Nvidia uncorks world’s fastest video card, the GeForce GTX 690

Well, folks, the mysterious "it" is finally here. Today at the GeForce LAN and Nvidia Gaming Festival event in Shanghai, China, Nvidia pulled the curtains back on what should be the fastest graphics card the world has seen to date. The GeForce GTX 690 will feature dual GK104 chips, just like those used in the GeForce GTX 680. Two of them together on a single card will team up to deliver roughly twice the theoretical peak performance of a single GTX 680.

Most of the GTX 690’s dossier reads like the spec sheet for a pair of GTX 680s in SLI. The card has dual GK104 chips, based on the Kepler architecture, with all units enabled for 3072 total shader ALUs. Onboard is 4GB of memory, or 2GB dedicated to each GPU, running at 6 GT/s, the same speed as on the 680.

GPU clock frequencies are only slightly lower than a discrete GTX 680’s. Nvidia it expects the GTX 690 to perform very similarly to two GTX 680s in SLI, and the firm estimates the GTX 690 will be between 25% and 65% faster than the prior-generation dually, the GeForce GTX 590. Since the GK104 is a more power-efficient chip, Nvidia anticipates the GTX 690 will be 1.5-2X more power efficient than its predecessor, as well.

Perhaps even more impressive than the specifications, which aren’t far from what one might have expected, is the card’s design. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang reputedly directed the GTX 690 design team to build the best graphics card possible, and the product does indeed appear to set some new standards for materials and workmanship in the sometimes-staid world of PC graphics cards. The attention to detail is obvious in the GTX 690’s cooling shroud, where the usual glossy plastics have been banished. The lighter-colored outer portions of the shell are fashioned from chromium-plated aluminum, and the inner portion surrounding the cooling fan is made of magnesium. On either side of the fan are clear polycarbonate windows revealing the nickel-plated heatsink fins beneath. We’re quite pleased to see a premium-class product from a major GPU maker adopt premium-class materials, which are a rarity even among aftermarket cards.

Nvidia says much attention has been paid to the GTX 690’s acoustics, as well. Not only is the fan a top-quality spinner, but the PCB beneath the cooler has been flattened to reduce turbulence via the use of extremely low-profile capacitors. The result is a dual-GPU offering that is purportedly quieter than most of the firm’s single-GPU solutions.

 

Of course, products made with premium materials don’t tend to come cheap, and the GTX 690 will be no exception.The list price will be double the GeForce GTX 680’s, or roughly a grand, give or take a few pennies. You’ll also need a PSU capable of feeding its dual 8-pin power inputs, necessary to match the card’s 300W max power rating. We’d expect many GTX 690 owners to be sporting multiple monitors, as well, to be fed by its array of three dual-link DVI ports, along with a single mini-DisplayPort output.

Nvidia has done something notable by nearly matching the speeds of two GTX 680s in SLI. Given the power and thermal constraints involved, we’re dubious about whether AMD can build a Tahiti-based solution to match. Although the Radeon HD 7970 performs quite similarly to the GTX 680, the Tahiti GPU is larger, draws more power, and has 50% more memory channels to feed. Then again, Tahiti’s larger memory capacity and additional bandwidth could prove to be an asset at very high resolutions, so perhaps only time will tell.

The GeForce GTX 690 should be available in limited quantities on May 3, with wider availability planned for May 7.

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    • shank15217
    • 7 years ago

    All AMD has to do is make a card with two 7870 gpus, clock them at 1200 Mhz and put some high quality gddr5 memory at 5.4 GHz and sell the thing at $650 and it would wipe the floor with 7970 and 680 and be the most compelling single card worth spending money on.

      • ish718
      • 7 years ago

      Only in games with good crossfire support that is.

    • Unknown-Error
    • 7 years ago

    God she’s a beauty – [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAHTh2EVfyU[/url<]

    • Auril4
    • 7 years ago

    OMG!! You still use a PC to play games!?!?!? How sad.
    That was basically the response I got when I asked about Dirt 3 and where the PC games were in the two stores that sell them in the mall.
    Made me wonder a little bit why these cards are still made.

      • shank15217
      • 7 years ago

      Sounds like those stores have some really clueless people.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 7 years ago

    More NVidia vaporware.
    Your F5 finger will get worn to the bone trying to buy one I suspect.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    I owned a Dual GPU… it sucked. I’m over the idea of a dual GPU. I’d rather do crossfire/sli than this option.

    • ew
    • 7 years ago

    Another observation for those that actually will spend $1k on this generation. For $956.82 Newegg will ship out two 7970s today with next day shipping. There are currently no 680s in stock.

    • swaaye
    • 7 years ago

    I was hoping for the big chip to arrive. They must be having more trouble with it than they did with Fermi vs 40nm.

    • ew
    • 7 years ago

    Considering how fast graphics cards depreciate in value it would be a pretty bad move to purchase a card this expensive.

    • ew
    • 7 years ago

    Nvidia has now cornered the epeen market. I don’t think most people will care.

    • can-a-tuna
    • 7 years ago

    Is this a collectors item only for most psychotic nvidia-freaks?

    • Decelerate
    • 7 years ago

    Didn’t they make a teaser of a teaser for this (“this is the [b<]it's coming[/b<] thing, right?), complete with countdown? I would've expected a SLI-ed SLI (or SLI^2) type of tech for the amount of hype generated. At least the insane price matches my expectations.

    • RtFusion
    • 7 years ago

    Heh, I think many of us had suspicions that it would be their dual GPU flagship, the GTX 690. I was personally hoping for either their GK110 or “Big Kepler” with some 4GB GDDR5 and maybe a 512-bit memory bus as well as higher clocks. Others were hoping for their mid-range parts (that was also my other hope for this event) like a GTX 670/660 (or whatever numbering system they will use for their midrange stuff).

    Even though nVidia wants the spotlights on their new big toy, many people who want GTX 680’s are STILL waiting for the counters to go from “Back Ordered”, “Out of Stock”, “Not Available”, “Shipping when Available”, to some sort of amount for people to actually have their hands on one.

    And then nVidia goes off and uses two GK104s that are really hard to get and slaps them onto an “SLI-on-a-stick” board and promises better availability 4 days after their “Limited Quantities” date.

    It’s already really hard to find some GTX 680’s, I can’t imagine how long people will have to wait (for those who really want one or two or four {can you really plug more than 2 GTX 690s together or any sort of dual-GPU video card?}) to get their hands on these GTX 690’s.

    • ish718
    • 7 years ago

    Behold! The Geforce GTX 690, the most elusive video card to date.

    • spigzone
    • 7 years ago

    Fierce pricing competition incoming!

    JHH has obviously decided to re-focus on the AIB market with a vengeance with an eye to re-establish the Nvidia Mystique and take back some market share with serious pricing competition.

    Being a man of modest means I have my eye set on a sub $200 Windforce 7870 by my June birthday.

    Me happy.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 7 years ago

    So the speculation of a more powerful single chip card was wrong. This is the direction nvidia is going. Guess they can’t hype compute anymore as a feature. I’ll be looking at amd this time around, provided there isn’t any big discounts on older nvidia cards.

      • khands
      • 7 years ago

      I think gk110 might be a workstation only gpu at this point.

    • mcnabney
    • 7 years ago

    I’m pretty sure you would have to be pushing 4k resolutions to even come close to justifying this much GPU power.

    I sure as hell won’t be buying Nvidia again, since they can’t seem to figure out how to get their drivers to work correctly when sending audio through HDMI to an A/V receiver. 30% of the time that I wake my HTPC up it loses the audio completely, forcing a reboot.

    In fact, anyone want to buy a 560ti in the KC area for $100?

      • phez
      • 7 years ago

      Why are you using a 560ti in a HTPC?

        • Washer
        • 7 years ago

        Why not besides the problem he’s experiencing? Lots of people like to game on their TV using their HTPC.

          • dpaus
          • 7 years ago

          Next week I hope to finish building my new HTPC, which’ll sport a 7850 for gaming. It’s likely overkill for the type of gaming I do, LOL

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah. You’re almost 1000. Its probably pong, or chess. Hahhaha you old man.

        • mcnabney
        • 7 years ago

        Because I play games on it. I have no dexterity in my thumbs, so I have never been able to game on consoles. I have a Wii, but those games don’t really compare.

      • maxxcool
      • 7 years ago

      You also forgot the TDR bug… which is a hardware issue there not fessing up to…

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    So, a $999 graphics card, a $999 extreme edition CPU, and a $999 PCIe SSD. Awesome.

    Now, where can I get that $999 mobo?

      • Farting Bob
      • 7 years ago

      It’s a shame that RAM is so cheap!

        • shank15217
        • 7 years ago

        Lol no it’s not, ram is the most expensive part of a computer, you’re not looking hard enough 😉 try a search of 32GB dimms and then get back to me.

          • SPOOFE
          • 7 years ago

          Two hundred bucks?

          EDIT: Oh I see, 32 gig dimms, not kits. Gotcha. Yeah, I see, more like three grand. Nice call. 😀

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 7 years ago

      One each [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121609<]$721 Intel motherboard[/url<] Two each [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117272<]$1900 Intel processors[/url<] One (or more) [url=http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/article-keynote/<]$1000 NVidia graphics card(s)[/url<] One (or more) [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227742<]$3150 OCZ SSD[/url<] One each [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703012<]$464 PP&C power supply[/url<] Yikes!

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Now, where can I get that $999 mobo?[/quote<] Send me $999 and I'll get you the motherboard!

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Good one!

    • beck2448
    • 7 years ago

    It’s a beautiful piece of gear, no doubt. Kudos to nvidia for upgrading materials.

      • Sunburn74
      • 7 years ago

      Agreed. Remember what we had with AMD on the last round of cards: they made little to no attempt to push GPU performance forward, and depending on the card even took steps backwards. This card may well beyond what I will need for today, but I have to applaud Nvidia for continuing to innovate and push for new limits and to set new standards.

        • ptsant
        • 7 years ago

        So you’re implying that the 7970 is not faster than the 6970? And a 7990 (as useless as that can be) is already anounced.

          • Joerdgs
          • 7 years ago

          I think he meant the HD5000 -> HD6000 jump. That one wasn’t very spectacular.

        • Washer
        • 7 years ago

        Doing exactly what everyone expected is innovative? I’m sorry but dual GPU cards are boring. They’ve been around at the high end the last few generations. Everyone knew this card was coming.

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    So it’s not ‘Big Kepler’ after all, it’s ‘just’ two 680s on a card – a product that AMD can (power considerations aside) address, maybe even ‘beat’, with dual Tahitis with more aggressive clocks. Nvidia waits for them to do so, and [i<]then[/i<] brings out 'Big Kepler' if it's needed to re-capture the performance crown. I'll bet Jen-Hsun Huang plays a mean game of chess.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]I'll bet Jen-Hsun Huang plays a mean game of chess.[/quote<] So, we are the pawns?

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        In the interests of civility, I’ll ask you to refrain from speculating who the queens are.

      • clone
      • 7 years ago

      big kepler would have heat issues much like GTX 590 did, what you see is likely the best you’ll get.

      performance isn’t free.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 7 years ago

      But did they even need to release a product like this? Nvidia already has the performance crown, AMD’s price cut showed that.

        • ptsant
        • 7 years ago

        The price cuts are intended to align price per performance, rather than absolute performance.

      • ptsant
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, but the performance crown only matters to the 1% who can buy that kind of stuff. Right now, AMD has a whole RANGE of next-gen cards and Nvidia has a boutique top-level product. That does not necessarily bring profit, even if the prices are absurd. We could argue about the marketing value of having “the king of the hill”, but I’m not sure NVidia are making more money right now.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 7 years ago

        NVidia’s low-end GK107 GPU should be along shortly. While GeForce GT640 may not appeal to gaming enthusiasts as a desktop chip, you know that it’s going to show up in lots of pre-assembled “gaming” PCs. With the power savings of 28nm fabrication, it’s also likely to be a pretty decent GPU for a gaming laptop/luggable.

    • deeppow
    • 7 years ago

    And why am I excited?? NOT! Another paper launch of a previous near paper launch.

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 7 years ago

    I guess I can see why. Further assert your dominance before making it all readily available. I just don’t understand why they hyped it the way they did when it’s something they inevitably do with every generation these days.

    • no51
    • 7 years ago

    This is all AMD’s fault! If only they released the 7970 at $199, this thing would be $299

      • kc77
      • 7 years ago

      Exactly!

    • Xenolith
    • 7 years ago

    Have to admit, really sexy. Total overkill for my type of gaming, but still jizz-worthy.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 7 years ago

    Am I the only one that is bored by calling SLI-on-a-stick as your top-tier graphics card product? I know it’s a lot of work, but I like it when a different-tier product is *actually* different GPU chip (or binned version, etc)

      • Yeats
      • 7 years ago

      Who cares *how* they get to the performance, as long as the performance is there?

        • ImSpartacus
        • 7 years ago

        Compared to single cards, sli/cf-card driver support is inferior and latency variance is increased.

        So yes, it definitely matters.

      • clone
      • 7 years ago

      I was hoping for a larger chip stretching 28nm tech to the limit while offering the best performance.

      now that Nvidia has fully adopted AMD’s direction I’m saddened because it looks like 680 that is barely faster than 7980 was all Nvidia had up their sleeves.

    • lsrdjan
    • 7 years ago

    I would like to see if this card experiences microstuttering as the SLI/XFire combos. I would be more inclined buying multi GPU cards than two single GPU cards, even if the performance wasn’t double the single GPU performance.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 years ago

    I don’t get it…why release something you can’t sell? Where my GTX 660 at y’all?

      • Triple Zero
      • 7 years ago

      I know I won’t buy a GTX 690 but I guess some out there will. I’m more like “Alright, now the dual GPU is out of the way. Get cracking on the GTX 660 NVIDIA for those of us that are inclined to spend <$300 on a video card.

      • Firestarter
      • 7 years ago

      It’s a halo product. You want it even it you’d never buy it, but wanting it makes you more likely to buy that GTX 660, which is what they really wanted to sell to you anyway.

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      You mean a random internet commenter knows better how the product will sell and what profit will make than multimillion dollar corporation hiring highly qualified people whose sole job is to answer those questions?

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 7 years ago

    So there are shortages of GK104 and they make a card that uses two of them? WTF?

      • kc77
      • 7 years ago

      Correct and there’s not one reviewer willing to hold them to task for it. Nor is there one that’s willing to comment on the price. Amazing how a change of brand can change things.

      549? What?!? That’s crazy.

      $1000? Sure where can I buy one?

        • Mourmain
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah, and why are Lamborghinis so expensive? I can’t afford one, what is this madness?

          • kc77
          • 7 years ago

          The question isn’t whether you can afford it or not. The question is does it make sense and is it in line with it’s competitors. When the lower model isn’t even in supply does it really make sense to release a higher model, based on the same chip, and priced higher than any other card ever?

          BTW in your Lamborghini analogy (hate car metaphors) I can [b<] at any time [/b<] walk into dealership and buy any of the models I wanted. I could even have it customized on the spot. I cannot go to NewEgg [b<] at any time [/b<] and get the model (the 680) that I want, much less a customized version.

            • Beelzebubba9
            • 7 years ago

            To be fair, the Lamborghini Aventador has something like a year waiting list from the factory currently, so your metaphor doesn’t hold true either. This is common among rare cars when they’re new. 🙂

            That said, I think a $1000 GPU is a marketing stunt and I’d totally buy a supercar if I could.

            • kc77
            • 7 years ago

            Being on a waiting list with guaranteed delivery is kind of different than hitting refresh on your browser in hopes that you can buy the product in time.

            This is why I hate car analogies. Comparing a $376,000 super car with that of a $1000 video card is just a little too much.

            • jihadjoe
            • 7 years ago

            I think it’s a fair analogy. A $376k supercar is about as far about a regular $30k car is, as a $1000 video card is over a $150 one.

            The big difference is the car industry is doing something better when dealing with the discrepancy between suplly and demand, in this case putting people on a waiting list instead of having them periodically check in to the showroom in the hopes of finding an available Aventador.

            Play-asia had an excellent system where you could place an order for an item that is out of stock but expected to be refreshed. Your item ships out as soon as it became available (and presumably according to your position on a list of people who ordered). Hopefully other e-tailers like Newegg can follow suit.

            • kamikaziechameleon
            • 7 years ago

            Its not the same thing, its a consumer GPU at the end of the day the lamborgini is a SUPER CAR, completely different design and engineering and purpose than your dad’s malibu. Your super car is horrible at around town driving so much so that many advise against it. Your malibu won’t stand a chance in a race. Consumer to workstation GPU is the only way you could compare a lamborgini to a consumer car.

            • anotherengineer
            • 7 years ago

            Is a volkswagen Rabbit a supercar? 😀

    • rrr
    • 7 years ago

    AMD’s 7990 is gonna take a while to complete still. In the meantime, nVidia has two crowns: one for fastest single-GPU card, other for fastest card bar none.

      • Yeats
      • 7 years ago

      Too bad neither are readily available. 😉

      • Firestarter
      • 7 years ago

      You can buy two HD7950’s with beefy coolers right now, for way less than a GTX 690 would cost if you could actually buy one, and with a bit of overclocking (which actually works!) you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    In other news, click on the TR price checker for the GTX 680 (on the right):

    [b<]"NOT AVAILABLE" "THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO SELLERS FOR THIS PRODUCT" "THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO USER REVIEWS FOR THIS PRODUCT"[/b<] Glad to see availability of the GK104 chips isn't an issue over in the US 😉

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      Go to Amazon.com the 680 is available.. not in huge quantities and non-reference boards are overpriced, but it definitely is available. Newegg has been out since launch day though, but there are other sources available.

      [url<]http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gtx+680[/url<]

        • guardianl
        • 7 years ago

        None of those are available from “Amazon”. They are just amazon market place listings – equivalent to Ebay buy it now listings. And at a [b<]minimum of $109 over MSRP[/b<] you might as well go bid on an Ebay listing. The GTX 680 was a limited quantity launch at best, and probably much closer to a paper launch than anything else...

    • PainIs4ThaWeak1
    • 7 years ago

    Hate if you want, but put me down for two of these.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      If you really have that kind of money to throw around, I’d really like to see what your current rig looks like..

      • flip-mode
      • 7 years ago

      Not hating; not even caring; have fun.

      • Yeats
      • 7 years ago

      How ’bout if we just put you down?

      • clone
      • 7 years ago

      your cpu will be the bottleneck and you’ll get next to nothing outside of driver issues for the money.

        • PainIs4ThaWeak1
        • 7 years ago

        We’ll wait for the SLI results.

        Anywho – Every other year, my income becomes somewhat noteworthy. This is one of those years, and its high time for an upgrade.

        Additionally, I’ve been out of folding for soo long, that HOPEFULLY two of these will catch me up quickly.

        And lastly, I never cop out on video cards – I’ve been using a single GTX295 since they were released, and only now is it starting to get to the point where I have to dial back quality settings on current games.

        Though its a blasphemous term, I try to “future proof” as much as possible, and as much as my pocket will allow. I don’t exactly like buying the same part twice for ONE rig. (Unless of course it fails.)

          • clone
          • 7 years ago

          I’m all for spending money on product that works and obviously you can spend your money any way you like without any justification, it’s your money….. but I’m not for wasting money on parts that won’t make a difference now or in the future and more notably the driver issues you’ll be facing that will come with going the route proposed, the much publicized micro stuttering reducing the gaming experience will be the norm not the exception let alone the outright crashes, graphics glitches and games that never get supported.

          if you buy one of these cards… should be more than fine, personally I’d say it’s overkill, if you buy 2 of these cards you will be spending money for the sake of improved “folding” and nothing more.

          your cpu will be the bottleneck and you won’t get anything more than driver issues from the choice.

            • Airmantharp
            • 7 years ago

            I can see using two of the cards for 3×27″ 2560×1440 monitors easy- and still not having quite enough power to max everything out.

            Definitely not for everyone, but if you want it, then go for it!

            • clone
            • 7 years ago

            using two cards is as always, problematic with iffy driver support and rife with micro stuttering as the rule not the exception.

            it’s why I’ve “done SLI” only once and not gone back.

            • Airmantharp
            • 7 years ago

            You’d be surprised, then, how far it’s come-

            Using my HD6950s on a daily basis hasn’t really been an issue. Hiccups exist from both vendors, but they’re far more centered on issues created (and later fixed) by developers than they are on the efforts by the driver teams.

            Further, micro-stutter is definitely real, but it’s also possible to mitigate it. It’s just something you take into account when setting up the hardware.

            Last, if you want to run the latest stuff at high settings above 1080p, you’re going to need more than one card. Might as well dig in and get comfortable!

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    If the decision to avoid making a ‘big’ Kepler like GK100 is because they’ve finally fixed micro-stuttering, then this is a good thing. One assumes it will trickle down to their cheaper offerings in time.

    Otherwise it’s just another worthless halo product with a street price that is unlikely to ever be less than two GTX680’s, because they’ll never sell it in enough volume to benefit from economies of scale.

      • Game_boy
      • 7 years ago

      The big GPU is still coming.

        • Prion
        • 7 years ago

        I hope so, this is a rather underwhelming release, just another single-slot-SLI board with all the problems that come attached with that. Even if it only ever shows up as a Tesla product I’d like to see what the architecture can do when it’s tuned for balls out compute power.

        • jensend
        • 7 years ago

        Every time the subject comes up, the people who keep insisting on Kepler’s Second Coming remind me more and more of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Camping<]Harold Camping[/url<] and last year's Rapture Fail. "And the unbelievers, and those who once purchased an AMD card and have not repented, will burn as stubble; but those who have ever been faithful to Jen-Hsun Huang will be caught up to meet Big Kepler in the cloud, and will reign on earth a thousand years. And their rigs shall be glorious."

          • jensend
          • 7 years ago

          Don’t get me wrong, nV has to have a large compute-oriented card up its sleeves; they won’t abandon their compute customers. But there’s no guarantee that it will be released as a consumer card or, if it is, that it will be this generation (maybe it will be released to compete with Sea Islands next year).

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    “Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang reputedly directed the GTX 690 design team to build the best graphics card possible,”

    as opposed to the other times he’s like: “f it guys. I dont really give a rats ass. use whatever you want, and just make sure it runs wow. Talk to you later, i’m going tanning”

      • Game_boy
      • 7 years ago

      The alternative is to produce ones that would actually yield and hence appear on store shelves..

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      “Why are you guys wasting time designing a new card? Just slap a new sticker on the 8800GT and ship it already!”

    • d0g_p00p
    • 7 years ago

    Being a enthusiast and someone who will spend $400 for a video I really have to question this card. The GTX 680 is fast as hell I should know I own one. I really see no need for this card. I was hoping to see “Big Kepler” and I know that I am not alone in this.

    I find it strange that nVidia would release this right now. They really have no competition at the high end. Yes the 7970 is a fantastic card and the GTX 680 trade blows one punch at a time. I *personally* think that “Big Kepler” would have been the death bullet for ATI.

    It kind of makes you wonder though. Why did nVidia not release “Big Kepler” is there a problem, do they even have a “Big Kepler”?

    I guess time will tell and the TR review will let us all know. Speaking of which where is that GTX 690 review??

      • ptsant
      • 7 years ago

      I don’t think Big Kepler makes sense right now. If they have to charge $1000 to make a profit out of a 2×680, then a Big Kepler is probably so hard to produce that it would have to be sold at a higher pricepoint for an equivalent or lower performance. They have a hard time making 680s right now, I can’t even imagine them making Big Keplers…

        • khands
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t think they have to charge 1k for the 690, I think they know amd won’t be able to beat it performance wise and are pricing the cards accordingly.

    • Pantsu
    • 7 years ago

    Nvidia actually says they’ve implemented hardware frame metering in Kepler that should reduce micro-stuttering. This is really something Techreport should test in their article.
    [url<]http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/article-keynote/[/url<] Nice looking card. I'm sure there's enough people out there to pony up the $999 for the very limited run this card probably is in production. Others might want to wait until Computex and see if AMD releases their Radeon HD 7990 and at what price. At the resolutions these cards are meant for Tahtiti rules supreme.

      • jihadjoe
      • 7 years ago

      Nvidia knows people have money left over because they’re not spending as much on extreme edition CPUs as of late. Coincidentally, their new GPU is priced exactly the same as those old EE CPUs, while a good k-series CPU today costs what a good GPU did back then.

      • travbrad
      • 7 years ago

      I agree it would be nice to see some TR style tests to see if micro-stuttering is actually reduced (compared to the 590 for example)

    • AlexGP
    • 7 years ago

    Expensive, but damn, it`s beautiful!

      • Unknown-Error
      • 7 years ago

      Indeed. Its a gorgeous card.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    Meh, the price is too damn high.

      • Visigoth
      • 7 years ago

      Then don’t f—— buy it. Simple.

      I wonder what the Folding potential is of this monster!

        • Krogoth
        • 7 years ago

        I thought that the GK104 was somewhat weaker at GPGPU performance than Tahiti and GF110.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          it is. you remember correctly! this thing will not be a folding monster!

        • morphine
        • 7 years ago

        Please don’t work around the word filter, thanks.

          • FranzVonPapen
          • 7 years ago

          “Bleeping” yourself is not “working around the word filter.”

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            You might want to read the whole post. It was (apparently) last edited by morphine, which makes me think morphine is the one that bleeped him.

            • morphine
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, that’s what happened.

            • PenGun
            • 7 years ago

            Can we get list, you know like George Carlin’s list, just so we know what to not work around.

            Really we need this … stuff?

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 7 years ago

            The comment system has the same word filters as the forums. If you type in a bad word, it automatically replaces the whole thing with asterisks. In this case, Visigoth went back and edited his post to put back the offensive word with just one character changed.

            • CuttinHobo
            • 7 years ago

            George Carlin already listed them for you! 😀

            • DeadOfKnight
            • 7 years ago

            **** **** **** **** ********** ************ & ****

            • SPOOFE
            • 7 years ago

            If I had feelings to hurt, that woulda been what done it.

          • crabjokeman
          • 7 years ago

          Fsck you!

            • crabjokeman
            • 7 years ago

            Damn, usually F-S-C-K is a great way to get around the filter on Linux/UNIX sites.

            Oh, so F-S-C-K is filtered, but damn is not? Interesting choice…

    • jjj
    • 7 years ago

    Maybe this starts a new trend with the aluminium body.

    • odizzido
    • 7 years ago

    SLIOAS? Meh…

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Give me those materials and design on a single GPU graphics card with no SLI nonsense and I will happily pay a premium of $50.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      “Dead graphics card” is probably the single most common component failure in my own personal PC’s over the last two decades. In the early days it was nasty little fans dying, and more recently it’s been cheap board components giving up.

      Edit:
      If this card is 11″ long, can we please get a 6″ long GTX680 for those Mini-ITX cubes? I’m pretty sure the market for that would be bigger than the market for a GTX690.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        I guarantee you that power supply and hard drive failures have a far greater failure rate.

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          One little datapoint. In the past four years: 3 HDs, 2 PSUs, and 1 GPU.

            • ptsant
            • 7 years ago

            Depends what you buy. I bought the cheapest mid-range GPUs (rapid upgrade cycle), they both died within 3-5 years. I bought 24×7 WD RE3 and RE4 drives, they keep doing OK. Older Seagate 7200.10 and 11 still serviceable. I have Seasonic 550W and 750W, Zalman 400W and all are fine. So, 0 HD, 0 PSU, 2 GPU. I have only lost one CPU, it was an Athlon XP 2200+. I bet the 386DX40 (AMD, of course), still works. My RAM is also usually top-notch and I have only had a single stick of DDR fail on me.

          • Chrispy_
          • 7 years ago

          Ah yes, but you [i<]can[/i<] at least buy good quality PSU's. The more expensive graphics cards just seem to be clocked higher, but using the same board design and components. Even the fancy ones with 'premium' heatsinks often make me wonder why they're using the word 'premium', since the custom heatsinks can be flimsier and insecure - bolted on like an ill-fitting afterthought.

          • travbrad
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<]I guarantee you that power supply and hard drive failures have a far greater failure rate.[/quote<] From my experience at work/corporate environments I'd have to agree, but that's also because the pre-built OEM machines tend to have terrible PSUs and HDDs to begin with (cutting every corner they can to bring down costs). My home experience of building my own PCs (where I can choose quality components) paints a very different picture though. In the past 10 years I've had 0HDs, 0PSUs, 2GPUs, and 2MOBO (same model, RMA died too) fail. It's not that I'm upgrading too fast for parts to fail either, because my "old" parts go into a secondary machine (or to family members). It depends a lot on the individual's use case too. Someone who never plays games is less likely to kill their GPU than someone who does folding@home 24/7 on it.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    Looks like “it” was targeted at rich kids and/or users with huge egos to maintain.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    So… all that hype for sli on a stick?

    The aesthetics look cool, but the cooler doesn’t look revolutionary at all. Guess I wasn’t expecting anything more then that anyway… *sigh*

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      I really don’t want a ‘mid-fan’ cooler either- I’d rather the fan be at the end, of course.

      Making it look better, or making it nicer, really doesn’t help me much either. It’s going to be a in closed case.

      • Yeats
      • 7 years ago

      What hype? Nvidia simply said, “It’s Coming”. What you or anyone else decides to speculate on based on that statement is, well, speculation.

        • clone
        • 7 years ago

        when Nvidia releases a PR statement saying “it’s coming”…. that’s hype, that’s not speculation, that’s Nvidia building up hype for an upcoming product.

        what it is, is open for speculation given the hype didn’t say much.

        that the product isn’t interesting is for interested parties to decide.

    • Duck
    • 7 years ago

    I bet the 680GTX will perform better when put to the TR test and had it’s frame latencies measured.

    Jen-Hsun Huang is clearly over compensating for something here. What exactly he is over compensating for I will leave to your imagination 😉

      • squeeb
      • 7 years ago

      lol

    • Voldenuit
    • 7 years ago

    I said from the start that ‘Big Kepler’ was a myth, at least in the graphics space, and the 690 seems to support that. Now nvidia might still release ‘Big Kepler’ for the compute market…

      • Duck
      • 7 years ago

      It’s no myth. It’s just a absurd product that’s practically unproduceable.

      NVIDIA learned the hard way with the 480GTX. It took them a whole generation to release a fully enabled 480GTX branded as the 580GTX. This time round they’ve realized that they shouldn’t even attempt to launch big Kepler on the still new 28nm process. By the time it does eventually get here, I expect it to be branded the 780GTX.

        • Malphas
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah me too. With the GK104 being released as a GTX 680 and now this monstrosity it’s pretty obvious we wont be seeing GK110 (or whatever) any time soon. No doubt they’ll just milk the GK104 chip for all it’s worth before bothering to release the GK110 as the next generation.

          • Silus
          • 7 years ago

          You should probably pay attention to the upcoming GTC.
          “Anytime soon” for the desktop graphics market ? Sure.
          “Anytime soon” for the HPC market ? Not so sure about that…

        • jihadjoe
        • 7 years ago

        That actually reminds me of those leaked slides that listed Kepler as GTX780. I guess they weren’t lying.

      • Sunburn74
      • 7 years ago

      The only issue is the gtx 680 is a lousy compute card compared to the competition from AMD. Its essentially just a well engineered gaming card and nothing else.

        • smilingcrow
        • 7 years ago

        With better CUDA performance under Adobe CS5.5 than previous generations according to posts on the Adobe forums. Compute performance is not just about OpenCL although going forward I can see CUDA becoming less relevant in the consumer space. Kepler also has the dedicated video transcode block which seems to be second only to Quick Sync in terms of performance, quality and compatibility with AMD bringing up the rear. So more than just a gaming card.

    • phez
    • 7 years ago

    The list price is $999.

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago

      Believe or not, there are enough buyers out there who are willing to pick it up for that price.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        I’m actually considering it :). Would be the perfect drop in solution for a 30″ screen.

          • Farting Bob
          • 7 years ago

          A single 680 can power a 30″ screen just fine. Unless of course having to turn down 16x MSAA to 8xMSAA in 1, maybe 2 games is so awful that you need to spend another $500 to get over the feeling that your sliders dont go right to the very right of the screen.

            • Airmantharp
            • 7 years ago

            I have two HD6950 2GB cards- they’re not fast enough, and they’re faster than a single GTX680. My primary game is BF3 Multi, if that helps.

            • Synchromesh
            • 7 years ago

            I have a similar setup with a 30″ and while it’s adequate in most games it’s simply not enough for a few. One good example – GTA 4. At 2560×1600 it’s still freakin’ slow as molasses with far less than highest settings. And this is with an oc’d 2500K.

            • ImSpartacus
            • 7 years ago

            Did you unlock them to 6970s? I would do that before you upgrade.

            • Airmantharp
            • 7 years ago

            I haven’t yet- though I will probably give it a shot this week.

            • Bensam123
            • 7 years ago

            You could only unlock the first batch of 6950s, you couldn’t after those.

            • Airmantharp
            • 7 years ago

            That’s true- thankfully I picked up a pair that are built by AMD, with their logo on the PCB, and have the BIOS switch.

          • DeadOfKnight
          • 7 years ago

          Don’t you have dual 6850s?

          Edit: I should have finished reading before posting, lol

        • NarwhaleAu
        • 7 years ago

        I would willingly pick it up for that price… if I earned about double what I do now.

      • Damage
      • 7 years ago

      Of course. My bad. Corrected.

      • ClickClick5
      • 7 years ago

      $999? I’ll use that to help pay off my college loans.

      My whole system cost $1200. i7-2600k and all.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      did I call it, or did I call it. they wanted back the 1k graphics card, and here it is!

      • flip-mode
      • 7 years ago

      To me there’s no difference between $499 and $999 for a video card. Both are off limits.

        • paulWTAMU
        • 7 years ago

        Maybe. But I can hope for a deal on the 499 when the next generation comes along and maybe I can score a badass card for less. With the 999…not even that.

        • anotherengineer
        • 7 years ago

        indeed.

        I got my 6850 for $145, then sold the 2 games it came with for 20 bucks each and my 4850 for $50 bucks. So about 75 bucks after taxes, runs everything great on my 1680×1050 monitor.

    • Krogoth
    • 7 years ago

    Great another SLI-on-a-stick solution that will mostly be found with OEM builds (Northwest Falcon, Alienware, Voodoo PC).

    This guy is going to be practically unobtainium, since normal GTX 680s are still difficult to find……

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      I share your optimism, but realistically, GK104 shouldn’t be that hard to manufacture; it’s just gotten a slow-ish start.

      And actually, I’d be willing to bet that the supply shortages aren’t as much on the supply-side anymore, but more on the demand side. HD7970 performance at HD7870 power usage, thermals and noise makes it quite unique, and Nvidia has the brand equity advantage to boot (most of it deserved).

      • Waco
      • 7 years ago

      Eh, I tend to like them.

      My 4870X2s were great and my current 5970 under water still runs everything perfectly.

    • CampinCarl
    • 7 years ago

    Meh. Not interested. I was really hoping the ‘it’ was going to be the 670 and/or 660. Mid-range, please!

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      Hell, I was hoping that ‘it’ was going to be ‘Big-Kepler’. We already knew that this card was coming, though it’s nice to see it announced.

        • DeadOfKnight
        • 7 years ago

        I’m skeptical whether or not “Big Kepler” would be any faster or cheaper anyway. It’s probably still coming, although maybe not as a GeForce.

        Honestly though I’d prefer 2x 680s because at least I have the option to turn off SLI, although the build quality of this card makes it quite tempting.

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