Friday, November 23, 2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690

Why You'll Dig it:

The GeForce GTX 680 beat every other graphics card into submission when it was first released, but even that wasn't enough for Nvidia. It has now released an even more powerful card, the GTX 690, which teams two 680 GPUs on one 280mm-long board for a truly ridiculous amount of gaming grunt.

As is usual with dual-GPU cards, the cores have been clocked down a little, from the 1006MHz stock to 915MHz. Aside from this, little has changed. Nvidia's Turbo Boast technology remains, so that core clock adjusts every millisecond, hitting a peak of 967MHz at full load. Each GPU still has 2GB of 6008MHz GDDR5 RAM. There have been no architectural changes either, with the card packing a total of 3072 stream processors and just over seven billion transistors.

That power translated to ridiculous benchmark results. At Full HD, it clearly isn't pushed; its 73 fps the 1920x1080 Very High quality Crysis test isn't as far ahead as you might expect over the GTX 680's 57fps.

Crank up the resolution and detail, however, and the two cores get to work. At 2560x1600 its core barely dropped to 70fpsl the GTX680 and HD7970 ran through the same test at a significantly lower 42 fps.

Where To Get it?


Crysis 2 at 1920x1080 and Ultra settings saw the GTX 690 average 57fps, the same score as a single GTX 680. Again, though, at 2560x1600 the GTX 690 averaged 55fps, to its single-core stablemate's 33fps.

Given the luxury and speed, it's no surprise that the GTX 690 costs around US$1599. That's a ridiculous sum, and we can't recommend you pay it unless you're planning to game on three screens at the highest quality levels - that's the only real-world scenario where this card makes sense. Still, as an exercise designed to cement Nvidia's status as top dog in the graphics world, it does the trick. Your move, AMD.

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Product Details:

915 MHz GPU with 1019 MHz Boost Clock
4096 MB, 512 bit GDDR5 memory, 6008 MHz (effective)
3072 CUDA Cores
PCI-E 3.0 16x, DVI-I, DVI-I, DVI-D, Mini Display-Port interfaces
Requires minimum of a 650 Watt power supply, plus 2 available 8-pin PCI-E power dongles
Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 4.4 inches ; 4 pounds
Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
Graphics Coprocessor: GeForce GTX 600 Series

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