Quick Note: NVIDIA Serves Up $999, Dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690
April 29, 2012 7:04 AM
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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
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4/29/2012 7:42:08 PM
I could not disagree more with what you are saying. I don't see how you can say that they are on the edge of a monopoly when AMD holds the cards right now with pricing and availability.
Specifically "Just like Intel's CPU's. Most of the newest benchmarks don't even look at AMD comparisons, only against Intel's other CPU's." Where on earth do you see this? Any notable review/benchmark site ie (Tomshardware, Anandtech, Overclockers3d, Legitreviews, etc) all use AMD processors in their respective benchmarks.
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