The GeForce GTX590 Arrives For War at $699
We have seen dual AMD’s dual GPU card HD 6990 and it was awesome.
Now its my personal favorite Nvidia to fight back with GTX 590!!!
NVIDIA GeForce GTX590 Ammo Case
We all knew that NVIDIA had been working on putting two Fermi GPUs on a single graphics card for some time and, to be honest, it has to be tough to put that much GPU on a single card. NVIDIA found a way to take over 2200 components and get them assembled together on a single PCB to create their new flagship GPU called the GeForce GTX 590. The GTX 590 combines the power of two GF110 GPUs, the same GPUs used on the GeForce GTX 580, on a single graphics card. With a total of two GF110 GPUs packing 1024 CUDA cores and 3GB of GDDR5 memory you know this card isn’t going to be cheap. The suggested retail price of the GeForce GTX 590 is $699.99, but for that you will get the ultimate GeForce GTX gaming experience and the ability to run Quad-SLI on just two cards.
NVIDIA’s marketing department sent over a nice looking 5.56mm military ammo crate to celebrate the launch of the GeForce GTX 590. We also got a custom made dog tag that said ‘1st Division GTX590 Squadron’ on it along with a marketing kit on a dog tag USB drive. It looks like we are going to war sans the bullets and the video card!
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 reference design comes with 1024 CUDA Cores (512 per GPU) and 3074MB or 3GB of GDDR5 memory. The memory subsystem of the GTX 590 is similar to the GTX 580, with six 64-bit memory controllers (384-bit) with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory per GPU (3GB total). Clock speeds for the GeForce GTX 590 are 607MHz graphics clock/1215MHz CUDA Cores. Memory speed is 3414MHz data rate. These speeds are slower than what you would find on a GF110 GPU on a GeForce GTX580, but they had to be lowered to keep the card’s thermal profile from getting too unruly. Notice that the board’s TDP is designed for 365W and that is what the GPU cooler is designed to handle. Extreme overclocking will need to use better cooling, so if you want to push the envelope with one of these cards then you better get ready for water cooling!
NVIDIA GeForce GTX590 Specifications
NVIDIA said that over 2200 components are being used on the GeForce GTX 590 and that the card is an engineering marvel.
OUT SPECS 🙂
ALIENS VS PREDATOR
FINAL THOUGHTS AND CONCLUSION
It’s hard to believe the last dual-GPU video card by NVIDIA was the GeForce GTX 295 and that card was launched way back in January 2009! For more than two years there wasn’t an update for this flagship part, but that all changed today with the GeForce GTX 590. To make this dual-GPU beast work the engineers at NVIDIA took the GF110 GPU that is found on the GeForce GTX 580/570 cards and reduced the clock speeds to make a card that was running at 365W. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 is a welcomed addition to the NVIDIA GeForce 500 series of graphics cards and it did prove itself to be faster than the GeForce GTX 580 and is the new flagship video card for NVIDIA!
The lack of fan noise and the tame GPU temperatures were very impressive to us during testing. We saw the GeForce GTX590 get into the low 80C’s during game benchmarking with the fan on auto and that was a bit of a shock considering what hardware is on this card. One of the reasons that this video card ran so cool is that NVIDIA had to drop the frequency from 772MHz used on the GTX 580 cards to 607MHz for the GTX 590. This obviously reduced the capabilities of the card, but NVIDIA wanted it to fit in that 365W TDP category. We did notice that while this GPU cooler used on the GeForce GTX 590 is great for mild overclocks it wasn’t designed for those that want to increase GPU voltages and do extreme overclocking. With the right cooling, though, this card is going to be amazing as we were able to hit over 800MHz with the stock cooler, but our attempts at high benchmarking numbers were foiled due to the voltage throttling on the card when a certain temperature or power draw is reached.
We know that companies already have water blocks available for these cards as EVGA is coming out with a water cooled card. That route would be the best choice if you wanted to overclock and get the most performance out of your system. EVGA told us that their water cooled GeForce GTX 590 classified card will run $879, which puts it in a league of its own! After overclocking the card we now know why NVIDIA went with such a conservative clock setting, but with the right cooling it can be overclocked. In case you don’t know the clock speeds on the GeForce 500 series cards you can check them out below.
- GTX 590: 607 MHz
- GTX 580: 772 MHz
- GTX 570: 732 MHz
- GTX 560 Ti: 822 MHz
- GTX 550 Ti: 900 MHz
When it comes to pricing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3GB video card is priced at $699.99, which is $10 less than the AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB video card as they run $709.99 online. With both cards priced so close together and the gaming performance benchmarks also being split between the two depending on the title it really comes down to what features you want and what drivers that you’ve had the better luck with. We love the fact that you can hook up three monitors with this card and run 3D Vision Surround with just one card. Before this card you always had to run an SLI setup, so for those that run multiple monitors this is a better solution. With stereoscopic 3D, PhysX and tons of CUDA applications this card should be on the short list to buy if you want the ultimate in single card performance. It should also be noted that NVIDIA is only allowing ASUS and EVGA to sell GeForce GTX 590 cards in North America as they are the two best selling brands in this area.
Bottom Line: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 is the new flagship single slot graphics card from NVIDIA and while it wins many of the benchmarks, it doesn’t win them all and faces competition from the AMD Radeon HD 6990 that is equally priced.