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Price of entry is high, but so is the payoff

NVIDIA today unleashed a graphics card that is sure to whet the appetites of hardcore PC gamers around the world. Unfortunately, the price of entry is so high that only those with massive amounts of disposable income will be likely to take the plunge. 
The new GeForce GTX 690 uses dual Kepler GPUs on a single board. Compared to the single-GPU GTX 680, NVIDIA says that performance nearly doubles in most gaming situations. The GTX 690 is of course built on a 28nm process and brings with it 3,072 CUDA cores. 
For the truly insane gamers, two GTX 690s can be paired in SLI mode for some quad-core graphics goodness. 
"The GTX 690 is truly a work of art -- gorgeous on the outside with amazing performance on the inside," doted 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."
All of this performance comes at a cost, however. The GTX 690 will have an MSRP of $999 when it launches in limited quantities on May 3 -- wider availability will come on May 7.  

Quad-core SLI goodness

Source: NVIDIA

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Perfect Timing
By mindless1 on 4/29/2012 2:59:46 PM , Rating: 2
Now when you have the electrician come over to put in your car EV charging circuit, you can have him rewire your gaming room to allow use of these.

RE: Perfect Timing
By Skywalker123 on 4/30/2012 9:01:49 AM , Rating: 2
Why? The 690 uses less juice than the 590

RE: Perfect Timing
By mindless1 on 4/30/2012 3:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
^ You feel most SLI 590 users are going to spend another $2K to upgrade to this? I'm betting otherwise, that it'll be a new group of customers needing more power.

RE: Perfect Timing
By Skywalker123 on 5/1/2012 9:44:40 PM , Rating: 2
Who said anything about 590 users upgrading, I was addressing your irrelevant and wrong power requirements.

RE: Perfect Timing
By mindless1 on 5/2/2012 9:33:08 PM , Rating: 2
and you'd be wrong. That something uses less power than something else is in no way a proof that someone buying a product that uses more power than THEY did previously, because they had some lesser card not the 590, would not have to consider the additional power used.

Hello logic?

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