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Old 05-04-12, 12:56 AM   #6
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Default Re: Blog of NVIDIA CEO Keynote and GeForce GTX 690 & NVIDIA Conference Call

Originally posted on 5/1 as news on the front page:

The following notes are from NVIDIA's conference call with Tom Peterson and Bryan Del Rizzo, which took place yesterday. The notes are based on the audio portion of a presentation for the GeForce GTX 690.

First and foremost, we congratulated NVIDIA on the GeForce GTX 690 - the "Rolls Royce" of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
  • Benchmarks will begin to appear at your favorite web sites very, very soon.

  • Performance is expected to be "extremely close" to that of the GeForce GTX 680 in 2-way SLI.

  • Absolutely the best GPU that NVIDIA has delivered.

  • Records were shattered for the time, effort and money that were invested in the GeForce GTX 690.

  • No plastic parts.

  • Never before used, albeit expensive, materials are part of the GeForce GTX 690 - glossy look, cast aluminum and magnesium.

  • Magnesium injected GPU and relevant connections provide LED reporting.

  • Clear, scratch-resistant polycarbonate window.

  • Nickel-plated vapor chamber.

  • Thicker copper used to lower resistance of circuit board traces.

  • Low profile device.

  • Ridges cut in baseplate provide greater control of airflow and turbulence.

  • First time ever SLI scales 100% - GPUs were always thermally challenged, but not the GeForce GTX 690.

  • Clock speeds take advantage of the GPU Boost feature.

  • "A beast compared to the competition" (Tom Peterson) with a 6 to 9 month head start.

  • Most power efficient GPU per watt (PPW).

  • Dampening materials for acoustics make the GeForce GTX 690 "quieter" than the GeForce GTX 680 in 2-way SLI.

  • A 915MHz default GPU clock speed increases to over 1GHz with GPU Boost.

  • Designed for overclocking as GPU clock speed approaches 1300Mhz.

  • Each GPU operates independently. One shuts off completely and the other enters a low-power state as needed (for example, 2D Windows GIU operations).

  • Absolutely the best performance and acoustics.

  • Hard launch!

  • The GeForce GTX 680 is in short supply due to high demand. NVIDIA is making sure that as many GPUs as possible are being manufactured.

  • Same voltage as the GeForce GTX 680, but voltage varies based on GPU frequency.

  • Powers up to three 2560x1600 monitors running at 120Hz.

More exciting products and bleeding-edge services are forthcoming...

Want more info? Check out Meet GeForce GTX 690: The Ultimate Graphics Card at

Update: Tom Peterson commented on micro stutter during the conference call. Looking over my notes, I see two comments which go something like "the declining quality of those frame rates" and "more and more time not connected to the frame rate."

So yes, NVIDIA has worked to reduce or eliminate micro-stutter.
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