Excerpt: Hello, gorgeous. That’s what we said when we first laid eyes on Nvidia’s reference design for the GeForce GTX 690 , which combines two full 28nm GK104 GPUs into one PCB and covers them with the best-looking cooling shroud we’ve seen on any videocard. Our in-depth analysis of the reference card can be found here , but we can’t verdictize a reference card.
Pros: Fastest single videocard you can buy; GPU Tweak makes overclocking easy; quieter and more power-efficient than SLI.
Cons: Front-and-back airflow is hard to cool; gets flaky at high overclocks; $50 more expensive than competing cards.