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Submitted by john2 599d ago | news

Nvidia GeForce 310.90 WHQL Released - Updated SLI and 3D Profiles, Performance Boost for GTX690

DSOGaming writes: "Nvidia has released a new WHQL driver for its graphics cards. According to the changelog, this new drivers offers performance improvements on GTX 690 (ray tracing fans will be delighted to find out that there is up to 60% faster performance in ray tracing applications), updated SLI and 3D profiles for various games, as well as a security update for the NVIDIA Display Driver service." (Aliens: Colonial Marines, Far Cry 3, NBA 2K13, NVIDIA, PC, Tech, Warframe)

Lior  +   600d ago
Excellent!
hellvaguy  +   599d ago
Haha $1,000 for a 690 card, whos really that dumb? If I had that much of a hard on to play 3 monitors at 4k resolution each, I think I would just wait 3 months for the price to get cut in half.
ColinZeal  +   599d ago
To answer your question: Someone really rich. End of story.
OhReginald  +   599d ago
gtx 690 has been out for almost 10 months. And not a single price drop from $1000.

Also don't hate on people who can afford a $1000 graphics card.
hellvaguy  +   599d ago
"Also don't hate on people who can afford a $1000 graphics card."
Where did I ever say I hate them? Just because they are stupid, is a completely different meaning from hating someone.

"If somebody earns the money to buy it, they are free to do what they want with their own money."
Where did i ever say they should be jailed for spending too much for getting too little? Just as they are free to do that, I am free to have the opinion that are idiots. And obviously some will think Im the fool for having my opinion.

The thing that annoys me is some people who completely misinterpret a statement, based on on (well I would say stupidity), but to sugar coat it, on an assumption like: o you said you dont like that decision, thus you must hate them. Quite the fail logic there.
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OhReginald  +   598d ago
I didn't misinturpret anything. In most places in the world calling someone stupid because of something like "Someone that can afford a $1000 graphics card is stupid" is just a way of trying to make an insult for NO apparent reason.
AKS  +   599d ago
If somebody earns the money to buy it, they are free to do what they want with their own money.

I'd caution people considering a GTX 690 to carefully consider that it only has 2 GB of VRAM per GPU. You don't just sum up the VRAM on a multi-GPU setup as some are led to believe by manufacturers labeling it a 4 GB card. In reality, it's like a 2 GB SLI setup in terms of VRAM.

I've exceeded 2 GB of VRAM at just 1080p in two games already, Crysis 2 and Max Payne 3. Crysis 2 hit around 2.2 GB without any mods. I'm pretty sure you're going to see more of that in the near future. I wouldn't recommend buying a high end card with less than 3 to 4 GB VRAM. Don't count on Crysis 3 or GTA V to always stay under 2 GB VRAM if you're going to try to run it at a high resolution with High/Ultra settings.

http://cloud.steampowered.c...
OhReginald  +   598d ago
How much VRAM is in this card?

http://www.newegg.com/Produ...

is it the same? 2gb of vram per gpu?

im thinking of building a pc soon, just wondering.
AKS  +   598d ago
Yes. The dual-GPU GTX 690 card has 4 GB total, but it's 2 GB per GPU. Thus, if you had two 2 GB cards in SLI, you'll have 2 GB or VRAM available. Or if you had a card with 4 GB VRAM and a card with 2 VRAM, it's still 2 GB available.

To have a total of 4 GB of VRAM available, you'll need 4 GB per GPU, which is what I have currently (2x GTX 670 4 GB SLI).

We're just getting to the point that 2 GB won't be enough for max, especially if you're heading into really high resolutions. You'll probably only actually need 3 GB of VRAM for awhile for max unless you are going to make some sort of super-enthusiast, multi-monitor setup, but I caution people spending $500 for a card unless it has at least 3 or 4 GB or VRAM. I posted that pic of Max Payne 3 to demonstrate that you can go over 2 GB VRAM at 1080p already. Crysis 2 was the most VRAM hungry so far unless you get into mods. If you're thinking of using mods and/ or SSAA, you'll need more than 2 GB.

It really depends on how far you want to push it. Very high resolution textures and especially high end AA are generally what gobbles up the VRAM most. If you don't mind 2x MSAA, you probably won't need more than 2 GB VRAM right now, but if you aren't interested in top end graphics, why consider a $500 to $1000 card in the first place? There are much more economical alternatives.

I'm hopeful that a more advanced form of anti-aliasing emerges soon, as MSAA or SSAA are murderous to frame rates with deferred lighting. In Far Cry 3, anything above 2x MSAA gives me an unstable frame rate even with the high end setup I put together. I'm hoping more games give the option of TXAA, as that didn't destroy my frame rate in Assassin's Creed III and looked pretty good. I actually wish I could try turning TXAA up another notch in AC3, as I have plenty of power to spare. There was talk of TXAA being added to Battlefield 3, but that never happened.
paddystan  +   599d ago
Awesome! My GTX 690 is ready to destroy more games!
Erudito87  +   599d ago
why do nvidia rarely give any performance increase data about the 670?
Big_Mex  +   599d ago
From what I have randomly read on various threads on different sites is that it is so similar to the 680 that that is what people usually go by in terms of patch note bullet points. Again, that's just from random internet people. I have a 670 as well and wondered the same thing.
Erudito87  +   599d ago
thx for the info
AKS  +   598d ago
Bizarre that you got a disagree for saying thanks. I guess courtesy is not tolerated by some. LOL.
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-MD-  +   599d ago
These driver updates always name the 660 but I have a 660ti, is it safe to assume the changes it lists under 660 are similar for my card?
linkenski  +   599d ago
I wish it would make my GT555m run games better as well :/
ExitToExisT  +   599d ago
No change for me on AC:3 with GTX 670
john2  +   599d ago
The culprit in AC3 is the environmental detail that hits the CPU instead of the GPU. The game needs a patch and not a new driver set
ExitToExisT  +   599d ago
Yeah i noticed 'environmental detail' is the problem. i have 16gb ram, i5 2400 and the gtx 670.
Dropping down all the other stuff doesn't affect my frame rate however with env detail set to very high my fps drops to 40:@
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CRASHBASHUK  +   599d ago
oh it was a major update I see for my GT555M
Plagasx  +   599d ago
Hmm, probably not worth upgrading from 310.70 since I have a 680...
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soulpatchadams  +   599d ago
Far cry 3 is finally stable for me....gtx 680 single card frame hiccups gone. Postfx still a wrecking ball but don't care for it too much anyhow.
user7838697  +   599d ago
Hey noob question is the 690 the strongest or fastest Gpu out there please no fanboyism and a link would be appreciated.
AKS  +   599d ago
Well, there are actually 2 GPUs in this one card. For the moment, the GTX 690 is the fastest single card, although the VRAM could be a bottleneck compared to some other setups. The fastest single GPU cards tend to be the special edition, overclocked versions of the GTX 680 and 7970.

No GPU fanboysim from me; I buy had about 50/50 Nvidia/AMD. I think they both make some pretty awesome cards.
LAWSON72  +   599d ago
Just imagine having 2x690s with 3 displays, man i wish i was rich, the rig i would build.

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