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Like the rest of the GeForce family, the new GTX 690 also touts a number of gaming-specific features. Its Kepler architecture, which was originally launched last month with the introduction of the GTX 680, equips the new card with hardware-based frame rate metering, a technology that helps eliminate video frame stuttering when playing games. With two GPUs on board, frames can be handled almost simultaneously, which makes for smoother overall graphics, Nvidia said.
Nvidia also introduced at its Game Festival event this week a new cloud-based technology called GeForce Experience, which can assess a PC’s hardware and adjust game settings to run as optimally as possible on the hardware detected.
The new GeForce GTX 690 GPU will be available in "limited quantities" starting May 3, with wider availability slated for May 7. Nvidia said the card will be available from partners including ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit and Zotac, and is expected to start at $999.