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Nvidia has pipped AMD to the post by getting in there first with its new-generation twin-GPU graphics card. The GeForce GTX 690 has the kind of tech specs that get computer geeks (like us) drooling, including two GK104 chips—as used in the GTX 680—a high-end finish with exclusive new materials and the promise of monster performances. The GeForce GTX 690 uses two Kepler GK104 GPUs as previously seen in the GeForce GTX 680. Each GPU therefore has 1536 CUDA cores, a 256-bit bus and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory at 1502 MHz. However, the clock speed of the GPUs has been reduced slightly, from 1006 MHz to 915 MHz. The Thermal Design Power (TDP) is 300 watts. Graphics cards with two GPUs have always been big, power-hungry and very noisy. And while Nvidia hasn't managed to avoid all these pitfalls, the component-maker has managed to improve things considerably. At 28 cm, this card is 2.5 cm longer than the GTX 680 and is exactly the same size as its predecessor, the GTX 590. However, we were a little surprised at the cooling system, which consists of two aluminium radiators (one on each chip) and a central fan. The problem with this kind of set-up is that some of the hot air gets pushed into the casing. That said, it proved particularly effective in the GTX 690.
After testing the GeForce GTX 680 last month, it was practically a foregone conclusion that a dual-GPU powered graphics card based on the same GK104 GPU was coming down the pipeline. The GK104 at the heart of the GeForce GTX 680 was able to best AMD's current flagship GPU more often than not in our testing, and it did so while consuming less power and with a smaller chip die size. If NVIDIA could stick two of their previous-generation, much larger and more power hungry, GF110 chips onto a single card with the GeForce GTX 590, doing the same with the GK104 would come as no surprise. As you'll see a little later though, NVIDIA did have a few surprises in store with the GTX 690, even if we all sort of knew the card was coming. According to a few folks we spoke to at NVIDIA, company CEO Jen Hsun Huang told the team to spare no expense and build the best graphics card they possibly could, using all of the tools at their disposal. The result was obviously the GeForce GTX 690, but in building the card, the team at NVIDIA employed a number of new components and materials that set the card apart from the company's previous dual-GPU powered offerings.
Just over a month ago NVIDIA proved it was on the right track when it released the GTX 680 that featured an all new GPU micro architecture called Kepler. The GTX 680 proved to be the fastest single GPU card on the block and addressed issues that seemed to dog the Fermi-based offerings including power consumption and heat. With the drop to 28nm, the GK104-based GTX 680 delivered excellent power consumption and thermal performance to match its impressive gaming performance. It soundly beat AMD's HD 7970 in just about every test it was run through including in Surround (Eyefinity) resolutions of 5760x1080. Again, impressive to say the least. Now here we are a month later and NVIDIA just announced the successor to the GTX 680 with the introduction of the GTX 690. This balls out card features not one but two full powered 28nm GK104 GPU cores with 3072 CUDA cores and 4GB of 6Gbps GDDR5 memory. I have to think NVIDIA learned some valuable lessons from the GTX 590 that was down clocked to meet a power envelope to put a card such as this out as its flagship offering. If it is as good as GTX 680 SLI it will prove to be a success.
AMD and Nvidia are notorious for routinely trading off the trophy for the best video card on the planet. But judging from Nvidia's latest release, the GeForce GTX 690, we can't help but wonder if the company may hold onto it for slightly longer than usual this time. This isn't just because of its speed, which is considerable, but also because of how well it holds up against two GeForce GTX 680 cards united in Scalable Link Interface (SLI) mode, and because of its power usage—which may just be its most attractive feature. Alas, there's always a "but," and the GTX 690's is its price: a whopping $999 (list), upping the bar that other dual-GPU cards have set around $700-$800. But if you crave the speediest and most power-efficient card you can get, don't let price stand in your way of this one. Given that it's based on two GK104 GPUs (the same used in the GTX 680), there's not a lot to say about the GTX 690 from a chip-level standpoint that we haven't already said; there's mainly just a lot of multiplying by two to be done. Eight Graphics Processing Clusters (GPCs) mean 16 advanced Streaming Multiprocessor (SMX) units, 3,072 CUDA parallel processing cores, 256 texture units, and 64 ROP units.
At the NVIDIA Gaming Festival 2012 in Shanghai, China, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced to the world the da ge (meaning "big brother" in Chinese) of the latest GeForce 600 family—the GTX 690. Designed with dual-Kepler GPUs, the GTX 690 is the fastest gaming card available on the market today. When the GTX 680 was released, no one had any doubt that a dual-GPU version was in the pipeline. The question left in everyone's mind was what kind of sacrifice in terms of performance and feature would be needed to cram two Kepler GPU's onto one PCB. Traditionally, a dual-GPU card often has its clock speed lowered and a few processing units disabled in order to meet the power and heat requirements. With the GTX 590, NVIDIA packed two fully functional GF110 GPUs but had to dial down the clock speed; each GPU was significantly lower than they would be on a GTX 580. Click Images to Enlarge Thanks to the transition to the 28nm fabrication process, NVIDIA can use the relatively small and power efficient GK104 found in the GTX 680 despite the fact that it is packed with 3.5 billion transistors.
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