsistencies between the 2 performance graphs?
for example the first shows the GTX690 doing 80fps in bf3 while the second shows 70fps :S
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#20
the54thvoid
by: ZoneDymo
Did anyone else spot the inconsistencies between the 2 performance graphs?
for example the first shows the GTX690 doing 80fps in bf3 while the second shows 70fps :S
Well spotted. So already has a performance issue with consistency :p

Though it does look like a beautifully designed piece of work. It's a shame AMD don't put this much design effort into their cards.
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#21
grok23
by: the54thvoid
Well spotted. So already has a performance issue with consistency :p
This is of course yet another reminder that you should ALWAYS disregard any of the charts the companies release at launch detailing performance figures, because at best they're skewed and at worst they're outright made up by the marketing guys to make sure that the new product looks to be the best thing since sliced bread.
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#23
m1dg3t
:eek: WOW! $1k for a GPU. I don't ever recall seeing a card this expensive, I feel sorry for who ever buy's this (if it even becomes available). Typical Nvidia fleecing the market and over charging, this is BAD for end user's as it will only drive the prices up/keep the prices up for every other card. ATi will follow suit I'm sure :shadedshu

This card should be $650/$750 & top spec single GPU should be no more than $375/$400, plus taxxes of course :rolleyes:

Dual GPU board should NOT cost double it's single GPU counterpart

:o
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#24
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: MicroUnC
Do i have to upgrade to PCI-E 3.0 to use it properly, does anyone know???
Hrm, i think you might, but not sure, don't have single PCIe 3.0 card.


What I can say, is that I have noticed differences in PCIe 2.0 cards in x8x8 vs x16x16, but it's hard to quantify for comparison purposes. I know 100% for sure, PCIe bandwidth matters with three cards, so I assume that hte same woudl translate over to faster cards on PCIe 3.0.

Sometimes, it's not aobut the overbandwdith needed, but the number of channels the cards communicate with each other, and how they link into the CPU that can matter.

Mind you, i've been saying the same thing for a couple of years now, and not many agree with me. OH well. :p


$1000 price tag seems a bit high, would have preferred if I could buy for that, tax included!
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