NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590: Dual GF110s, One PCB

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Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a few final data points--namely power consumption and noise. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the graphics cards alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

With two GF110-class GPUs at its core, we expected the GeForce GTX 590 to consume quite a bit of power. And as you can see, it did, but it's no more power hungry than the Radeon HD 6990. At idle the GeForce GTX 590 consumed about 20 more watts than a 6990 and about 30 more than a GeForce GTX 580, but while under load the 590's power consumption fell right in-line with the Radeon HD 6990--the 6990 consumed slightly less in "standard" mode, but slightly more in the overclocked "AUSUM" mode.

With regard to noise, however, it's a no contest. The thermal solution NVIDIA designed for the GeForce GTX 590 was much quieter than the Radeon HD 6990. NVIDIA claimed that the GeForce GTX 590's cooler was somewhat louder than the GeForce GTX 580, but significantly quieter than the GTX 480. Having tested all of the cards, we'd have to agree. The GTX 590 is noticeably louder than the GeForce GTX 580 side-by-side, but it's definitely much quieter than the GTX 480. We should also note that temperatures were a non-issue with the GeForce GTX 590 as well. At idle, the card's GPUs hovered around the 44'C mark and under sustained load they hovered in the mid 80's.

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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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