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NVIDIA nTeresting Newsletter - April 30, 2012

It's Here: GeForce GTX 690

NVIDIA has been running a teaser campaign with a simple tag line: It's coming! The predictions ran wild! Well now ‘it' is here and boy is it something special.

"It has been a little while since I got a weak in the knees for a piece of hardware, but that feeling is back with the GTX 690. I am almost getting that Voodoo II 12MB SLI feeling again! If you are one of "those guys," you are going to want a GeForce GTX 690."

Sunday at the GeForce LAN taking place in Shanghai, NVIDIA's CEO Jen Hsun Huang revealed the secret, the GeForce GTX 690. The GeForce GTX 690 is our new flagship product and the world's fastest consumer GPU. Powered by dual Kepler architecture-based GeForce GPUs, GTX 690 is meticulously designed-inside and out-to deliver the most refined, elegant and smooth PC gaming experience.

"Be still, my spec-hungry heart. NVIDIA's latest and greatest is a monster in a beautiful body. Dual-GPUs, 28nm Kepler architecture, 3,072 CUDA parallel processing cores, ARRGH ARRGH ARRRRRGH! This beast basically doubles the performance of the already awesome GTX 680."

For the world's fastest GPU we really upped the industrial design ante, too. Crafted from a combination of aluminum and magnesium alloy, and cooled by dual vapor chambers, it is also the most visually striking graphics card we've ever designed.

"Can you imagine a video card without any flimsy plastic parts? Now you can because the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 will not be composed of any cheap plastics. A heavy duty dual vapor chamber cooling system relying on heavily nickel plated finstacks will sweat what little heat these GPUs pump out. A cast aluminum frame with trivalent chromium plating gives the card a unique look and tremendous rigidity. An injection molded magnesium fan housing adds to the formidable stiffness of the card. A brand new thixomolding process was used to get the required part precision.

The fan housing is made from injection molded magnesium alloy. Magnesium alloys are used throughout the automotive and aerospace industry (including the engines of the Bugatti Veyron and F-22 Raptor) for their light weight, heat dissipation and acoustic dampening properties - which is the same reason we use it in the GTX 690."

The cards began getting crated in today, so look for reviews soon.

Get the GeForce Experience

NVIDIA also used the stage at GeForce LAN in Shanghai to announce a new initiative called GeForce Experience. GFE is a complete cloud server solution which ensures game settings are optimized to play on your system, delivering the best possible gaming experience to your particular machine.

"In order to make the experience of PC gamers reflect the quick setup nature of the console market, NVIDIA will be introducing GeForce Experience. GeForce Experience essentially leverages the power of cloud computing to store an almost unlimited number of system specifications and combinations alongside game information and requirements. Through a simple console-type application, your system can communicate with NVIDIA's cloud servers and the app can automatically optimize any game based upon your specific setup. No more lengthy setup process will be required. Naturally, you can still tweak to your heart's content after that but at least the initial setup will be done for you."

With the GeForce Experience your customized, optimized game settings are one click away.

"It's all based around an Internet connection and (presumably NVIDIA-powered) GeForce Experience supercomputers, which scan your system configuration when you boot up a game. Hardware components, operating system, driver status -- it'll all make a difference. After launching a game, you'll be presented with a listing of default game settings alongside a listing of settings recommended by NVIDIA for achieving the maximum eye candy possible with your PC. One simple click activates the optimal settings.

NVIDIA and Phosphor Studios Create a Beautiful Nightmare with Dark Meadow: The Pact for Tegra 3-powered Devices

After much anticipation from Android enthusiasts and gamers alike, NVIDIA and Phosphor Studios launched the new game, Dark Meadow: The Pact, for mobile devices powered by Tegra 3.

A horror-game that shakes you to the core, Dark Meadow feeds into all the necessary elements of a survival story-amnesia, escape, endurance and inherent good vs. evil.

Devouring Tegra 3's 4-PLUS-1 quad-core technology in all the right ways, the Tegra 3-optimized Dark Meadow: The Pact features rich enhancements, including higher polygon count, animated textures, and gorgeous water and dynamic particle effects that push the boundaries of what's next in mobile gaming.

So far press have called the Tegra 3 version of Dark Meadow: The Pact "more alive than the iOS version", and others have scared up praise including,

"This is how mobile gaming was meant to be. If you have a Tegra 3-powered device, it's simply a must-have game."

"Dark Meadow has started off as the best Android game I have ever played... (it's) like a good book that you don't want to put down, and now I'm finding myself wanting to go play more after I get this post up."

"In fact, the whole experience reminds me a lot of PC games just a few years ago, which is incredible considering I'm playing this on a tablet."

To download Dark Meadow for yourself, check it out on Tegra Zone and Google Play.

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget? No Problem. ASUS Unveils Tegra 3-Powered Transformer Tablet Under $400

This week, ASUS announced the Tegra 3-powered Transformer Pad TF300, the little brother of the much-applauded quad-core Transformer Prime tablet.

The TF300 packs some stellar features like Tegra 3's 4-PLUS-1 quad-core technology, Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, and its own unique keyboard dock. But it can be had for under $400 - making it an awesome value for Android fans.

Press got an early look at the TF300 tablet, and agree that ASUS has delivered another stellar experience - from impressive battery life to top-notch mobile gaming capabilities. All at a price point that will make our wallets a bit happier.

Check out what they're saying about the Transformer Pad TF300...

"In a sentence: truth be told, the TF300 just might be the best choice for somebody looking to buy an Android tablet on a budget right now."

"The combination of performance, features and price may be the best we've seen yet from any Android tablet."

"Asus stands to see significant success with the Transformer Pad TF300T, a device we consider to be the best buy available for an Android-based tablet."

"Just a few months ago, I didn't think that I would associate an "excellent" rating with a $400 product, but to make a long story short, Asus did it again."


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