NVIDIA Introduces the GTX 690
It seems as if the hype surrounding the GTX 680 (see our interview) has only just died down, but NVIDIA aren’t resting on their laurels. This weekend, they revealed the GTX 690, the 680′s dual-GPU older brother.
Clad in a variety of high-tech materials inspired by high-end automobiles, the card also uses “a pair of custom vapor chamber heat sinks” to contend with increased heat generation of the 690′s two GPU’s. NVIDIA’s Kepler architecture emphasizes efficiency, though, which means clock speeds can compete with a pair of 680′s running in SLI. The 690 also reproduces some of the 680′s new features, including Adaptive V-Sync and Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing.
The 690 sells for $999 — enough to build an entire gaming PC — so NVIDIA’s new card isn’t for everyone. If you do have the cash on hand, though, expect to be rewarded with copious graphical power.