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A Crate at TechPowerUp's Doorstep

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#1
A little earlier this month, NVIDIA spent quite some money on premium courier to send us a package that wasn't exactly light. On opening it, we found a fun-size steel crowbar with an NVIDIA logo inscribed on it, and a message that read "for use in case of zombies or..." which was pretty cryptic. We thanked NVIDIA for the back-scratching tool, and got back to work. While Gabe Newell made the crowbar a pop-culture symbol, there is only one socially-acceptable use of this otherwise boring tool: opening wooden crates, which were used to ship stuff overseas, before modern containers came to be. One such crate made its way to our doorstep, not floating over the sea, but gliding its way over the Autobahn aboard another expensive "same day" courier.

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Brilliant marketing, you lucky people.
 
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i wish it would be my address lol ..
 
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I'm not much for marketing and fanfare, but that's pretty frickin' sweet.

Also, in the building trades, that is referred to as a "Wonder Bar" not a crowbar:)
 
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Woah.
 
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That is one sexy card..
 

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The GeForce GTX thingie on the top lights up.
 
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Seen the crate on the facebook profile of another hardware website. I immediately thought.. nVidia!!!. And then i saw the crowbar.. and then i remebered the gtx590 box. So GTX690 it is.
 
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ahahahhaa ... wow :eek: that's awesome crate
 
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I'm not much for marketing and fanfare, but that's pretty frickin' sweet.

Also, in the building trades, that is referred to as a "Wonder Bar" not a crowbar:)
Also called a flat bar too!
 

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Who do I have to kill to get one?
 
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As for prices, NVIDIA informed us that apart from its US MSRP of US $999, Britons will be staring at a £829 price-tag, and continental Eurozone buyers at 829€ (excl. VAT). Expect a thorough performance review on May 03.
They've made this ultra high end then. It's not a dual gpu like the 590 or 6990 are. It's a design statement like an Apple product or Bling watch. I can understand the pricing given the materials but it has to make you wonder how many they will be producing?

But that price is an absolute joke. If AMD get their shit together and release the 7990 for a shade under x2 the cost of a 7970 (maybe even <£700), we might get a better value proposition from them.

By pricing and designing it this way, they have made their own Asus Mars III. I don't think the partners will do much with it.
 
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Gtx 680, gtx 690, gtx 590, hd 6990
 

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I really don't think the price is that bad given what it is. As the54thvoid said: It's a statement.
 
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Thats is AWESOME!!! I would so buy one if it came with a crow bar and wooden crate.:rockout:

I hope this thing stays cool with all that awesomeness, to bad no backplate...


can't wait for your review!
 
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nice! :rockout:
 

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The power connection is side by side and not stacked?
 

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Very nice card, appearance-wise.
 
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OK. I'm getting one just for the "Wunderbar".




Just kidding. Getting a crow bar at the local hardware shop so I can break into some place to steal the money to buy this card...




...sadly, still joking.
 

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#25
hefboom :p

All jokes aside.. I want this card! :toast: