NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590: Dual GF110s, One PCB - HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590: Dual GF110s, One PCB

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Over the years, we have consistently been impressed by cutting-edge dual-GPU powered graphics cards, not only for their relatively high performance, but because of the engineering involved to design, build, and bring the cards to market, in form factors not much bigger than their high-end, single-GPU based counterparts. From the GeForce 7950GX2 to the GeForce GTX 295, or the Radeon HD 3870X2 to Radeon HD 6990, top of the line (for their time) dual-GPU cards have offered performance that’s head and shoulders above rival single-GPU cards of their generation. There have always been some specific issues to contend with, with dual-GPU powered cards, namely power and software support, but by and large they have been the more drool-worthy component level hardware to come through the lab.

A couple of weeks ago, we showed you AMD’s latest dual-GPU powered graphics card, the Radeon HD 6990. Sporting a pair of Cayman-class GPUs, 4GB of RAM, and foot long PCB, the Radeon HD 6990 proved to be one heck of a performer. Today, it’s rival NVIDIA’s turn to unveil their latest dual-GPU powered flagship, the brand new GeForce GTX 590.

We’ll dig into the GeForce GTX 590 in the pages ahead, but much can be deduced from the couple of pictures and specifications below. The GeForce GTX 590 is built with a pair of fully-functional GF110 GPUs, the same used on the GeForce GTX 580, each with 512 CUDA cores and 384-bit memory interface linked to 1.53GB of GDDR5 memory per GPU, for 3.07GB total. Those specs alone allude to the GTX 590’s high performance, but there’s more to the story.


The Surprisingly Sleek NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Reference Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Dual-GPU Graphics Card
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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590, The Backside

In our coverage of the Radeon HD 6990 a couple of weeks ago, we said, "A lot of engineering when into designing and building the Radeon HD 6990. So much work in fact that it has spanned a few GPU generations."  The same is true of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590. So, with that in mind, we’d suggest checking out a few past HotHardware articles to fully grasp all of the technology that the dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 590 has to offer. We won’t be rehashing many of the architectural details that have already been covered in these previous articles:

In our coverage of the GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 580, we go in-depth regarding the architecture and features of NVIDIA GF100 and GF110 GPUs, and its two GF110 chips which power the GeForce GTX 590. In our reviews of the GeForce GTX 295 and 9800 X2, we discuss some of the methods and technologies NVIDIA has employed in some previous dual-GPU powered offerings. If you're in need of a refresher, take some time and peruse a few of those articles, then cruise on ahead to check out the most powerful graphics card NVIDIA has released to date. By far.

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The Big winner is ATI, and the 6970 in CrossFire and it's odd that their performance numbers were not included in the review, due to the fact that the GTX 590 is a dual graphics cards) This is no doubt a powerful card (GTX 590) , but the best value comes from ATI. I admit I was hard on the 6970 when it debuted, As I look back , it had excellent performance all around , plus 4 monitor set up right out of the box if you need it that.

Put two 6970 and you will be rocking any game @ high details. Don't get me wrong, the GTX 590 is an amazing feat, both for its size , noise level, engineering and driver support, but it failed to really topple the 6990.

If money is no Object, I might be inclined towards two 6990... for value performance, I would choose two 6970 in crossfire.

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These cards seem to be on pretty even footing really. I know the numbers don't say it completely, but really the degree of performance with doth the ATI/AMD and Nvidia cards is astronomical. I am and have been an ATI user for quite some time, yes I have owned Nvidia hardware, but ATI has been my default. I even still have my original ATI All in wonder Pro lol. But the thing here is that for about $100 less you could crossfire or SLI a couple of these for cheaper. I know it is $100 dollars, but if you are gonna blow $700 bucks on one video card why not just get three and do the real combination thing anyway really.

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The price tag on this card is insane as with most of the new high-end cards. I know they may be in some cases worth their weight in gold, but man thats almost half the cost of my last rig. I will have to save up for a new card soon. All I can say is wow I could put a down payment on a new motorcycle for that much.

Intel i7 920

EVGA GTX 285 2GB FTW x 1

6 GB Corsair Dominator

Asus P6T v2

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well its finaly here maybe the price will drop for some other earlier cards.

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With BF3 coming out later this year with its focus on the PC market how can you not have a BC2 benchmark? If there's one game that this card will play it is BF3! On top of it, BC2 is one very graphical and awesome game so should be a benchmark even without BF3.

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Schmich: I tend to disagree. While it does look awesome graphically, benchmarketly it's a little disapointing as even with a 580 at 920Mhz you can get high framerates even with a higher-resolution, so yeah...

Besides, while I like the game (and the fact that I won it in an HH contest myself.) It stresses the GPU card in terms of temperature rather then framerates, I got like 72-76 degrees playing with BF:BC2 compared to the meager 66-71 degrees I get benchmarking with Heaven or Crysis.

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What would BC2 performance have to do with BF3? The games will have totally different performance profiles. The numbers from one mean nothing in comparison to the other.

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I'm upgrading from a GTX 295 to a GTX 580, which is currently on the way. I expect a good increase in performance but these numbers have me intrigued but my wallet scared.

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If you have to play everything in the highest detail possible than you need a top of the line graphics card like this or the 6990. Personally I always stay 1 step below top of the line when building a rig since the brand new cards are so expensive and only top of the line for a few months at best. I also am more focused on lag when playing games than having to play at the absolute highest graphics settings. It's more about the experience than the eye candy for me.

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I agree, buying middle of the road seems like wisest option; the gtx 570 and 580 are amazing cards that wont cost you 700! Yikes! I do a lot of 3D and after effects work so I usually skimp on the graphics card and put more money towards the processor and ram. This card is a beast though, good work nvidia!

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