NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTX 690 - A Monster on the Horizon James White May 1, 2012 Press Release 3 Flares Twitter 3 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Email -- 3 Flares × It always seems like the answer to the problem is more power, especially when it comes to personal electronics, computers, and starships. I always wondered why Scotty did not install a second engine in one of the cargo bays? Well we have never had this issue when it came to graphics cards as increasing the number of core processors has been a good idea for years. The GTX 600 generation is no different as Nvidia introduces the GeForce GTX 690! Powered by a total of 3,072 Nvidia CUDA cores, cooled by a thixomolded magnesium alloy, and built on a 10-layer two ounce copper circuit board, the GeForce GTX 690 will boast specs thought to be impossible a few years ago. This will be the future king of graphics cards hands down. And while power may be the solution you want or need, the $999 expected price tag will keep this card out of reach for most people. Besides, using this much power with a single 1080p monitor would be a crime. Full Press Release » NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTX 690 -- Dual Graphics Card Combines World's Fastest Gaming Performance With Sleek, Sexy Design Saturday, April 28, 2012 GEFORCE LAN/NVIDIA Game Festival 2012 -- NVIDIA today announced the GeForce® GTX 690, the world's fastest consumer graphics card -- with a bold industrial design to match. Powered by dual Kepler™ architecture-based GeForce GPUs, the GTX 690 is meticulously designed -- inside and out -- to deliver the most refined, elegant and smooth PC gaming experience possible. The surprise announcement was made by NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang during his keynote address at the NVIDIA Game Festival in Shanghai, which is being attended by more than 6,000 gamers from across China. Engineered to reach a new threshold in gaming performance, the GTX 690 also looks the part. Its array of innovative technologies is complemented by sleek materials that contribute to the exotic design of the card, including: An exterior frame made from trivalent chromium-plated aluminum, providing excellent strength and durability A fan housing made from a thixomolded magnesium alloy, which offers excellent heat dissipation and vibration dampening High-efficiency power delivery with less resistance, lower power and less heat generated using a 10-phase, heavy-duty power supply with a 10-layer, two-ounce copper printed circuit board Efficient cooling using dual vapor chambers, a nickel-plated finstack and center-mounted axial fan with optimized fin pitch and air entry angles Low-profile components and ducted baseplate channels for unobstructed airflow, minimizing turbulence and improving acoustic quality The GTX 690 is powered by a total of 3,072 NVIDIA CUDA® cores, all working to deliver awesome gaming performance for ultimate gaming setups. Designed for the discriminating gamer and ultra-high-resolution, multimonitor NVIDIA Surround™ configurations, the GTX 690 delivers close to double the frame rates of the closest single GPU product, the GTX 680. Plus, it is more power efficient and quieter when compared to systems equipped with two GTX 680 cards running in NVIDIA SLI® configuration. "The 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. Availability The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 GPU will be available in limited quantities starting May 3, 2012, with wider availability by May 7, 2012 from NVIDIA's add-in card partners, including ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit and Zotac. Expected pricing is $999. More information about the new GeForce GTX 690 is available at www.geforce.com.