NVIDIA announces GeForce GTX 690 dual graphics card

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has announced the company's newest flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 690, in his keynote address at the NVIDIA Game Festival in China. The GTX 690 is powered by dual Kepler-based GPUs, which will surely make it the fastest card on the market when it's released on May 3. The announcement follows NVIDIA's "it's coming" teaser campaign that the company's been promoting in recent weeks.

NVIDIA provided further information about the card in a press release, in which it also provided images of the card. According to an article on NVIDIA's website, 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.

Performance provided by the GTX 690 will nearly double that of the GTX 680 in some games, according to benchmarks provided by NVIDIA in its press release. While the GTX 680 ran Crysis 2's ultra settings at 32.3 fps, the GTX 690 ran the same settings at 57.8 fps. In Dirt 3 (run at 8xAA/16xA), the GTX 680 scored 62.3 fps while the GTX provided 111.2 fps. NVIDIA ran all of its benchmarks at a resolution of 2,500 x 1,600. On average, the card sees a 75% increase in performance over the GTX 680, according to NVIDIA's benchmarks. Additional benchmark information can be seen on NVIDIA's website

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 will be released in limited quantities on May 3 from NVIDIA, with a wider release set for May 7 that will include NVIDIA partners ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit and Zotac. The card will have an expected price tag of $999.

Image courtesy of NVIDIA

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Why are people so surprised at the price tag? the 590 was around the same price when it was brand spankas, why would the 690 be any different?

I'm sure it's great and all but I cannot even fathom, spending that much on a gfx card. I'm sure in Australia it'll be closer to $1500. not in this economy nvidia. Bring on the 660 GTX Ti

netsendjoe said,
if the card is a dual card, does that mean you can use SLI with just the one card?

Yes, it's SLI on the same PCB. If you have two of these in SLI = quad (4x) SLI.

smooth3006 said,
Anybody who pays $1000 for a gpu needs their heads checked.

How is this any different than someone who 2x or 3x SLI's lesser cards? 2x 680's would surely be $800+, yes?

Alladaskill17 said,

How is this any different than someone who 2x or 3x SLI's lesser cards? 2x 680's would surely be $800+, yes?

2x680=$1000 more or less.

Alladaskill17 said,

How is this any different than someone who 2x or 3x SLI's lesser cards? 2x 680's would surely be $800+, yes?

I can buy two Saphire 6950 GPU's for $199, crossfire them and have decent performance for $400, so no not $800, half the price.

Meh. I suppose it's important to have the biggest thing on the block. Meanwhile Southern Islands (as AMD usually does) owns everything in the normal people sector while these clowns just stroke themselves.

overpriced, but then intel still sell "extreme" edition processor at that price...

no wonder why people its using more AMD builds

I'm using AMD because my big rig days are over. AMD is the only choice for SFF low profile, low power gaming. 1920x1080 with high options on everything is only possible with AMD. Nvidia is non-existent in this space.

eilegz said,
overpriced, but then intel still sell "extreme" edition processor at that price...

no wonder why people its using more AMD builds

MorganX said,
I'm using AMD because my big rig days are over. AMD is the only choice for SFF low profile, low power gaming. 1920x1080 with high options on everything is only possible with AMD. Nvidia is non-existent in this space.

Core i3 & i5 are better performers than anything AMD's got.

Heh why is everyone complaining about the price? Sure it's higher but the 2-in-1 cards are always almost twice as expensive as the single cards they've merged together so how is that a surprise?

It's a premium product just like the enthusiast line of Intel processors. It's for those with quite a bit of pocket change and very large or multi-monitor setups. Not for your average consumer.

I ordered two 680s but they went on went back order, that cost was $1200. I just canceled that order and will wait for the 690s and buy two of these instead

Ohh i'd be p1ssed if I just got a 680.... they are releasing these things too close together and the prices are WAY to high!!

I would rather put my money on a dual core AMD instead (and I have been for the 5xxx and 6xxx series) specially since i am tired of "the display driver has crash and was restarted" or the GrillForce incident with their dual core last year.

The card will have a total of 4GB of 512-bit GDDR5 RAM.

I don't use surround, but I would assume this is might cause issues in the future.

I don't really understand everyone complaining about the price. If you don't need that much power, then don't buy it, if you do need it you should know that it will obviously cost more.

I remember paying $600 each for 7800 gtx in 2005 for my first SLI ($1200). This is no different. It's not like suddenly nvidia decided to charge $1K for a card that's only worth $200. Gtx 680 itself costs more than $500 in newegg.

basques said,
I don't really understand everyone complaining about the price. If you don't need that much power, then don't buy it, if you do need it you should know that it will obviously cost more.

I remember paying $600 each for 7800 gtx in 2005 for my first SLI ($1200). This is no different. It's not like suddenly nvidia decided to charge $1K for a card that's only worth $200. Gtx 680 itself costs more than $500 in newegg.

The difference is that relative to previous generations their dual-gpu card is now almost as good as an SLI of 2x their top-tier single-GPU cards. The GTX 295, 490, 590 were castrated in one way or another which was reflected in the price. That's not the case any more, so although their manufacturing costs are probably lower in terms or raw components (economy of scale) they'd be stupid to have lower price for a card which is performance-wise matching 2x of their own cards (680) at the same price point.

Mike Frett said,
Oh look, a fine replacement for my cars Fan and Radiator!

Joke would have been funny 5 years ago, except now this is more efficient power-wise then your whole car...

xendrome said,

Joke would have been funny 5 years ago, except now this is more efficient power-wise then your whole car...


u mad? Petrol car efficiency is pretty low yes, but any form of high end GFX card has the same efficiency as using an open fire to heat up 10,000 people in a straight line, a mile away from the source.

xendrome said,

Joke would have been funny 5 years ago, except now this is more efficient power-wise then your whole car...


CPU power requirements keep dropping.
GPU power requirements keep rising through the roof.

Sense, it's not here.

Well, to be expected really. One can either do:

a) 2x680 -> better clocks
b) 1x690 -> lower watts, quad-sli headroom

Everything else looks about the same, at least specs, price and probably performance-wise.

I don't even pay $1k for a phone (In NZ ths SII is about $1k) I got it 2nd hand for 420ish US... a grand US is gonna be nearly 1.5k NZD **** that!!!

considering the 680 had a suggested retail of 500 USD and has hit us over in NZ at around 1000 NZD i'd dare to say it'd be alot closer to 2000 NZD than 1500 NZD. Only someone with more money than sense would be eyeing this card up at that kind of price...

Auzeras said,
I don't even pay $1k for a phone (In NZ ths SII is about $1k) I got it 2nd hand for 420ish US... a grand US is gonna be nearly 1.5k NZD **** that!!!

What a ridiculous price. I love me some new tech and love to shell out some cash for said new tech, but $999 is just absolutely ridiculous for a GPU. nVidia needs to be bitchslapped.

DerekMorgan said,
Am I the only one who saw 3,072 cores, is that possiblle?

It's not exactly like what you're thinking. GPU cores are much smaller and generally handle more specific tasks than CPU cores.

ACTIONpack said,
$999 for a graphic card? What a joke!

The Jaguar supercomputer cost $104 million.

$104 million for a computer? What a joke!

I'm running 2x EVGA 580GTX OC SLI and can't see the point in upgrading for the next couple of years. I used to upgrade every time something new came out but it almost cost me my marriage!

i kept trying to tell my buddy that the crowbar meant nothing. just advertising. i would love to own this but not for the price.

i wish that i had money falling out of my ass.

if this was 500ish i would love to dump some money on it. but it's almost double that so no thanks. will buy it in 6 months.

capr said,
if this was 500ish i would love to dump some money on it. but it's almost double that so no thanks. will buy it in 6 months.

This almost certainly won't be anywhere near $500 in six months.

Dr_Asik said,
I was excited until I read the price tag.

Yeah, that is why it is the very last thing they wrote in the press release, LOL.
I think I'll still wait for Maxwell chips, which should be out by the end of the year or the beginning of next year. According to nVidia's own graphs they should completely destroy Keppler performance wise.