nVIDIA GTX 690 and GeForce Experience
NGF is one of the largest PC gaming events in the world with over 6,000 local and 500,000 online attendees. Top pro gamers will compete in StarCraft 2, League of Legends, and DOTA tournaments for $40,000 in cash and prizes.
CEO and co-founder of nVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang, delivered the Keynote speech with two big announcements.
nVIDIA GeForce GTX 690
The second but bigger announcement was nVIDIA revealing the GeForce GTX 690. It consists of 2 Kepler GPUs and uses a 10-phase power supply to allow maximum overclocking. Its 300 watts of GPU is kept cool with dual water-vapor chambers directly on the GPUs, nickel-plated fins to prevent tarnishing/oxidation, and a fan spinning at 3000 RPM. The GTX 690 uses an aluminum frame with all components bolted down to create a duct of air flow. A magnesium fan housing is used to contain the fan without vibration. Finally, polycarbonate windows finish the design and the name is imprinted on the card.
The card is said to be equivalent to two GTX 680 SLI-connected together. With 3 dual-link DVI outputs and a mini-DisplayPort output, it can support 3 monitors at 5760 x 1080. Its quad SLI allows two cards to be combined for a total of 4 GPUs.
The GeForce GTX 690 may very well be the first dual-GPU graphics card that emerged in full form, free from compromise. It’s the world’s fastest graphics card by a wide margin. It’s quieter and consumes less power than its predecessor. It’s crammed with features that eliminate jaggies and sustains smooth framerates. And to top it off, it’s made of the finest materials, expertly constructed, and with a look that speaks directly of the power that is housed within.
At a MSRP of $999, it’s not a graphics card for everyone. But for enthusiasts who demand the very best and gamers who want a graphics card that will last for generations, the GeForce GTX 690 represents the ultimate in gaming from NVIDIA.
The lettering on the side will light up and the card will make a ding when the card is fully ready for high-end operation.
|Base Clock||915 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1019 MHz|
|Memory Configuration||4GB / 512-bit GDDR5|
|Memory Speed||6.0 Gbps|
|Power Connectors||8-pin + 8-pin|
|Bus Interface||PCI Express 3.0|
For the rest of the details read the nVIDIA GeForce GTX 690′s full announcement.
nVIDIA also revealed GeForce Experience, a cloud connection for PC game settings. It will beta June 6th. The project has been in the works for the past 5 years. GeForce Experience consists of a supercomputer in nVIDIA’s datacenter and a console application running on the client computer. The supercomputer stores combinations of motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and other hardware and the optimal settings for a specific game to get the maximum performance. The console application gets the latest drivers for your GPU and settings for the game you have installed.
And, finally, the prize for worst announcement goes to… nVidia. The stream crashed multiple times, an 80s soundtrack played in the background during every transition, a number of demos were shown while the camera remained focused on the back of the now turned-around CEO instead of showing the demo, the low-resolution and lag-filled stream hardly did any of the demos justice, there were also multiple technical difficulties that the CEO dealt with over the live microphone.