NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590: Dual GF110s, One PCB

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We’ll discuss many of the GeForce GTX 590’s features and specifications here, but before we do, NVIDIA has provided a simple animation that does a great job pointing out a few of the card’s high-level features. Take a look:


Animated Tour Of The GeForce GTX 590--Give It A Minute To Load.
 

Now that you are intimately familiar with the GeForce GTX 590, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. As we’ve mentioned, the GTX 590 is powered by a pair of GF110 GPUs, each with 512 CUDA cores (1024 total), 64 texture units (128 total), 48 ROPs (96 total), and 768KB of L2 (1536KB total). A 384-bit memory interface links the GPUs to 1536MB of GDDR memory (3072MB total).  In light of those specifications, the GeForce GTX 590 is most similar to a GeForce GTX 580 SLI configuration on a single PCB—which happens to be 11” long.

However, to keep power consumption and heat in-line, NVIDIA had to reduce the frequencies of the GPU and memory on the GTX 590. Whereas the GPU on the GeForce GTX 580 hums along at 772MHz with 1002MHz (4008MHz effective data rate) memory, the reference specifications call for the GPUs on the GeForce GTX 590 to be clocked at 607MHz with 853MHz (3414MHz effective data rate) memory. At those clocks, the bilinear texturing fillrate per GPU on the GTX 590 is 38.85 GigaTexels/sec and memory bandwidth is 163.9GB/s, down from 49.4 GigaTexels/sec and 192.4GB/s on the GeForce GTX 580. Of course, the aggregate peak fillrate and memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 590 will be higher than the 580, but due to the lower clocks performance will not match a pair of GTX 580 cards running in SLI mode. At its reference frequencies, the GTX 590 has a TDP of 365W, and cards require a pair of 8-pin supplemental PCI Express power feeds.


The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Full Monty

In addition to designing an ultra-complex dual-GPU graphics card with larger GPUs and a wider interface to memory on a PCB that’s over an inch shorter than the Radeon HD 6900, NVIDIA put a lot of effort into designing the cooling hardware on the GTX 590. Along with the GPUs and memory, the GeForce GTX 590 PCB features four display outputs, three dual-link DVIs and a mini-DP port. This output configuration gives the GeForce GTX 590 the ability to run a triple-monitor 3D Surround setup from a single card.


 
GeForce GTX 590 Vapor Chambers and Fan Shroud

Cooling the GeForce GTX 590 is a single, center-mounted fan that directs air through a pair of vapor-chambers affixed to each GPU. There are also a few heat-plates employed, a longer one on the front that covers the RAM, PCIe switch, and power regulators, and a couple of smaller ones on the backside of the PCB, behind each GPU. Sleek fan shroud covers the entire apparatus, and also sports a lighted GeForce logo by the power connectors. We should also point out that the lighted GeForce logo isn’t just for looks. If there are any power-related problems, the logo will blink to let users know their cards aren’t getting enough juice.

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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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