NVIDIA’s CEO Jen Hsun Huang revealed the company’s upcoming dual-GPU powered, flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 690. The new GTX 690 uses dual Kepler GPUs on a single board, which will surely make it the fastest card on the market when it’s released on May 3. Compared to the single-GPU GTX 680, NVIDIA says that performance nearly doubles in most gaming situations. The GTX 690 is powered by 3,072 CUDA cores running at a base clock rate of 915 MHz and a boosted clock rate of 1019 MHz. The card will have a total of 4GB of 512-bit GDDR5 RAM.
GeForce GTX 690 is truly a work of art — gorgeous on the outside with amazing performance on the inside,” said 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.”
The GTX 690 graphics card is designed using GeForce GPUs based on NVIDIA’s 28-nanometer Kepler architecture, following the introduction late last month of the GTX 680. The outer frame is made from trivalent chromium-plated aluminum, while you’ll find thixomolded magnesium alloy around the fan for vibration reduction and added cooling. Aiding in cooling even further, the unit also sports a dual vapor chamber and center-mounted fan.
In terms of power requirements, the GTX 690 will use a pair of 8-pin connectors and will have a TDP of 300 watts – actually not that high consider the TDP of the GTX 680 is 195 watts on its own. It is obvious that NVIDIA is going to be pulling the very best chips for this card, those that can run at clock speeds over 1 GHz with minimal leakage.
Nvidia promises limited availability of the GeForce GTX 690 on May 3rd, followed by wider distribution by add-in board partners starting from May 7th. Pricing is set at an eye-watering $999.
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