Questions for GTX 690 Live Review - Win an NVIDIA Crowbar!!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards | May 2, 2012 - 02:37 PM |
Tagged: video, nvidia, live review, live, kepler, GTX 690, geforce

Yes, we realize it's actually a "flat bar" but that's nearly as cool to say.  Either way, wouldn't you like to win one of these?

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Tomorrow at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT we are going to be streaming a LIVE talk between myself and Tom Petersen centered around the GeForce GTX 690 dual-Kepler graphics card at  We will talk about performance, power consumption, features, show demos and of course take user questions through our live chat room, twitter accounts and more. 

But we also want to get your questions TODAY to help prepare for the event.  If you have a burning question about the GTX 690 or the Kepler architecture and its features, leave us a comment below!  (No registartion required.) Both NVIDIA's Tom Petersen and I will give you our feedback.  The best question will take home an NVIDIA crowbar so you too can be prepared for the coming apocalypse!

If you want, you can also send me a message on Twitter @RyanShrout or on our PC Perspective Facebook page.  

Hurry though, we want them in tonight so we can sort and pick our favorites for the live event tomorrow.  For all the details on tomorrow's show, make sure you check our post right here!!


May 2, 2012 | 02:53 PM - Posted by vailr

Regarding yet unreleased Kepler cards: what will be the best performing SILENT (fanless) card using an nVidia Kepler 600 series GPU? And a possible release date for it.

May 2, 2012 | 02:57 PM - Posted by Bearded Frog (not verified)

Hey cool actually read my idea haha. Or thought of it seperately either way very cool!

My question would be will the 690 GTX outperform two 680 GTXs in SLI, and if so what about two 690s in quad SLI vs 4 680 GTXs in quad SLI? I think it is already quite clear it will out perform the 680s in terms of power consumption but what about raw power?

I'd also like to know what availability of this card is going to be like on launch and if 680 GTX availability will improve upon it's launch but I'm betting thats a question that either cannot or will not be answered.

May 2, 2012 | 02:58 PM - Posted by djotter

When can we expect the middle of the range cards that are so popular? Following on from the hugely successful GTX460 -> GTX560 Ti -> . . .

May 2, 2012 | 03:00 PM - Posted by Bearded Frog (not verified)

Also is it just the crowbar or the cool box too? haha. This would be pretty cool to have.

May 2, 2012 | 03:04 PM - Posted by CoreyD (not verified)

How is the Kepler architecture's performance at non-graphical tasks such as Folding@Home and BitCoin compared to previous architectures? I know previous NVIDIA architectures didn't perform as well at such tasks as AMD cards, so it would be interesting to hear if a new architecture changes anything.

May 2, 2012 | 03:14 PM - Posted by Mr King

What sort of performance can we expect to see in games and applications that do not support multi GPU scaling, and how are the two chips bridged together on the PCB?

May 2, 2012 | 03:16 PM - Posted by jprking (not verified)

During the unboxing of this epic card, like me, did you have a nerd-gasm??

May 2, 2012 | 03:16 PM - Posted by Mr. K (not verified)

Why is GTX690 priced at $999, i.e. twice of GTX680? GTX580 was $499 as well, but dual-GF110 GTX590 was 699. I'd expect similar performance scaling, so how is the $300(compared to GTX590 launch price) higher price justified?

May 2, 2012 | 03:18 PM - Posted by jewie27 (not verified)

Can the GTX 590 get over 40 FPS in Battlefield 3 on Ultra with 3D Vision @ 1080P? So far, I have not found one Nvidia GPU that can do it.

May 2, 2012 | 03:18 PM - Posted by jewie27 (not verified)

I mean 690.

May 2, 2012 | 03:35 PM - Posted by zanthis (not verified)

Will any of the manufactures be making a water block for this monster?

May 2, 2012 | 04:32 PM - Posted by dan (not verified)

Silly question :)
Do you ship the NVIDIA crowbar internationally ?

May 2, 2012 | 04:33 PM - Posted by Kitten Masher (not verified)

Can you discuss the reasons behind doing a more software based "SLI on a card" solution that is currently being used compared to do a more hardware based solution that would physically connect the two gpu's in a way (I know this parallel isn't super accurate) closer to how Intel merged two of its cpu's onto a single die with its C2Q procs?

Would going with a more hardware focused route actually allow for better scaling since it would be closer to just adding more SMX 'units' to the gpu itself?

Is it because you like to make "'Yo dawg, I heard you like pcie" jokes?

May 2, 2012 | 06:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I would imagine the heat density would be very high. Harder to cool.

May 2, 2012 | 06:41 PM - Posted by Kitten Masher (not verified)

I wasn't thinking of actually having them in the same die package, but maybe instead of using a pcie bus + sli to communicate, they could use a more dedicated/mission specific hardware bus to connect the two to more directly share hardware resources. Which would still allow them to still use two separate die packages. Of course, closer = faster.

Going back to the C2Q analogy, it would be like if the FSB could also link two separately packaged C2D's.

May 2, 2012 | 04:42 PM - Posted by 1000dollarsgoodlordoutofmypricerangefornowatleast (not verified)

Many have found the 560/560ti very good for streaming games(although lowering settings on newer graphic intensive games because of play-ability) on how much better is the 690 for such applications? And which non flagship sku's in the 6xx series be in the same range of output for the purpose of streaming. Maybe more specifically what multimedia features should be looked at on the 690 and 6xx series when considering for this application considering upload speed and cpu are not barriers. Basically looking for a good gpu specifically for streaming thx

May 2, 2012 | 05:32 PM - Posted by Caleb (not verified)

What can we expect from the GK110 cards? How will they compare to the GK104 cards? Rough Release period? You Probably cannot comment on any of these questions but I'm in the progress of upgrading graphics and wanted to know how much better the GK110 will be compared to GK104.

May 2, 2012 | 05:38 PM - Posted by tbone (not verified)

Hey Tom and PCPerspective!

What was your favorite part in helping to design the Gtx 690 vs. the Gtx 590?

May 2, 2012 | 05:43 PM - Posted by chris m (not verified)

1) What are the chief benefits over the GTX680 with this card over getting two GTX680s if you already have a PSU and MOBO capable of giving you that capability?

2) Why is the GTX690 $300 more then the GTX590? Given the lack of having to double most components it seems excessive. I would have expected a 4GB frame buffer per chip at that large a premium.

3) I wasn't worried about this on the GTX680 but... What is the sample to sample variation Nvidia is expecting given there are two GK104 chips under that very nice cooler in regards to GPU Boost?

4) What kind of scaling difference can we expect between getting two GTX680s and a GTX690?

5) With the GTX690s using two GK104 chips can we expect better availability of GTX6xx cards in the immediate future?

May 2, 2012 | 06:45 PM - Posted by Rob (not verified)

Is PCI-E 3.0 really required to see the full preformace from the GTX690?

May 2, 2012 | 06:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm just wondering if this card can push the pixels necessary for that 8k tv on the blog the other day.

May 2, 2012 | 09:29 PM - Posted by 1000dollarsgoodlordoutofmypricerangefornowatleast (not verified)

cant wait to watch this live i hope for a preshow even

May 2, 2012 | 10:13 PM - Posted by Humanitarian

Seeing as most of what I'd want to know has already been asked I'll throw a few arbitrary ones.
1. How noisy is the card and how does it compare to other cards?
2. What's the thermal limit and how are the temps under stress conditions with the new cooler?
3. What was the main reasoning behind the $999 price tag? With the GK104 being set for a mid-range GPU with a mid-range price, the margins must have been viable to sell this card for $300-400?
4. And finally, can I have one?

May 2, 2012 | 11:09 PM - Posted by Cam (not verified)

I'd like to ask, what would you have to run on your system in order to load up this card and make it work for its money.

and #2
are there any plans to make this Mac compatible ?

May 3, 2012 | 12:07 AM - Posted by tater2sacks (not verified)

will i need crowbar to fend off ati fans?
that's the only way to get it out my pc if i had a GTX 690.

May 3, 2012 | 01:41 AM - Posted by Antonis Leivaditakis (not verified)

correct if i am right but i think so that the "data" from the graphics card goes to the main memory of the mobo through the cpu and return and then goes to monitor. i heard that the new kepler create a virtual memory which can understant the cpu and use it as mobo memory so it will be more faster, if that is true how it works and why eventually we deed the cpu to rule the work of the gpu and dont let the gpu rule it by herself.
sorry for my english.!

May 3, 2012 | 01:41 AM - Posted by Antonis Leivaditakis (not verified)

correct if i am right but i think so that the "data" from the graphics card goes to the main memory of the mobo through the cpu and return and then goes to monitor. i heard that the new kepler create a virtual memory which can understant the cpu and use it as mobo memory so it will be more faster, if that is true how it works and why eventually we deed the cpu to rule the work of the gpu and dont let the gpu rule it by herself.
sorry for my english.!

May 3, 2012 | 01:46 AM - Posted by THE BOBCAT (not verified)

Will NVIDIA's new Kepler Architecture be seen in a workstation gpu?

May 3, 2012 | 02:51 AM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

What about the GTX690 would make me pass on SLIing my current GTX680 i.e. selling it to turn around and buy a GTX690, besides form factor?

May 3, 2012 | 07:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i just wonder there will be a driver to support PCIE 3 on this time with the relase of the 690 ?

May 3, 2012 | 10:48 AM - Posted by Berger (not verified)

Are there any disadvantages in going with the PLX bridge chip, instead of developing a bridge chip in house like the past iterations?

What is the difference between writing a driver for the 5xx cards and writing a driver for the 6xx cards?

(sorry kind of a M$ question) Will the introduction of windows 8 require all new drivers for these cards to be written?

May 3, 2012 | 12:30 PM - Posted by SirPauly (not verified)


In the Live review can you ask about the improvements the GTX 690 may have with hardware frame metering?

May 3, 2012 | 12:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Technically that's not a crow bar but a flat bar.

May 3, 2012 | 01:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why does not the 690 have a HDMI output?

May 3, 2012 | 07:54 PM - Posted by guestStar04411 (not verified)

If this was your home extreme machine, what MOBO would you choose to use for Quad-SLI, reason asking is I have noticed EVGA 2011 MOBO's have new desgin, in which capacitors are smaller or I can't notice them at all, is this a perhaps bettter desgin in you mind allowing for better thermal conditioning.


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