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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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By Pirks on 4/29/2012 10:47:16 PM , Rating: 3
With consolization (low graphics quality) of all the modern PC games what can you play on it? The Witcher or something? The game that even ancient Radeon 5870 will render with superspeed anyway?

By Qapa on 4/30/2012 9:16:43 AM , Rating: 2
your title for this post is wrong:
if you ask people who buy that, neither "useless" nor "waste" are real words... :)

By retrospooty on 4/30/2012 4:07:56 PM , Rating: 2
"With consolization (low graphics quality) of all the modern PC games what can you play on it? "

Pretty much all of them. The cosoles are dumbed down on graphics quality (especially high res textures) to match the 5 year old hardware it was designed on, but PC games aren't. They look amazing...

With that said though, I do think this one is overkill. a std 690 would be plenty.

By MrBlastman on 5/1/2012 11:11:38 AM , Rating: 2
I stopped caring about graphics quality a long time ago (around 2003). All I care about is gameplay quality, which has SUBSTANTIALLY gone downhill in the last decade.

A remake of the original System Shock? I get giddy thinking about it, but shudder to witness what it would look like given the pathetic wrestling around designers are given by the "suits"-- oh, sorry, more like a chokehold they are put in.

If System Shock were remade right now, it'd have regenerating health, a single movement key--Forward, one action key that has limitless popup messages telling you when to use it and... to top things off... the final battle with Shodan would consist of nothing more than a cutscene with maybe a single yes/no question (the question would consist of one word to compensate for the decline in literacy and would be abbreviated due to heavy use of "txting" speak--something like... "Kll?" "Y/N?")

So, what's the point in buying a card like this? None. I'd rather take that cash and buy vintage synth equipment and play old games that were "games" with them... enjoying them in complete, auditory pleasure.

By TakinYourPoints on 5/1/2012 11:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
FPS are a dead-end right now, almost completely bled dry of creativity or depth.

All I've really been playing lately are Starcraft 2 and the DOTA 2 beta. Both of those games give the player a lot to chew on.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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