Nvidia had a big new announcement last Sunday and although it probably wasn't exciting enough to have warranted the teasing they were doing, it is still one beast of a graphics card. Their new GeForce GTX 690 uses the same Kepler architecture as the recently released GTX 680, but like the older 590 it packs two GPUs on the one board. This detailed blog article from Nvidia shares some benchmarks that purportedly rank it almost twice as fast as a GTX 680 in several games.
For those that didn't catch the live-stream on the weekend, Nvidia has now released video footage from the event, which among all of the expected marketing hyperbole, features an appearance from Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli giving a new CryEngine 3 technology demo to show off what the extra power affords them -- claiming to be able to achieve a fidelity previously only seen in CG animations in real-time.
The 30 minute presentation also features some gameplay from the Unreal Development Kit powered mech combat game Hawken and you can watch it in its entirety embedded below or here in our video library.
Due to hit retail outlets on May 3rd 2012 and boasting 3072 CUDA parallel processing cores, chromium-plated aluminum body with a magnesium alloy fan housing and nickel-plated fins it all sounds rather opulent, with a US$999 price tag to match (we're not sure on local price point just yet, but graphics cards don't generally get marked up as steeply in Australia as other IT products).