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
Melvis
Ive gone off Nvidia this last few yrs with there cards, but DAM that card is sexy, lets hope it doesn't blow up like the 590 did ;)
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#3
NHKS
personally, great looks & the best detailing i have seen for a 'reference' card (i doubt there will be any custom cooled designs from AIBs as with the 590), but I would have preferred darker metallic shade to the chromium shade...
& the new GEFORCE GTX logo glows! :cool:

here is the pcb back face


curiously, there doesn't seem to be a back plate for this card (590 had it).. I don't see any photos showing with it.. wouldn't a card of this length need it?

since available boost depends on temp/power draw of gpu.. i wonder how nvidia has placed logic to consider the TDP of both GPUs to control the 'boost' in tandem

the 999 pricing is confirmed(straight from nV)
"At a MSRP of $999, it's not a graphics card for everyone. But for enthusiasts who demand the very best and gamers who want a graphics card that will last for generations, the GeForce GTX 690 represents the ultimate in gaming from NVIDIA."
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#4
Recus
by: axis007
What an overpriced, overheating, wasted of money. Seriously $1000 USD, here in Australia that will be more like $1200 + $$$$ what a bloody rip off.
Because in Australia 1/2 population is crocodiles.

On topic: Best reference design I ever seen. :cool:
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#5
Nihilus
Since when was it ok to charge double for a dual gpu card? Nvidia needs to get their heads out of the asses and realease the GTX 660/670s already. AMD is happily cleaning house with their line up. I bought Nvidia stock for $15 a share last month thinking the only place to go was up.....
.....it is now under $13/ share. At least i cleaned house with AMD when i bought for $4.30 share and the sold last month at just under $7 /share. Nvidia is a piss poor ran company and that shows since Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft want nothing to do with them.
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xenocide
by: Nihilus
Since when was it ok to charge double for a dual gpu card? Nvidia needs to get their heads out of the asses and realease the GTX 660/670s already. AMD is happily cleaning house with their line up. I bought Nvidia stock for $15 a share last month thinking the only place to go was up.....
.....it is now under $13/ share. At least i cleaned house with AMD when i bought for $4.30 share and the sold last month at just under $7 /share. Nvidia is a piss poor ran company and that shows since Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft want nothing to do with them.
For starters, Dual-GPU cards are generally very close to twice the price of their single equivalents (HD6970 was $370, HD6990 was $700), the reason they are usually a tad under, is because traditionally they are cut down versions of their individual selves or ran at lower clock speeds than an individual card to keep power consumption and heat generation down. Not sure why people are surprised this card is around $1000 when the individual GPU's were at $500. If you OC the GTX690 to the same clock speeds as the GTX680, I'm sure you'd get pretty much identical scaling as an SLi setup, maybe better.

As for the Console makers ditching them, at the time AMD had better products in terms of Power Consumption and Heat Generation. Fermi was poorly designed all things considered, and just wouldn't work well in Consoles. No shocker there. I think Kepler would be excellent for Consoles, but they are too far into development to just up and change the GPU configurations.

You guys make it sound like IntelNvidia are these beings of pure evil that had people paid to sodomize Rory Reed's family several times over. Quit sensationalizing everything to make everyone who's not AMD seem so terrible.
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#7
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: axis007
What an overpriced, overheating, wasted of money. Seriously $1000 USD, here in Australia that will be more like $1200 + $$$$ what a bloody rip off.
You must know something that everyone else doesn't. Seeing how even the GTX590 didn't overheat and it had 2 GPUs that run hotter then GK104. THe GTx690 also seems to have a better cooling design, not to mention quality in the construction of the card.
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#8
techtard
Too bad most game publishers are stuck on last gen 32-bit/Dx9.0c.
This is both aesthetically and a technically awesome product. But only a handful of games are going to take advantage of the power.
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#9
N3M3515
by: xenocide
For starters, Dual-GPU cards are generally very close to twice the price of their single equivalents (HD6970 was $370, HD6990 was $700), the reason they are usually a tad under, is because traditionally they are cut down versions of their individual selves or ran at lower clock speeds than an individual card to keep power consumption and heat generation down. Not sure why people are surprised this card is around $1000 when the individual GPU's were at $500. If you OC the GTX690 to the same clock speeds as the GTX680, I'm sure you'd get pretty much identical scaling as an SLi setup, maybe better.

As for the Console makers ditching them, at the time AMD had better products in terms of Power Consumption and Heat Generation. Fermi was poorly designed all things considered, and just wouldn't work well in Consoles. No shocker there. I think Kepler would be excellent for Consoles, but they are too far into development to just up and change the GPU configurations.

You guys make it sound like IntelNvidia are these beings of pure evil that had people paid to sodomize Rory Reed's family several times over. Quit sensationalizing everything to make everyone who's not AMD seem so terrible.
all that is true BUT why pay 200% price for 160% performance?
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#10
techtard
by: N3M3515
all that is true BUT why pay 200% price for 160% performance?
Convenience, the fact that it only takes one pci-e slot.
People who buy top end enthusiast gear usually don't care about price.
That's why Intel sells extreme CPUs for $999 and Asus sells Mars and Ares GPUs for $1000+.
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#11
Rickkins
by: entropy13
Still too expensive. :laugh:

A $999 price would mean a $1200 price (converted) over here.
Seriously....a vid card for a grand...???

Not in this lifetime.
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