Last week, NVIDIA sent out boxes that contained crowbars to reviewers around the web. The crowbar had the words "for use in case of zombies or..." and the NVIDIA logo. Nothing more and nothing less. LegitReviews hypothesized that it could be used to open a wooden crate and they were right: a wooden crate was delivered to their office this morning.
As you can see in the picture, the crate warns of "weapons grade gaming power" and has more writing on the side. "0b1010110010", which is is binary for "690" is one of the lines on the side, but I can't decipher what the other two lines mean. Of course you can already guess that the GEFORCE GTX 690 was inside.
With the pry bar that was sent out last week employed, the top of the crate was no match. Inside sat the GTX 690 in all of its $999 glory. Drivers, as of yet, are unavailable and the GTX 690 is set to be available in limited supply May 3. It looks like reviewers will have fewer than 3 days to do their magic before the new card goes on sale.
"The GTX 690 is truly a work of art-gorgeous on the outside with amazing performance on the inside," said Brian Kelleher, senior vice president of GPU engineering at NVIDIA. "Gamers will love playing on multiple screens at high resolutions with all the eye candy turned on. And they'll relish showing their friends how beautiful the cards look inside their systems."