It's coming. Or at least Nvidia tells us it's coming. What the heck is "it?" We're not really sure. Nvidia posted those two ominous words on its Facebook page yesterday, underneath a close-up of the black Nvidia logo on what looked to be a graphics card cooler shroud. How mysterious! One source says it knows what the vague announcement portends, however.
Swedish overclocking site
(as translated and explained by
) says that "independent sources" claim that "it" is the GeForce GTX 690, the long-rumored video card that theoretically sports two, count 'em,
of the GK104 Kepler GPUs found in the GTX 680, 4GB of GDDR5 memory, 3072 CUDA cores and a pair of 8-pin connectors. That, kiddies, would be one heck of a polygon-pumping beast.
SweClockers says that the announcement of the new card will coincide with the launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs, which are (also theoretically) launching next week -- likely on Monday. Assuming the various rumors are true, expect to spend a whoooooooole lot of money to nab a GTX 690 when it launches. Others think we could be looking at the launch of the GTX 670; some say it could be the more powerful GK110-based GTX 685, but that seems highly unlikely.