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Nerdgasm Alert: New NVidia Dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690 Is Spec-alicious, Fastest On Market

By David Ponce

Graphic cards are usually the flashier components on any PC build. Where the CPU would be an overachieving Asian student (please forgive the stereotype), the graphic card would be the weightlifter on steroids. Wearing fur. With a (potential) twin. And the new NVidia GeForce 690 takes things to a new level with the kind of nerdtastic specs that make serious gamers’ heads spin. Featuring two 28nm Kepler GPUs, the 690 packs a blistering 3,072 Cuda cores, effectively delivering double the framerates of its predecessor, the 680. And… it can be run in SLI mode, meaning if you have the cash, two of them can sit in your case.

But aside from processing power, there’s some serious mettalurgy going on:

An exterior frame made from trivalent chromium-plated aluminum, providing excellent strength and durability. A fan housing made from a thixomolded magnesium alloy, which offers excellent heat dissipation and vibration dampening. High-efficiency power delivery with less resistance, lower power and less heat generated using a 10-phase, heavy-duty power supply with a 10-layer, two-ounce copper printed circuit board.

This is some serious business so of course, the price is pretty darn serious too: $1,000. Expect it in limited quantities starting May 3, 2012, with wider availability by May 7, 2012.

P.S.: “For Crysis 2 Ultra, the GTX 690 scored 57.8 fps while the GTX 680 scored 32.3 fps. ”

VIA [ Engadget ]

USB Display Adapters Get Updated


By Chris Scott Barr

A long while back we showed you some pretty cool USB video cards. While they wouldn’t do anything to make your games run better, they can increase your productivity. I know that when I’m stuck using only a single screen on my laptop I feel almost handicapped. That’s right, these cool adapters could allow you to add up to six extra monitors to your PC (four extra on a Mac).

The issue with the older adapters is that they were limited to resolutions of 1440×900. That’s good enough for a 19-inch screen, but looks terrible on anything larger. Well thankfully these have been updated and let you output full 32-bit color at resolutions of up to 1600×1200.  That should look great on 24-inch monitors. You get your choice of VGA, DMI or HDMI connectors for $99.

[ OtherWorldComputing ] VIA [ GearLog ]

GeForce 8600 GT: What Do You Guys Think?

xfx 8600 gt

By David Ponce

Back at my place now. Had a massive hard drive failure on the desktop the other day. Perfect excuse to order a new barebones kit, right? Sure, the rest is probably fine… but what fun is being sensible? So, stuff came in the mail today, and here’s the video card: XFX GeForce 8600 GT. I know it’s not the newest, or the best. Just was wondering if any of you guys are using this, and if you have any comments about your personal experience with it.