NVIDIA Announce The Dual-GPU GTX 690

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Featuring two GK104 GPU's, the GTX 690 total's 3072 CUDA cores but a TDP of only 300W; also takes more advantage of Kepler's boost clock feature.




During the NVIDIA Gaming Festival Shanghai 2012 Keynote this morning NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the time to introduce new technologies incoming from the market leading manufacturer of video cards. The most significant of those for the assembled audience was that of the awaited GTX 690, and Jen-Hsun was good enough to provide some details of the card itself:



The specs line up to two GK104 cores on one PCB, in a similar fashion to previous dual-GPU cards in the past, which firmly nix's the rumour of the full-fat Kepler (GK112/110) for the time being. It's unsurprising that the cores of the GTX690 will be clocked a touch lower than the 680 at base; it seems likely that keeping under a 300W TDP was be a significant challenge even at 28nm. Even so, the boost clock is set at an impressive 1.019GHz, implying that they feel there's enough leeway in the power draw of the card to justify peak clocks almost as high as a GTX 680.



Memory is set at exactly the same speed as the GTX680, though the card will of course have 4GB of RAM to play with rather than 2GB (but still limited to 2GB per core). The performance should be just below that of two GTX680's in SLI (NVIDIA quote an average of 75% faster than a single 680), and at $999 is priced accordingly. For those after absolutely the fastest single card on the market the GTX 690 will be it, unless AMD can get their 7990 out the door (and even then it will likely be nip and tuck).

NVIDIA have an article detailing the capabilities of the GTX 690 and Kepler architecture which is well worth reading. There's no news yet of the street date for their flagship card, but it should be pretty soon.



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#24946 Posted on: 29.04.2012 08:23:54
BEAST

Looks like its gonna be way too expensive though, I can see AMD bringing out the 7990 just after and completely undercutting them.

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#24947 Posted on: 29.04.2012 09:21:53
£800... I'll take 2.

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#24948 Posted on: 29.04.2012 10:10:57
Every other gens top dual GPU cards have been about £600.

People need to rejoice and stop letting them charge so much, if people keep buying them.. then they are just going to keep the prices up.
Which is ridiculous because these GPU's cast hardly anything to manufacture, and I can't see the actual development costs being that much more than every previous gen.

Too greedy...

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#24949 Posted on: 29.04.2012 13:33:39
I'd rather not spend half a month's salary on this...

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#24950 Posted on: 29.04.2012 15:42:40
Tasty! However at £800 it is just silly expensive.

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#24955 Posted on: 29.04.2012 18:50:06
Wonder how these will sell...

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#25020 Posted on: 03.05.2012 14:08:54
Well..... its out.....
And its even more expensive than how expensive we thought it already was (if that makes sense lol)
Basically its ridiculously expensive.
From £840-£900...

Seems like Nvidia thought they would make it look cool and charge even more over the odds?

When chances are allot of people that get this are going to watercool anyway.
I think a backplate would have been more important than the fancy looking cooler, it hasn't even got one!

And I also bet allot of people will have multi monitor hi res set ups who purchase these.... yet they are 2gb which is already limiting in high resolutions in modern games, I dread to think in a years time these may be obsolete for modern games on hi res set ups.

Strange decisions all over the place with this one.

I reckon AMD are going to come out with the 7990 that performs on par, has the 3gb RAM which is needed to future proof hi res set ups (and is much desired now in games like BF3) for about £700.

I think Nvidia have king of made their own Mars card here....
Ridiculously overpriced, likely bottlenecked by VRAM in the future for modern games and big set ups its likely needed for in the first place (already a bottleneck for extreme setups) pretty much an expensive collectors item that is also a toy and that people with money to burn will defend and love to their hearts content.

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#25023 Posted on: 03.05.2012 15:56:38
Let's face it the price isn't going to matter or put any one off really.

Those who bought the 590 Classified paid £750, so £800 is neither here nor there.

Whilst I think the card is basically a silicon contradiction at least this time Nvidia have made it properly. Like actually put some thought and detail and expensive materials into it.

RE - contradiction. The card would obviously shine for surround gaming. Sadly the 2gb of vram makes it silly. Last thing you would ever need one of these cards for is 1080p gaming. And 3D is easily taken care of by my 480s in SLI so that's no reason to buy one either.

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#25027 Posted on: 03.05.2012 17:16:44
The thing is the 590 was still relative value to buying two 580's or 570's at the time and considering its one one PCB using less parts also provided better value, just like all other dual GPU cards.

The 590 cost £600
Two 580's cost £800
Two 570's cost £650+


But this?
Its mind boggling... its like you can either buy two 680's, or you can buy the 690 for more money and have less performance.

It just doesn't add up, its always been that the dual GPU card due to being on one pcb which costs less to manufacture compared to making single cards has cost a little less to what its equal to and actually provided a bit of value.

It kind of defeats the entire oject of having a dual GPU card in the first place...

This is just extreme price gouging and using a fancy cooler as an excuse.

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#25028 Posted on: 03.05.2012 17:39:42
They're willy waving cards Plod. Thus the prices were always unbalanced.

Funny part is they are both down trodden cores too, running slower than the full fat counterparts.

These cards are made purely to say "We have the world's fastest card on a single board" and nothing more. Thus, price will never make any sense.

As I said, the 590 Classified was £750 here. £150 more than any other 590. Didn't stop it selling out in about ten seconds.

Some things in our world are devoid of sense so long as you have money.

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#25032 Posted on: 03.05.2012 18:46:08
Yeh, I spose there is a market for it and people will buy it no matter what.

I expect AMD are hard at work with the 7990, maybe they were waiting for Nvidia to bring this out so they could trump it, will be hard work but I reckon they might beat it and have it allot cheaper.

Even then the 690 will still out sell it... thousands of people specially in america will be willing to pay even twice as much for an Nvidia card even if it has the same performance as AMD

Saying that, if I had unlimited funds, I would buy it..... so I don't blame people for buying it.

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#25035 Posted on: 03.05.2012 19:02:11
They're going to have to perform miracles then.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Review - Page 27

It's only 2%, at very best, slower than 7970 Crossfire. The logistics of putting two "Fermi like" GPUs on a single card is going to be a very complicated one for AMD, and that's assuming they can put two full fat full clock GPUs on their card.

Which, from where I am sitting, they can't.

And that's probably why AMD are very quiet at the moment and Nvidia have beaten them to the punch.

The task was massively more simple for Nvidia this time around. Their GPU is cooler by a long shot due to having all of the needless tat cut off. Thus it comes as no surprise there's only a 50mhz discrepancy between the 690 and a pair of 680s.

I must say this card has impressed me. Price aside (because let's face it mere mortals like us need not apply) it has firmly smashed the ball into AMD's court.

And for the first time in ages I feel a bit down on AMD and don't think they can respond.

So yeah, it costs a grand. (well, in dollars any way) but at least the materials are good this time and it's not just a hot slab of plastic.

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#25036 Posted on: 03.05.2012 19:19:43
Yeh it is very impressive that its nearly as fast as two full 680's

But what your forgetting is the 7970 comes clocked very low, with a mild over clock that every 7970 can hit they are nearly on par with 680's with not much change in heat atall and no voltage change.

If the 680 were to come out before the 7970 for example, I bet the stock clock would be at least 1000Mhz.

That's the thing with all the 7970 reviews, they are all at stock, and the 7970 is a low clock at stock with lots of overhead room (I ran mine at 1200Mhz and never went above 72 degree's) where as the 680 is clocked high at stock with less OC room to firmly beat the 7970 in all the reviews.


I think with the 7990 AMD will most probably (or is probably what both companies already do anyway) cherry pic the chips and clock them higher at stock because there is certainly room for it.

The 690 is impressive (regardless of the price) but I don't see why the 7990 couldn't be just as fast or a tad faster.


Infact for multi screen set ups I can see the 7990 beating the 690 for sure, as at high res with many pixels the 7970 beats the 680 more than it loses to it (and the extra ram is very desirable and already needed in some circumstances) and after all that is mostly what these card are for aren't they.


I'm only a bit annoyed about it because I was planning on getting the 690 and was prepared to pay £700, but Nvidia have screwed people like me and the average user over and gone for their own sort of MARS card thats needlessly overpriced for more of a collectors item.
At the end of the day the card is only going to be face down with just a standard black PCB on show, IMO a nice looking backplate would have been more special because at least you can actually see it lol

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#25037 Posted on: 03.05.2012 19:32:33
Well my 7970 would not clock any faster than 1150mhz. Which is kind of pathetic given it had a Asic quality of 86%.

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#25038 Posted on: 03.05.2012 19:44:12
The majority of 7970's max out sliders with ease, minority dont, but still they are clocked very low at stock which is whats being compared to.
Even 1Ghz or 1100Mhz I think is achievable by AMD on the 7990 if they pull their finger out and do wonders with cooling/ taming the power on one card.

If they do, then it would be neck and neck as clock vs clock the 7970 and 680 are very close, maybe the 690 slightly better at 1080p and the 7990 better at high resolutions.
But thats all just speculation, I wont be getting the 7990 because I couldn't play BFBC2 on my 7970 which is one reason I sold it, drivers were non existent for that game online for some reason and only 50% GPU usage, plus I just invested in 3D stuff and am quite liking it.

I'll probably just wait till the next round of GPU's are up, like the 685/780, Nvidia are charging way too much because there are too many people willing to pay the price within a heartbeat.

Hell even if the 680's were $700 in america I bet they would still be sold out

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#25040 Posted on: 03.05.2012 20:07:16
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The majority of 7970's max out sliders with ease, minority dont, but still they are clocked very low at stock which is whats being compared to.
Even 1Ghz or 1100Mhz I think is achievable by AMD on the 7990 if they pull their finger out and do wonders with cooling/ taming the power on one card.

If they do, then it would be neck and neck as clock vs clock the 7970 and 680 are very close, maybe the 690 slightly better at 1080p and the 7990 better at high resolutions.
But thats all just speculation, I wont be getting the 7990 because I couldn't play BFBC2 on my 7970 which is one reason I sold it, drivers were non existent for that game online for some reason and only 50% GPU usage, plus I just invested in 3D stuff and am quite liking it.

I'll probably just wait till the next round of GPU's are up, like the 685/780, Nvidia are charging way too much because there are too many people willing to pay the price within a heartbeat.

Hell even if the 680's were $700 in america I bet they would still be sold out
I think you need to take the logistics into account. The 7970 is a far bigger die size and hotter than the 680. Getting them on there at 925mhz is a task in itself, let alone over 1ghz. I can't see it tbh.

You're right about America, but I know first hand that there are a disproportionate amount of wealthy people out there with money to waste. The 680 has been out of stock on Newegg since launch and there is still nothing. Bit irresponsible of Nvidia to be releasing more vapourware when they can't even keep their "affordable" card in stock.

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#25043 Posted on: 03.05.2012 20:14:49
Well mate you obviously know more than me as I'm not that clued up so I wont expect too much. atm it looks like the only way to go is a 680, with the option to get another, or just waiting for the next round, this 570 is pretty surprising if Im honest, not as far behind the 7970 as I was expecting, clocks easy to better a 580 at stock, ill make do with this for now as Im not gaming that much.

Yeh 680's are sell out right away over there.... In the UK they are in stock pretty much everywhere, although are a good chunk more expensive, maybe if the pricing was as aggressive in the US they wouldn't sell as much like hotcakes

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#25045 Posted on: 03.05.2012 20:21:05
TBH they were in a lose lose situ. If they had priced them higher hoping that it would slow sales... Wouldn't have worked. American = too much money for own good so either way they would have sold out but attracted criticism.

I mean you have a huge amount of people out there buying them in 2+ configs. Some up to four.

From word spreading around things are set to get worse for the low wafer numbers too. So right now in the USA it's a case of AMD or nothing because as good as the 680 is you can't get them for love nor money.

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#25087 Posted on: 04.05.2012 15:27:51
OK now this is, putting it as politely as I can, extracting the urine.

Newegg.com - EVGA 04G-P4-2690-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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#25092 Posted on: 04.05.2012 18:14:35
£779 on Aria atm so not TOOOOO bad compared to the rest. It will be interesting to see how long that price lasts when they are actually in stock.

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#25093 Posted on: 04.05.2012 18:24:02
Yep, not TOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad lol.
But still ridiculous

I think some people are openly accepting it as not that bad because they are comparing it to two 680's. But 680's haven't dropped price and are still drastically overpriced.
680's should be at the most £380 by now, the 7970 is allot better value.

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#25103 Posted on: 04.05.2012 21:05:52
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Yep, not TOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad lol.
But still ridiculous

I think some people are openly accepting it as not that bad because they are comparing it to two 680's. But 680's haven't dropped price and are still drastically overpriced.
680's should be at the most £380 by now, the 7970 is allot better value.
Pricing on the 680 is what it is due to a lack of parts. TBH the 7970 could cost £300 new now and it wouldn't affect the prices of the 680. Yields are very low and stocks are even lower. If they go into a price war they will end up with nothing left to sell.

I'm not sure how well you guys know Newegg, but basically they are the biggest PC part online retailer in the world. They have not had any 680s since launch day.

So that shows to an extent what us Brits think of Nvidia's pricing. IE - we think they are greedy a-holes and are not buying in droves like the yanks.

I mean the 680 could be super de duper and do cartwheels before performing oral sex on you. It needs to be in stock, or it's pointless and stupid.

That's Nvidia's biggest issue right now. Not AMD, not prices. It's all about availability.

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#25104 Posted on: 04.05.2012 21:14:42
I'm well aware of the limited stock of 680's in America, but there have been 1000's in the UK and there is always stock here, this is something that has always confused me.

Yet in America every few days one store gets like 5-10 in stock and of course they sell out right away.... There seems to be 100's in the UK in stock all the time and many sell every week all over europe, why don't Nvidia just source more into their most demanding market?????? As apposed to starving it and having 100's in stock over here.....

I just dont get it...

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#25105 Posted on: 04.05.2012 21:43:58
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I'm well aware of the limited stock of 680's in America, but there have been 1000's in the UK and there is always stock here, this is something that has always confused me.

Yet in America every few days one store gets like 5-10 in stock and of course they sell out right away.... There seems to be 100's in the UK in stock all the time and many sell every week all over europe, why don't Nvidia just source more into their most demanding market?????? As apposed to starving it and having 100's in stock over here.....

I just dont get it...
I don't think there are thousands here at all. I think there are just fewer rich people here in the UK than there is in the USA.

Thus we are but a blip on the backside of a country the size of the USA.

Plus there are fewer die hard Nvidia fans here. It's the same reason that Mustangs and other crappy American cars are still selling over there yet we would LOL them off the face of our island.

Fact is they are not selling as well here. There's no way we got the same amount of 680s as the USA did.

I think a lot of people had already taken the plunge on the 7970. I was one. I don't wait for Nvidia releases if I did I would die waiting.

Mind you, that said I'm not really a fan of the 7970. It can be as fast as you damn well please but if it doesn't work properly it's not much use.

And I would find it hard for my "tighto meter" to allow me to buy what was designed to be a mid ranged card. It's a bad time in the GPU market IMO and the bargains, once again, are to be had in the previous generations.

It's only a very small percentage of people who will waste money on the very latest tech tbh. Maybe 5% of a very small percentage who game on the PC in the first place.

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#25116 Posted on: 05.05.2012 08:21:36
Well there's definitely been 1000's, because as we speak there is 100's in stock and many have sold over Europe since they have been released, with them going out of stock and coming back in again, been keeping an eye.

For example Ebuyer had 100+ in stock and they sold within a week, that was just one week, then they got more in ect and now eventually they are sold out. But OCUK, they have sold 100's and still have more than 100 in stock. Not to mention SCAN and Aria and other retailers that have sold many.

Obviously the market it huge in America, but I have kept an eye on it and the stores simply arent getting stock like we are in the UK....
One retailer like Tiger Direct, NCIX, or Newegg only get a few 680's in every week, ovcourse they are going to sell out.

Yet here we have still sold 1000's over europe and have always had plenty in stock.

What I dont get it is... why do we have loads in stock, and the US dont get that much? Like 10 come in stock every week... Why don't Nvidia source more to the US their biggest market instead of sourcing loads here when they when allot are sitting on the shelves?

Baffle's me


From my point of view they control the 'supply and demand' by how much supply they give certain regions.

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