NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590: Dual GF110s, One PCB

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Performance Summary: The new GeForce GTX 590 was a strong performer throughout our entire battery of tests. In comparison to the fastest single-GPU powered cards on the market, namely the GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 6970, the GeForce GTX 590 offers significantly higher performance in every game or application we tested. In comparison to its chief rival, however, the dual-GPU powered Radeon HD 6990, the GeForce GTX 590 ultimately comes up a bit short in terms of framerates. While both cards are exceptional performers, the Radeon HD 6990 offers higher framerates more often than not. The cards were evenly matched in FarCry 2 and Just Cause 2, the GTX 590 came out on top in the Unigine Heaven benchmark, and in Lost Planet 2, but the Radeon HD 6990 led in 3DMark11, AvP, Metro 2033, and in F1 2010.


The GeForce GTX 590 Reference Card

The GeForce GTX 590 should be hitting your favorite etailers almost immediately at a price of about $699. Factory overclocked cards will obviously be a few dollars more. That puts the GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6990 on equal footing in terms of price. Since the Radeon HD 6990 typically offers better overall performance than the GTX 590, that price may raise a few eyebrows, but we see where NVIDIA is coming from with this one. First, the GeForce GTX 590 is noticeably quieter than the Radeon HD 6990, that’s going to be a big plus for many users. The GeForce GTX 590 also allows for triple-monitor surround gaming from a single card, somewhat negating the Radeon’s more flexible Eyefinity capabilities, although AMD still has an edge here for the very small group of ultra-enthusiasts that may want to run more than three monitors. And the GTX 590 also offers support for PhysX and a wide range of CUDA apps that the Radeon can’t. This has historically been the case for GeForce cards, but now with the dual-GPU powered GTX 590 there is more flexibility and obviously more performance to enable all of these things without too adversely affecting framerates. Two of the games we feature in our benchmark suite, for example, Metro 2033 and Just Cause 2, arguably looks more realistic on the GeForce due to its support for PhysX and some other CUDA related features. And NVIDIA is hoping these capabilities add some value. If all you care about is framerates, you’ve probably already made up your mind as to which dual-GPU powered card is better, but there are certainly some other factors to consider.

We’re sufficiently impressed by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 and its rival the Radeon HD 6990. These graphics cards offer performance that’s simply on another level versus even the fastest single-GPU powered cards. Now let’s hope game developers get as excited over this kind of horsepower as we are and release some games that truly take advantage of their capabilities.

  • Extreme Performance
  • Relatively Quiet
  • PhysX and CUDA Support
  • Surround Gaming From One Card

  • Not As Fast As The 6990
  • Hefty Power Requirements
  • Pricey

 

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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.

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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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