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A new video card from Nvidia or competitor AMD isn't usually all that news worthy, but when the latest card arrives with eight Graphics Processing Clusters, and a total of 4 GB of GDDR5 video memory that runs at 6.008 GHz over two 256-bit memory, that is enough for hard-core enthusiasts to take pause. For everyone else, the release of a video card that carries a price point just under $1,000 will certainly draw attention. Nvidia made it clear the GTX 690, which looks impressive on the outside while providing equally impressive graphics performance, wasn't aimed at the casual gamer.
You know I keep asking myself lately as I realize how well my Windows phone performs on a single core Snapdragon CPU. How much power do we really need on a small form factor like a smart phone. Are we being conned into believing we need as much power as a desktop PC running the latest games? Sure it might be good for Nvidia and its bottom line. But does it really help the end user?
I play PC games just fine on a $130 Nvidia card. So I really wonder about how much better a $1000 card is?