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
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
that design looks so damn sexy!
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#2
mrthanhnguyen
it is limited. hell yeah, limited people will buy it.
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#3
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: behemoth.
Who in their right mind would buy this?!

Better off buying 2 680s. I'm certainly interested in what ATI is going to do now with the 7990.
I don't see how that is. The GTX690 is 2 non gimped GTX680s except for clock speed was dropped a tiny bit one PCB for the same price as 2 GTX680s. Not to mention itll run cooler, its one card rather then 2 so you save space, and with 2 GTX680 your still limited to 2GB fo ram. In sli the ram doesnt add up its only the power, so with the GTX690 the ram actually does add up so you do get the extra 2GB of frame buffer for 4GB. Call me out if im wrong though. That was the case when i ran 2 GTX260s.
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#4
Prima.Vera
Nice. In Europe it will be more than 1000 Euros with all the shitty taxes included. And for what?! To play console ports that I can run in full details on my 5870 card??! LOL. Thanks, but no thanks.
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#5
Steevo
Your wrong. Still only 2GB.

Not even a paper launch. This is just a grab at news headlines by Nvidia. Reviewers dont have card, and 680s are hard to come by so why would this card be available in the forseeable future.


The only thing they have done is to allow ATI enough time to tweak the final specs on the 7990 to beat or match the performance.
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#6
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Steevo
Your wrong. Still only 2GB.

Not even a paper launch. This is just a grab at news headlines by Nvidia. Reviewers dont have card, and 680s are hard to come by so why would this card be available in the forseeable future.


The only thing they have done is to allow ATI enough time to tweak the final specs on the 7990 to beat or match the performance.
Forseeable future? There will be 680, 670, 660s and 690s on the shelves. Its not like theres never going to be any more GK104s available.
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#7
Shihabyooo
by: btarunr
Expected pricing is $999.
Expected by whom ?
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#8
eidairaman1
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
so its a fake! OMG WTL NV!:laugh::roll:

by: 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
considering your not paying for double the PCB or components on the PCB
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#9
Animalpak
They still planning that GTX 685 ?? For October
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#10
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Animalpak
They still planning that GTX 685 ?? For October
itll most likely be the GTX780 if its based on the GK110 silicon
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#11
Dj-ElectriC
the GK110 based GPU might be as fast as this dual-GPU card is... waiting patiently...
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#12
N3M3515
by: Frick
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".
They are not, NV and AMD just are greedy bastards that want to squeeze every single penny from us, FYI nvidia planned to sell GK104 at $299 before knowing it could compete with HD 7970.
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#13
N3M3515
by: 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
Exactly.

by: eidairaman1
considering your not paying for double the PCB or components on the PCB
+1
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#14
yapchagi
the benchmarks graphs don't look right. They're totally different. Look at Metro 2033 GTX 680 vs GTX 690, and then look at GTX 690 vs GTX 690 SLI. The number for GTX 690s are totally different for the exact same game, exact same resolution and settings.
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#15
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
I was reading over at [H] about the new cooler on this beast:

"Jen-Hsun Huang , president and CEO of NVIDIA, sent his best on a mission. That mission was to build the best dual GK104 video card they could. That mission has been successfully executed and what we have here today is the GeForce GTX 690.
GeForce GTX 690
Can you imagine a video card without any flimsy plastic parts? Now you can because the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 will not be composed of any cheap plastics. A heavy duty dual vapor chamber cooling system relying on heavily nickel plated finstacks will sweat what little heat these GPUs pump out. A cast aluminum frame with trivalent chromium plating gives the card a unique look and tremendous rigidity. An injection molded magnesium fan housing adds to the formidable stiffness of the card. A brand new thixomolding process was used to get the required part precision.
The fan housing is made from injection molded magnesium alloy. Magnesium alloys are used throughout the automotive and aerospace industry (including the engines of the Bugatti Veyron and F-22 Raptor) for their light weight, heat dissipation and acoustic dampening properties - which is the same reason we use it in the GTX 690.
Clear polycarbonate windows that let you peer inside. A center mounted axial fan with optimized fin pitch and air entry angles is a top quality unit used to move cool air through the finstack. While we have not gotten to hear the fan yet, we are told its controller is top notch, which will be underlined by the decibel specs below. A ducted baseplate works with the low profile PCB components. And that is just the cooling system. The GeForce GTX 690 thermal unit cost more than 3X more than NVIDIA has ever spent on thermal system for a retail video card before.
The PCB and its components were not overlooked in the process either. A 10 layer, 2oz. copper PCB is supplied sporting dual 1536 core GK104 "Kepler" silicon all being pushed by a 10 phase "heavy duty" power supply, all in a 300 watt TDP package. If you take a closer look at the PCB you will notice that all usually protruding components have been "shaved" to cut way down on turbulence, allowing better airflow throughout the GTX 690. Also the less turbulence we have, the less noise we have. An on board SLI bridge logic provides independent PCI-e 3.0 x16 access to both GPUs.

Clocks - Noise - RAM

NVIDIA tells us the sound profile of the GeForce GTX 690 will be 36db at idle and a mere 46db under full gaming load.

Base clock on the GeForce GTX 690 is what will be considered "low" by most [H]'ers at just 915MHz Base and 1015MHz Boost, but don't get your panties in a wad just quite yet. Here is the kicker. Being that this is the most expensive and exotic cooling system ever sold by NVIDIA, you think you would expect great overclocking and we are told that you exactly should expect great overclocking. 1300MHz was thrown around more than once while discussing this new GTX 690's overclocks.

Finally this will be the one specification that some will shake their heads at, but from what we have seen in our testing, RAM has not been bottleneck for the most part except in very stressful situations as you can see here in our GTX 680 SLI Review. The GeForce GTX 690 will carry with it 4GB of RAM utilizing a 512-bit GDDR5 infrastructure."

Source: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/28/geforce_gtx_690_perfection_inside_out
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#16
xenocide
That's actually an interesting read. I kind of agree with the strategy, if you're paying for the best single card solution, why not get increased quality along with top of the line performance? I could never afford such a card, but damn is that thing sexy, and I wish I could...
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#17
Delta6326
by: btarunr
Yes, TPU review(s) on May 07.
Darn I will be on vacation from May 5 to May 11 good thing I just got a smartphone with the TPU APP. :D
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#18
eidairaman1
we can only hope they provide a plate to hold the video card up.
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#20
alexsubri
So, I wonder if W1zz`s reviews will be accidentally leaked? Like the accidental leaked review of the 6950/6790s
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#21
Steevo
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by: nvidiaintelftw
Forseeable future? There will be 680, 670, 660s and 690s on the shelves. Its not like theres never going to be any more GK104s available.
And thats why the reviews only come out on the 7th of next month, and availability to follow by as long or longer before they are either sold out of the limited stock, or the price gouging begins.

This is like saying we have the fastest veyron, but you cant have one until the ultr rich have had thwm and moved on to something else, now be hally with just drooling over the specs and flamebaiting with news marks.
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#23
axis007
gtx 690 = overheat fail

What an overpriced, overheating, wasted of money. Seriously $1000 USD, here in Australia that will be more like $1200 + $$$$ what a bloody rip off.
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#24
Chappy
Too Expensive!

This is just too expensive and even if I have enough money to buy this I won't get this and just wait for GK112-110 or whatever upcoming next gen gpu...
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#25
Animalpak
by: Chappy
This is just too expensive and even if I have enough money to buy this I won't get this and just wait for GK112-110 or whatever upcoming next gen gpu...
Then you have to upgrade for PCI EX 3.0 support...
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