Nvidia unleashes $999 GeForce GTX 690 dual-GPU graphics card

Summary:Nvidia had been teasing a new product release on its GeForce Facebook page, and as many guessed, it's a new dual-GPU beast -- with a beastly price.

Nvidia had been teasing a new product release on its GeForce Facebook page, and as many guessed, it's a new dual-GPU beast -- with a beastly price.

The GeForce GTX will be available starting on May 3, pairing two GK104 GPUs in a single package. That means 3,072 Nvidia Cuda cores running at 915MHz, with 2GB of 6GHz GDDR5 RAM for each GPU. As you can imagine, that demands an awful lot of power, but the GTX 690's 300W TDP is far more efficient than the previous dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 (375W), despite housing more powerful GPUs.

To keep things cools, Nvidia has placed a single fan between two aluminum heatsinks that are connected to vapor chambers. According to Anandtech, the company has worked on reducing obstructions to fan ducting to help reduce the noise the GTX 690 generates.

All of this comes at a very steep price -- $999, or the same as a pretty capable desktop. While that's a staggering amount, you're getting almost all of the benefits of two GeForce GTX 680 in SLI configuration, but in a single card. Nonetheless, the GTX 690 will appeal to a very small segment of buyers. Are you one of them?

Topics: Hardware

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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