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With its two graphics chips, the GeForce GTX 590 is the fastest and most powerful graphics card in the NVIDIA 500 series. Will it be able to stay one step ahead of the AMD Radeon HD 6990 and does the dual-GPU set-up have any specific downsides? Find out in our review. It's first of all interesting to note that NVIDIA has managed to pack two GPUs into one 28 cm printed circuit board—that's barely 1 cm longer than the GeForce GTX 580 and, above all, it's over 2 cm shorter than the Radeon HD 6990. As well as its impressive structure, this high-power graphics card isn't too noisy. When idle, although you can still certainly hear the internal fan, it's actually fairly discreet. When working in 3D, it's no more noisy than the GTX 580! OK, so at over 50 dB(A) it's not exactly quiet, but it's still comparable to graphics cards with just one GPU. Nice work NVIDIA! You have to expect a pretty high power consumption from cards with two GPUs. We measured 557 watts drawn by our test computer when gaming, which places this card between the Radeon HD 6990 in '375W' mode and the HD 6990 in '450W' mode.
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.
When the Fermi architecture was first introduced, NVIDIA took a lot of heat (no pun intended) over how this was going to be a hot running, power hog of a card. True to form, that's exactly what we were treated to when the GTX 480 was released almost a year ago to the day. As the year progressed, NVIDIA worked to tame the savage beast and delivered variants of the GF 100 GPU to fit just about every price and performance point. They had some real standouts in the value category in the GTX 460 and GTS 450. Even, while still holding sway over the top of the single-GPU hill with the GTX 480. The AMD HD 5970 still held the king of the hill video card honors though. AMD rolled up their sleeves and took a couple shots at the top with the Northern Islands lineup but NVIDIA countered with the GTX 500 series right before the AMD HD 6900 series launch. Giving, the NVIDIA faithful what they had been waiting for since Fermi was unveiled at the Inaugural NVIDIA GPU technology conference in November 2009. A fully functional 512 core beast of a card. The concerns were going to be the heat output and power consumption issues that plagued the GTX 480.
The months-long jockeying for position between AMD and Nvidia has led to this moment: Who has the faster flagship video card? Nvidia held the crown for a long while thanks to its powerful and polished GTX 580, still the best single-processor card on the market. But when AMD released its dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 earlier this month, and it delivered blistering benchmark results along with a sky-high $699 list price and an ultra-noisy fan, it looked like AMD might own the top tier this generation. Now that Nvidia has released its own dual-GPU card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 (also $699), we definitively know the answer: AMD just wins the performance crown. Nvidia's card has some solid reasons to recommend it - much better noise characteristics, it will fit in a (slightly) wider variety of cases - but for this much money you probably want the fastest card there is. And the GTX 590, in spite of its virtues, is not quite it. The GTX 590 is, however, packed with power. You'd expect that from any two-GPU card in general—the last one Nvidia released was the GTX 295, in early 2009—and especially from one that essentially fuses two powerful GF110 GPUs (the kind used in the GTX 580).
With AMD's Radeon HD 6990 stealing the performance crown only two short weeks ago, we knew it wouldn't be long before Nvidia answered the challenge. The company's GeForce GTX 590 was a poorly guarded secret, with specifications leaking as far back as last fall. Today marks the flagship's official launch and needless to say, we're excited to see how it stacks up to AMD's dual-GPU offering. Before slamming the GTX 590 with our battery of tests, we'd like to quickly recap our Radeon HD 6990 findings. Code-named Antilles, the AMD card is essentially a pair of Radeon HD 6970's fused together, albeit with lower GPU and memory clocks. Overall, it's roughly 6% slower than two 6970s in CrossFire. That deficit is compounded by the 6990's pricey $699 MSRP, higher thermals and louder operation. In other words, despite being the fastest graphics card available (at the time anyway), the Radeon HD 6990's drawbacks made it impractical for the vast majority of users. Unfortunately, that is nearly always the case with dual-GPU cards, so it'll be interesting to see if Nvidia has kept the GTX 590's power consumption and noise levels in check while delivering the expected level of performance at a fair price.
Nvidia's long awaited Dual-GPU video card is finally here. The GeForce GTX 590 is designed for enthusiast gamers that need the highest graphics performance and image quality from a single video card. The GTX 590 is a DX11 based video card designed to allow users to turn up their graphics settings--including resolution, anti-aliasing, and image quality--without causing excessive performance decreases which would otherwise render games impossible to play. With full control over Nvidia's driver game presets and other graphics features, users can also enjoy image quality customization which would allow them to use up to 64x anti-aliasing with a single GTX 590 and up to 128xAA with two GTX 590s combined for Quad SLI. The user needs to over-ride the application AA through the Nvidia drivers. Once that is done a Multi-GPU 64x AA is possible with a single GTX 590. The new Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 uses two GF110 GPUs on a single board, providing up to 1024 CUDA cores (512 per GPU) and 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory per GPU (3GB total). The memory subsystem is very similar to the older single GPU card, the GTX 580, which uses six 64-bit memory controllers (384-bit).