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Nvidia announces twin-Kepler, 4GB GeForce GTX 690 GPU

By Leeky ยท 23 replies
Apr 30, 2012
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  1. Nvidia has announced its latest graphics card, the range-topping twin Kepler-based dual GPU monster GeForce GTX 690. The combination of two GTX 680 GPU cores onto one board makes this...

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,710   +869

    Can't wait to see real benchmarks of this GPU against SLi GTX 570's, 580's and 680's.
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,494   +3,495

    Really makes me wish I had a few extra thousand dollars just lying around. Two of these on an X79 with all the enthusiast trimmings... I could play some serious Tetris. Alas, I'll have to wait for the benchmarks and settle for the dream.
  4. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,710   +869

    Last I looked Quad GPU setups had many issues and only a select few games support Quad GPU setups properly. I did see a list of 12 or so games that did support a 4th GPU but the 4th GPU scaling was so awful it wasn't worth the time or money. Isn't the sweet spot still 3 GPU's?

    Are things better with 4 GPU's now?
    Cmon techspot do a 3 GPU vs 4 GPU test, factor in money and 4th GPU performance!!
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,494   +3,495

    The petition starts now.
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

  7. +1
  8. $lamscaper

    $lamscaper TS Member


    How could you not want to do this test? Please Techspot, the people have spoken!

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

  10. Probably the best dual-GPU card ever made, in terms of overall balance of performance, material construction quality, noise levels and power consumption. Having said that it should have had 4GB of VRAM per GPU since such a card is perfect for multi-monitor gaming or higher resolutions.

    Still, looking at what happened to driver scaling with HD4870X2, HD5970 and is now starting to happen more often with GTX590/HD6990, it seems once NV and AMD move on to the next generation, the SLI/CF scaling falls off a cliff for older cards, until it's basically permanently broken. In 2014 when Maxwell/HD9000 series are out a $500 card will be better than this. Kinda hard to drop $1K to max out console ports. But sure, for people who make $1k a day, this is a reasonable card.
  11. SCJake

    SCJake TS Rookie Posts: 80

  12. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,513   +900

    Am I the only one concerned about the size of them? I don't know if it is the perspective or not, but they look longer than the mother board. and with that second GPU, it looks like you can't do anything with those bottom connections.
  13. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,494   +3,495

    A lot of the people who will be jumping on these things at and shortly after release will likely have extra large ATX cases that can accomodate the ridiculous size of the card. This has been a frequent complaint with some of the newer top-tier components recently (such as Corsair's 2400Mhz memory modules causing fitting problems for CPU coolers on the X79) , so I imagine that future iterations of the card will be modified for a bit more spacial practicality.
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    At the likely availability and $999 price tag....no they wont. There is light year difference between dreaming of owning one and actually owning one
    Chances of someone dropping 1k on a card and not having a chassis able to fit it....?
    Chances of someone dropping 1k on a card and not being able to buy a chassis that could fit it ?

    You do realise that the card is 11" long....that is to say, the same length as an HD 4870X2 -a card that was launched four years ago, and the HD 5870...and is a full inch shorter than the HD 5970 ( launched Nov. 2009) and the HD 6990. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that anyone seriously looking at the card probably 1. Has a standard sized enthusiast card to start with (10.5" or longer), and/or 2. Already knows the internal dimensions of their chassis.
    Immaterial. All tall RAM heatspreaders have the ability to be problematic for large air coolers on X79. It's also a well known fact-as is the proximity of the DIMMS-to-socket distance for LGA2011
    Nope. Nvidia are already on record as saying that the reference version of the card will be the only version of the card made available. You ever see a non-reference pcb GTX 590 ? (and no, slapping a waterblock on a reference card doesn't count).
    I sincerely doubt that a non-reference version (unless it was 2 x 4GB VRAM) could eclipse the reference design. Dual vapor chambers and a Magnesium/Aluminium/Plexi construction is more indicative of what would be a top-of-the-line limited edition vendor card (I.e. Mars III) in any case.
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  15. venomblade

    venomblade TS Rookie Posts: 69

    Even though it's 2gb per GPU, I really really wish they wouldn't advertise it as a 4gb card. It's tricked many with the "3gb" and "4gb" 590 and 6990 respectively, and now this "4gb" 690 with only 2gb usable overall...I wouldn't drop $1,000 on such a powerful GPU with only 2gb vram.
  16. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

  17. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +105

  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    @ amstech, Burty117 et al with the +1's
    How do you propose to test Tri SLI with a GTX 690 ? The GTX 680* can't be SLI'ed with the dual card.
    Since the dawn of multi-GPU it has been a fact that 2 and 3 GPU's are the effective limit of scaling- either due to drivers, CPU or RAM limitation.
    If you're all that keen on multi scaling of enthusiast cards (hands up all those actually looking at purchasing 3 enthusiast level cards-be truthful now), I'd suggest the Dutch Hardware.info Quad/Tri SLI and CrossfireX review and the Vortez review covering the same ground...albeit the latter with a very odd conclusion based on weighting no-AA benchmarks equally with 4 & 8 x AA - why you would run quad-GPU on a single screen with no antialiasing seems like trying to achieve a manufactured result:
    A quick look at 2560x1600 benches with antialiasing applied shows:
    Crossfire scaling: 64% (CFX over single GPU), 41.8% (3CFX over CFX), 29.5% (4CFX over 3CFX)
    SLI scaling : 72.7% (SLI over single GPU), 32.6% (Tri SLI over SLI), 42.8% (quad SLI over tri SLI)

    *Those with longer memories might even realize that Techspot hasn't done a GTX 680 review since Steve hasn't received a review sample....so I'm not too sure how he's supposed to run tri-SLI through a benchmark suite- even if he was lucky enough to score two GTX 690 review samples. By my count there are ten of you wanting this to happen -that's only $US200 apiece (for the 680/690's) and another $130 or so for the 7970's.
  19. (fascinated) ..oooohhhh...mmmmm....
  20. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    A quick links dump of GTX 690 reviews.
    Hardware Canucks
    Hardware Heaven
    PC Perspective
    Hi Tech Legion
    Guru of 3D
    Tom's Hardware
    Hardware France ( use your preferred translator if you don't read French)

    An exceptional card. Seems to match GTX 680 SLI while running as cool, using less power and quieter than the single card. The fact that it also trade blows with HD 7970 CrossfireX in overall performance, while beating it in temps, noise and power usage means AMD might be burning the midnight oil speccing out the HD 7990.

    With that kind of scaling, I'd like to see the 670 and 660Ti get the same duallie treatment. Pity it won't happen.
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    Seriously think I would trade my 680s in for one of these babies... if I could feel completely safe about the trade. The 690 looks like an amazing card and it addresses one of my peeves about the high end card - why does the casing always feel so cheap?
  22. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

  23. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    Yep - that's my biggest fear. I'm fairly certain I can sell my 680s individually for at least what I paid, but I will probably have a pretty difficult time getting a 690.

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