Originally Posted by geoxile
100mhz less than the 680? Really? I bet they'll use a lesser combined VRM and won't OC as well as two 680s. The worst part is the price...It's exactly the price of two 680s, where's the value? Other than quad-SLI there's no incentive to get this thing.
Reference 680s have a 4-phase design. The GTX 690 will have 10-phases. It will have no problem OC'ing.
This card isn't here for "value" per se; it's here because it's a dual-GPU solution for those that may not want two individual cards. Also, its TDP is going to be lower than 2x GTX 680s, as will the noise factor since it's one PCB. Not only that, but if you watercool...you'll also only have to dish out for 1x waterblock.
The primary incentive is having the power of the top of the line Kepler, multiplied by two, in a single package. Thus, Nvidia regains the fastest GPU (single and dual) title as well.
Not sure why people continue to harp on the price - again, this is the first dual-GPU card that Nvidia has released that contains two of their highest-end flagship cards into one, without any compromises. The 9800GX2, GTX 295 and GTX 590 all either had their limitations that did not allow them to match the performance of individual cards in SLI, or it wasn't the top of the line GPU being used inside the dual GPU card.
The price, again, makes perfect sense. You'll have equal performance to 2x GTX 680s, with less slots, less power consumption and a less noisy package, for the same price. Tell me again why it needs to be lower?