If there was any doubt after Saturday night as to what NVIDIA's prybar was for, this should put it to rest. FedEx just dropped off the prybar's companion, the venerable wooden crate.

Top: Caution, Weapons Grade Gaming Power

Side: 0b1010110010 [690]

Applying the prybar in a slightly more civilized manner than we would in most video games, we find the GeForce GTX 690 inside. (ed: If this was a 90's video game, then according to the Crate Review System NVIDIA is already doing very well)

That's all we can show you for now. We'll have more on Thursday.



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  • CeriseCogburn - Monday, April 30, 2012 - link

    Except now the NVIDIA drivers address microstutter with frame rate target, and SMOOTH is the result.
    The drivers are currently BETA 301.24 but update all the way back to SERIES 8, the infamous "rebrand" release, breathing gigantic added value into Nvidia's entire line sold for years now.
    At the same time, amd dumped 4000 series and before support.
    Added Value is Nvidia's forte.
  • InsaneScientist - Monday, April 30, 2012 - link

    The drivers don't update all the way back to the GeForce 8 Series because of rebranding; they update that far back because of their "unified driver architecture".
    Basically, due to the way they write their drivers, regardless of the architecture of the card, the driver that they build should work with it. I, unfortunately, can't find a decent explanation of HOW they accomplish that. If anyone knows, please speak up! :)
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    Amd hasn't a clue either, but of course "amd drivers are just as good 'now', unlike 'in the past'.... blah blah blah blah.
    amd drivers a bad, sick joke in comparison.
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    4000 and earlier are just not on a rapid release cycle anymore. There's no more performance to be squeezed out on old cards, just occasional settings/tweaks and bugfixes. So they didn't drop 4000 support.

  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    amd apologist, did they pay you ? Reply
  • RubberJohnny - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - link

    Nvidia Fanboi, did they pay you? Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, May 10, 2012 - link

    No need to be a fanboy when the facts are clear and available.
    No I didn't get paid.
    I find it likely it's a far too expensive job to try to have amd wackos acknowledge simple basic facts and have a minimum bit of honesty when they spew forth their apologetics.
    They are after all living under their amd Gamer's Manifesto activism PR mind bend scheme and hate filled rancor toward nVidia.
  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    I could go with that reasoning, except the ones you mentioned if you look REALLY hard i can notice those. Micro stutter i don't notice at all. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    To add, its most likely on certain system setups to. Reply
  • skroh - Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - link

    Correction: All AMD/ATi multi-GPU configurations experience microstutter. NVidia SLI has implemented a frame-timing algorithm to prevent it for some time now, and that method has more recently been incorporated into hardware. Reply

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