A certain Santa Clara based GPU manufacturer already mentioned that ‘It’s coming’ and the ‘it’ is finally here in the form of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 graphics card. Taking its place amongst the next generation Kepler lineup comprising of the GTX 680, GT 640M and more, the device in question will be up for grabs in limited quantities starting May 3, 2012.
The GTX 690 incorporates dual GPUs that are based on the 28nm Kepler architecture. Aimed towards high-end gaming rigs, this piece of hardware is equipped with up to 3,072 Cuda cores. On the performance prospective, the company states that the latest unit is more power efficient and quieter than 2 GTX 680s running in SLI mode. Additionally, it should render around twice the frames compared to the latter device.
“The GTX 690 is truly a work of art – gorgeous on the outside with amazing performance on the inside,” states 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.”
Nvidia has dressed this GPU to impress. The frame covering the exterior is crafted from trivalent chromium-plated aluminum for enhanced durability, while the fan housing is built from a thixomolded magnesium alloy that’s said to proffer better heat disposal. It also packs in a nickel-plated finstack and a center-mounted axial fan that creates a dual vapor chamber.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 price amounts to $999. Potential users and avid gamers will be able to lay hands on this Kepler-based GPU when it becomes widely available from May 7 onwards, through partners such as ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit and Zotac.