Nvidia's plated aluminum beast of a graphics card, the GeForce GTX 690, has landed on AnandTech's
test bench today, the day of its official launch
. Combining two Kepler GK104 graphics processing units and 4GB of GDDR5 video RAM, this card is functionally identical to what you'd get if you ran two GTX 680 cards in SLI, with the key difference being that here they're both on the same board. Processing speeds have been gently reduced, in a concession to the power and thermal limits imposed by the single-card arrangement, but that turns out not to have a tangible impact on performance: the GTX 690 is a blisteringly fast card.
With the launch of its Kepler generation of graphics cards, marked by the introduction of the GTX 680
, Nvidia moved...