Over the last few weeks, Nvidia had been teasing gamers with a big secret announcement. It promised to reveal everything on May 1. Well, Nvidia came through as promised, and on May 1, they revealed the GTX 690, which is basically the most powerful video card in existence today. It combines two GTX 680 cores into one card. With multiple heatsinks and one giant fan, the GTX 690 packs a serious punch in terms of premium gaming performance.

As with most dual GPU core cards, the GTX 690 doesn’t quite double the 680’s gaming performance. Instead, it provides a boost of approximately 150% over a single GTX 680, which is certainly a noticeable amount when you’re running today’s latest games like Shogun 2 or Battlefield 3.

As you might expect, the GTX 690 performs at a nearly identical pace to two GTX 680s combined in SLI. While this may seem like an obvious conclusion, Nvidia and AMD have failed to match SLI and CrossfireX setups with dual-core cards in the past.

Of course, if you’re not satisfied with the core clock speeds in the Nvidia GTX 690, then the manufacturer has left a considerable amount of room for overclocking. With a massive heatsink and fan combination already installed on top of the GPU, it may be difficult to keep the card cool at higher clock speeds, but we’ll leave that problem for the overclockers to figure out.

Put simply, if you want to speed up your PC’s gaming performance, then a card like the GTX 690 is an easy way to do that. If you can afford the $1000 (!!!) price tag, and have a case that can fit an eleven inch GPU inside, then you may want to order your GTX 690 today.

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