Discussion in 'Reviews' started by W1zzard, Apr 30, 2012.
nice review nice card but not price... i'm sure i don't lose money for it...
Go Green team! LOL
this thing is more than twice my GFX!
In less than 18 months...Sucks for me but...nothing just sucks for me....Great card
Amazing thing is that it uses almost 100W less than a 680 SLI setup while performing similar!
Well, when I see high price like this, I think I might keep my HD6950 1gb for a longer time if the GTX 670 doesn't go at a right price. I have this for over a years and it's still working fine in all games, and paid it 209$ (with the MIR) from powercolor... and the price never changed, the cheaper I see is sometimes XFX at 219$...
But that GTX 690 is a huge performer.. it is maybe better to buy a GTX 680, then wait for price drop, instead of buying that 1k card :/
Impressive card no doubt but the price is just shocking really. Where does this put the GK110 if it ever surfaces? AMD will only be able to "beat" this with the 7990 with price...going to be very hard to beat it with performance.
As i was saying, the price is the same everywhere ...
I think what is being overl......
Let me state first - Amazing card. No doubts. Perf/Watt God, simple as that.
I think what is being overlooked is that the GK104 chip was launched to just pip the 7970 in price. It was a strategic price level. Take the stock issue out of the equation and look at what marketing is involved.
AMD had to reduce price to make the 680 less attractive. I would say it achieved that. I can buy a 7970 for about £360 (and that's a Asus DCII). Cheapest available 680 is about £420, averaging £440 for basic models (I'm ignoring DABS, it never has stock).
If 7970 had launched at £350, the 680 would have too (or less). Nvidia launched the 680 to be in direct competition with the 7970. Remember it's not a white wash, the 7970 beats GK104 in a few fairly intensive titles.
So, now 7970 is about 70+ quid less than a 680 (with prices stuck), I'd say Nvidia are taking the piss.
However, the 690 isn't a standard dual gpu. It's not a 295 or a 590. It's a custom built vanilla! The 690 probably isn't far off the mark price wise. There's one in UK for <£800 (http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards+-+NVIDIA/GeForce+GTX+690). I don't think it is overpriced at all for what is an incredibly well manufactured and exotically built card.
I think the vanilla 680 is now terribly overpriced though.
Holy ass hammer batman!
I thought I got raped for 600.00..
Well I have to say, that if being raped, could be gauged in levels of enjoyment. I think I'll enjoy this rape, more so than any other time, I was raped...lol..
Ouch, found this elsewhere
Its over 70% faster than my GPU's
Already sold out at newegg
By the way . . . .. . . .. . $1200 , so, ausies get ready for a $1500 penetration.
Everyone who is complaining about the price of this card needs to realize that if you find it so outrageously priced then it is not a card for your market segment. It's price is relatively close to that of two 680's so where is their any problem other than what you make out of it? Not to mention that $999 is not that outrageous of a price point for a dual gpu card in reality, just in August - September of 2011 590's and 6990's where not that far off of the price of a 690 and just look at what the 690 offers in performance over them.
Question: is this card available @ $999 (retail, even if out of stock) anywhere?
If not, then the price @ this review needs fixing and so do the graphs regarding price / performance, @ least.
"not a card for your market segment" - In the video cards market segments this is a NEW market segment alltogether, the $1200 card market segment. *past the point of reason*
"What the GTX 690 offers in performance over older generation cards" isn't a fair comparison. Those cards where 40nm.
The price is that high because of the components of the cards imho, not because of the performance. Performance is at the most +70% of the GTX 680.
About GK110, from Toms hardware:
"I plied Nvidia for more information about a proper “Tank” in the GeForce GTX 600-series. Although the company’s representatives were deliberately vague about the existence of another GPU, they clearly indicated that GeForce GTX 690 wouldn’t be eclipsed any time soon. Personally, I’d be surprised to see anything based on a higher-end GPU before Q4. "
I'd like to see twin uncut, unthrottled GK110's - I reckon there won't be a CPU fast enough to keep up with them. Also, I wouldn't be surprised to see Asus bring out a MARS card based on two GK110's for something like $2000. That would make for an interesting review.
Oh man saw that one listed on EGG; it was $1200... 20% over can you say "super gouge me"!
And those guys will brag... At least it could have Jen-Hsun Huang autograph on it for that price!
While What... that EVGA is saying a 3 Year Warranty! Would never thought that... and could never drop that amount for that.
For-get-about it! :shadedshu
Sorry if my statement was not clear, I was not using the actual performance of the 690 as a justification of its price merely that not long ago people were forking over that kind of money for 590's and 6990's. Also you saying that it is a new market segment is not entirely true since 590's and 6990's have not been far off the $999 cost of the 690 while the ASUS Mars II was well past it. If people could justify paying that much for a card a generation ago then it is not a far stretch for them to do the same now especially when the dual gpu card of this generation so closely mirrors the performance of 680's in SLI.
$1,200 For a video card.. Lol.
Sorry, can't get overly excited about the "news" that a multi-GPU exhibits microstutter more pervasively than a single card. Seems to have shock value but little context.
Here's ComputerBase's microstutter analysis:
If anything, I'd say that the GTX 690 is somewhat of an improvement over what is already in the marketplace- especially as SS3 seems to be a worst case scenario for microstutter.
"New Tax" from etailer - that sounds a bit far fetched if you ask me
How many other graphic card vendors offer warranty's longer than 3 years ?
now it becomes $601 budget for me to hanging around
I'm still waiting for 4 GPUs (on one circuit board) Video Card Hope some company gives it a try.
3DFX did back in the day until........
"3dfx Interactive was a company that specialized in the manufacturing of 3D graphics processing units and, later, graphics cards. It was a pioneer in the field for several years in the late 1990s until 2000 when it underwent one of the most high-profile demises in the history of the PC industry. It was headquartered in San Jose, California until, on the verge of bankruptcy, many of its intellectual assets (and many employees) were acquired by its rival, Nvidia. 3dfx Interactive filed for bankruptcy on October 15, 2002" from Wikipedia.
Now you've gone and made me pull out my voodoo5 again.....
Pity 3dfx management wasted them, even more of a pity that Nvidia did nothing with most of the tech they aquired from 3dfx.
I don't know if todays gpus could be that closely packed to gether. It would be quite a bit of heat and a lot of power running through one card.
A question I don't know the answer to, would pcie 3.0 be able to transfer that much data for 4 gpus on one x16 connection?
Doubt 7990 will beat this monster in games, unless AMD does something radical.
However, 7970 is a versatile card (GPGPU, Double Precision etc), GTX680 (and 690 ofcourse) is only (very) good at gaming.
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