Remember when we said that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 was the fastest video card in the planet? Well, that’s not true anymore. NVIDIA has managed to one-up themselves by unleashing the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690 during its Shanghai Game Festival today. The GeForce GTX 690 has two 22nm Kepler GPUs in it, which totals to a whopping 3,072 Cuda cores. NVIDIA has spared no expense in the creation of the GeForce GTX 690 – it’s exterior frame is made from trivalent chromium-plated aluminum, while the fan housing is made from thixomolded magnesium alloy, which offers excellent heat dissipation and vibration dampening. The card has Efficient cooling using dual vapour chambers, a nickel-plated finstack and center mounted axial fan with optimized fin pitch and air entry angles. NVIDIA claims that this particular card is 4dB quieter and performs better than two GTX 680s in SLI configuration. Of course, all of that performance isn’t going to come cheap – expect to dish out $1,000 for the privilege of owning one of these bad boys.
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