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    NVidia GTX 690 is now official...

    http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-C...eForce-GTX-690

    Same shader count, same ram speed, only SLIGHTLY cut down core speed. Looks like AMD have their work cut out for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DilTech View Post
    http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-C...eForce-GTX-690

    Same shader count, same ram speed, only SLIGHTLY cut down core speed. Looks like AMD have their work cut out for them.
    915mhz with turbo aimed at certainly 1000mhz .. no worry for AMD.... this explain maybe they release it before wait AMD have release his own dual 7970 ..

    I really dont understand why they release it with lower clock speed, with the fixed TDP of the 680. they had a goo margin.
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    damn card looks gorgeous
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    A bit more info: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...0-preview.html


    AMD won't be able to match this for the foreseeable future. But then again, New Zealand could become a lower priced alternative.
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    I have a feeling AMD is not going to be able to top NVidia this time. That card looks crazy good.
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    Time to retire my 570 SLI for a single 690 WC'd? I think so!

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    What I find interesting is that they went back to 300 W instead of staying at 375 W. Given the 690's clocks, I would think a 375 W variant could be like the 3870 X2, a dual-card with even higher clocks than the corresponding single chip. Then AMD would really have their work cut out for them (at least performance-wise).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanek View Post
    915mhz with turbo aimed at certainly 1000mhz .. no worry for AMD.... this explain maybe they release it before wait AMD have release his own dual 7970 ..

    I really dont understand why they release it with lower clock speed, with the fixed TDP of the 680. they had a goo margin.
    isnt 300W the max draw in the PCI-e spec, that would mean that they need to keep the reference under that but there is no reason that there will not be overclocked or liquid cooled cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zanzabar View Post
    isnt 300W the max draw in the PCI-e spec, that would mean that they need to keep the reference under that but there is no reason that there will not be overclocked or liquid cooled cards.
    The GTX 590 and HD 6990 were both 375-watt max cards, and no one seemed to complain about it.

    I think PCIe spec is just a theoretical target. The companies themselves can dictate what sort of power draw they want from their devices. The issue comes when a nice power supply isn't good enough for a decent card. That's when people start balking about power requirements. As it stands right now, a Corsair 750-watt or more is pretty standard fare for most enthusiasts, so even 375-watt power ceilings are well within reason.
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    Nice looking card. Can't wait to see how it performs when the full review comes out.

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    Improved Frame rate Metering

    Kepler introduces hardware based frame rate metering, a technology that helps to minimize stuttering. In SLI mode, two GPUs share the workload by operating on successive frames; one GPU works on the current frame while the other GPU works on the next frame. But because the workload of each frame is different, the two GPUs will complete their frames at different times. Sending the frames to the monitor at varying intervals can result in perceived stuttering.

    The GeForce GTX 690 features a metering mechanism (similar to a traffic meter for a freeway entrance) to regulate the flow of frames. By monitoring and smoothing out any disparities in how frames are issued to the monitor, frame rates feel smoother and more consistent.
    Finally Nvidia openly acknoledges the stuttering (so far I have only seen them do it in one interview with Nvidia Germany). I was under the impression that Nvidia already employs some kind of frame metering technology (see the techreport article on this issue for example). Maybe it was software based before and is now improved and hardwarebased, utilizing double the bandwidth due to the PCIe 3.0 chip between the GPUs.

    I hope all reviews will touch on this subject and will continue to do so in the future. It's high time that the methodology of looking at fps exclusively is thrown over board. Reviews should also focus on the quality of said fps.

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    Posted this in the Nvidia section a little more info.

    http://www.geforce.com./whats-new/ar...ticle-keynote/

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    I don't particularly like this decision for a whole host of reasons... It's a sweet card, but considering everything that went on with the GTX 680, lack of enough supply, still not enough cards for partners, and the fact that the 680 launched last month. Not to mention, NVIDIA stands to make their board partners happier by selling them 680s and letting them customize and sell them with higher profit margins, etc.

    This sounds like a decision that was too soon and I think they're trying to preempt AMD with this rather than make good business decisions. That is, unless they didn't think they would be able to compete on price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxleitnerb View Post
    Finally Nvidia openly acknoledges the stuttering (so far I have only seen them do it in one interview with Nvidia Germany). I was under the impression that Nvidia already employs some kind of frame metering technology (see the techreport article on this issue for example). Maybe it was software based before and is now improved and hardwarebased, utilizing double the bandwidth due to the PCIe 3.0 chip between the GPUs.

    I hope all reviews will touch on this subject and will continue to do so in the future. It's high time that the methodology of looking at fps exclusively is thrown over board. Reviews should also focus on the quality of said fps.
    Yes, this is interesting.

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    Did you guys see the keynote speech live? For Nvidia, it was done pretty sloppily and felt entirely of a marketing show. They had camera problems at first with the teleprompter, as well as not having audio/stable video streams. Even with these problems, the speech was over 20 minutes late. I was also let down on how they basically paraded developers on stage, showing almost silly scenes/demos, throwing buzzwords and completely ignoring everything interesting about the games in question. What sealed the deal for me (in terms of cheesiness) was the fact that some of the "world first" videos they showed really weren't world firsts at all.......

    That being said, it looks like they are actually serious about the 690 GTX. The heatsink looks very well designed, compared to previous dual-gpu cards. I also did like the fact that there is still room for overclocking. Just now what pricing are we looking at......................

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    Although the TDP is 300W and the target GPU Boost is limited to 263W (maximum value so that it can increase the frequency, but it does not reduce it under 300W), the GeForce GTX 690 is supplied through two connectors PCI Express 8-pin (375W), enough to be able to leave more room for overclocking. Drivers allow an increase of 35% of the target GPU Boost or 355W maximum.
    http://www.hardware.fr/news/12267/nv...e-gtx-690.html

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    At such price, two 680's look a lot more tempting Not to mention faster ^^
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    That cooler does look nice, first time I think I've seen such a reference card with a nice stylish looking cooler. Wonder how loud and how hot it is at load.
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    So, at first midrange sized die of GTX 680 for $499, now we get two of these on a single PCB with a single cooler for double the price?
    Isn't this going to be the most expensive dual GPU card ever (reference, I am not talking about custom solutions)?
    It's a really nice card, but the prices... damn. Nvidia's ripping off as hard as it can.
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    Sexiest card i've seen any years. Better than any custom card. Amazing job by NVIDIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrono Detector View Post
    That cooler does look nice, first time I think I've seen such a reference card with a nice stylish looking cooler. Wonder how loud and how hot it is at load.
    What about the 7900 GTX's?

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