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Nvidia Unveils GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GPU Monster Graphics Card


Nvidia GeForce GTX 690
Nvidia GeForce GTX 690

Nvidia has today unveiled (or should that be unleashed) its latest top of the range graphics card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690. Packing in two 28nm Kepler GPUs, the card sports a unique premium design and costs a whopping $1,000!

Following the recent launch of its GeForce GTX 680 card, which uses a single Kepler core, the new card is by far and away the fastest graphics card on the planet, nearly doubling the performance of the GTX 680. What's more you can link two of them together in a 'quad' SLI configuration for truly bonkers performance.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 690

The company quotes some benchmark figures for the card running both on its own and with a second card, and the figures are quite astonishing. Running at 2,560 x 1,600 with 4xAA and 16xAF you'll get 80fps in Battlefield 3 with a single card or 120fps with two. In Crysis 2 you'll get just over 60fps and just under 100fps respectively!

Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 - Game Performance vs GTX 680

Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 - Game Performance vs quad SLI

As well as packing in the performance Nvidia is also keen to point out the new card will be quiet and power efficient thanks to a specially designed new fan and cooling system. The card also sports a number of unique and premium elements, including clear polycarbonate windows above the heatsinks, a thixomolded magnesium alloy fan housing and matt-chromium plated aluminium case.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 - Cooling

Launching May 3rd, along with a certain other highly anticipated product, you'll have to have seriously deep pockets to bag yourself one of these but if you do you can probably guarantee you won't have to upgrade for years to come.

Going to pick yourself up one of these cards or is it just a little too rich for your tastes? Let us know in the comments.


April 30, 2012, 12:23 am

Is it wrong to want this card, even though I think it's an overpriced extravagance - I have no need of its high frame-rates, and I'd have to sell a kidney to afford it?

I think it's the looks that do it for me - why can't mid-range graphics cards look this good. And it's irrational, as once the card's inside your case, you'll never see it again. Though isn't that what the best tech does - makes you lust after objects you neither need or can afford.


April 30, 2012, 9:38 am

Am i going mad or do those two performance graphs contradict each other? Not one of the GTX 690 scores is the same. In the top graph the single 690 runs Metro 2033 at over 60 fps but in the bottom one it manages only half that. I'll be generous and put it down to a mix-up with the labels...

Hamish Campbell

April 30, 2012, 12:30 pm

It's a mad world when what's inside the case looks cooler than the outside.

My gaming consists currently of Where's my Water on my android phone. Wonder what framerates I could get on that ?


April 30, 2012, 1:50 pm

Nvidia appears to have removed the second graph from its press release, suggesting there is some mistake. I'll see what's what.


April 30, 2012, 2:09 pm

Definitely worth having if you're playing games in 3d+surround i.e. spanned across 3 monitors. Otherwise, the 680 is the way to go.


May 2, 2012, 9:18 am

Cheers Ed

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