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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 10:37

Gainward GTX 590 previewed

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Preview: The mother of all Geforces


Nvidia launched its Fermi based dual-GPU GTX 590 on March 24 and we’ve received Gainward’s Geforce GTX 590 3072MB GDDR5. The card is based on reference design which means that it’s pretty much identical to most other GTX 590 cards, except for the sticker of course.

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GTX 590 is a beast with more than 6 billion transistors, thanks to two GF110 GPUs. Each GPU comes with 512 CUDA processors. Basically, it means that the card has eight GPC (Graphics Computing Clusters), 128 texture units, 32 streaming multiprocessors and 96 ROP units. Each GPU has 1.5GB of memory and 384-bit bus connection.

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Gainward’s card looks pretty nice and one wouldn’t think that it’s a dual-GPU card by just looking at it from the front. The blower fan used earlier was replaced by the central style fan design. The fan isn’t too loud, although you’ll hear it well, but the most important thing is that the thermals are kept in check.

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Gainward GTX 590 allows you to indulge in some Nvidia Surround without having to buy another Geforce card. All Fermi cards, except of course GTX 590, allow for only two Displays at the time. Nvidia opted for three dual-link DVIs and one DisplayPort out on GTX 590.

You can find some preliminary GTX 590 results below, and it confirms that GTX 590 and HD 6990 have locked horns fighting for dominance. Judging by these, it looks like the crown of the fastest card may very well be decided by drivers.

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+8 #1 Boomstick777 2011-03-30 11:16
Quote "The card is based on reference design which means that it’s pretty much identical to most other GTX 590 cards, except for the sticker of course"

Great this means you can expect this card to explode aswell. If you are crazy enough to buy one of these just make sure you power off your PC overnight!
 
 
+16 #2 Boomstick777 2011-03-30 11:18
Hmm curious that the benchmark there has it beating the HD 6990 in 3D mark 11 yet everywhere else has the HD 6990 beating the GTX 590 by some margin.

Nvidia claim the GTX 590 is the fastest card yet it clearly isn't. Where is the proof Nvidia? Fake benchmarks isn't enough..

AMD call out Nvidia http://blogs.amd.com/play/2011/03/25/2056/
 
 
-13 #3 Drac 2011-03-30 11:43
Oh dear..you amd fanboys really becoming more than a joke,you complaining about this site,yet still coming here trolling and leave your typical amd fanboys spam..
I actually find,that you amd fanboys much more worst than NV fanboys,at least they not stupid spotty teenagers like amd ones LOL Oh well,exept some warriors,but thats doesnt count,he is just comedian,while amd fanboys have some proper idiots like DAN,BOOMSTICK,B LO33ER and some others who spamming here constantly
Well,keep trolling DAAMIT fanboys,it makes good laugh :D LOL
 
 
+11 #4 Boomstick777 2011-03-30 11:46
Quoting Drac:
Oh dear..you amd fanboys really becoming more than a joke,you complaining about this site,yet still coming here trolling and leave your typical amd fanboys spam..
I actually find,that you amd fanboys much more worst than NV fanboys,at least they not stupid spotty teenagers like amd ones LOL Oh well,exept some warriors,but thats doesnt count,he is just comedian,while amd fanboys have some proper idiots like DAN,BOOMSTICK,B LO33ER and some others who spamming here constantly
Well,keep trolling DAAMIT fanboys,it makes good laugh :D LOL


Spoken like a true Nvidia fanboy ignorant and moronic, in the face of an absolute failure of a card. You still worship Nvidia, you Nvidia fanboys will never wake up
 
 
+4 #5 enjoi.adrian 2011-03-30 11:54
Quoting Drac:
Oh dear..you amd fanboys really becoming more than a joke,you complaining about this site,yet still coming here trolling and leave your typical amd fanboys spam..
I actually find,that you amd fanboys much more worst than NV fanboys,at least they not stupid spotty teenagers like amd ones LOL Oh well,exept some warriors,but thats doesnt count,he is just comedian,while amd fanboys have some proper idiots like DAN,BOOMSTICK,B LO33ER and some others who spamming here constantly
Well,keep trolling DAAMIT fanboys,it makes good laugh :D LOL


get better engrish and grandma.. i mean grammar. your making my eyes bleed.
 
 
-2 #6 Iggy Mengele 2011-03-30 11:58
Quoting Boomstick777:
Nvidia claim the GTX 590 is the fastest card yet it clearly isn't...

Check AMD's site-same deal- "Faster than the Worlds Fastest..." schtick.
Fact: Neither card is outright faster than the other. For every AMD favourable game (F1 2010, AvP, DAO etc.) you'll also find cases the the opposite is true- Lost Planet 2, BattleForge, HAWX2 etc.
Add in the compute benchmarks ( http://www.anandtech.com/show/4239/nvidias-geforce-gtx-590-duking-it-out-for-the-single-card-king/15 and http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1138/pg16/asus-nvidia-geforce-gtx-590-graphics-card-launch-review-gpu-assisted-computing.html ) and add in 3D multi-monitor gaming and things more than even out.
 
 
+7 #7 123s 2011-03-30 12:04
But 6990 rapes 590 in games like Metro and Crysis, the only games that need a card like that to play them with max settings.

Difference in Stalker is huge too, I dont think its good playable with a 590 and 8x AA
 
 
-17 #8 bardenck 2011-03-30 13:40
Quoting 123s:
But 6990 rapes 590 in games like Metro and Crysis, the only games that need a card like that to play them with max settings.

Difference in Stalker is huge too, I dont think its good playable with a 590 and 8x AA



ive checked several reviews and in relevant dx11 titles, the 590 wins! look above you for example....6990 loses in metro at every resolution and AA configuration! and i know from before youve argued the fact that a card winning is only important in metro and crysis...well it wins at every review site in both those games! ha, either way its a close race with advantages for both teams...physx, 3d vision, tesselation...oh wait, those are only for nvidia..sorry..did you even read this review?!
 
 
+4 #9 123s 2011-03-30 14:03
Its probably because they used PhysX and obviously a NV card will beat AMD then, without that crap 6990 got more FPS in Metro.
You cant hope that NV will always pay the devs so why counting with specific settings ? AMD got some 3D stuff too and tesselation is a mostly a DX11 thing...(but tesselation units were used on old DX9 AMDs too...)

In Crysis 6990 wins...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4239/nvidias-geforce-gtx-590-duking-it-out-for-the-single-card-king/5
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/03/24/asus_geforce_gtx_590_video_card_review/7

So well, they are pretty similar but 6990 is a tick faster in relevant games and doesnt burn if you oc it :_D
 
 
-5 #10 bardenck 2011-03-30 14:34
Quoting 123s:
Its probably because they used PhysX and obviously a NV card will beat AMD then, without that crap 6990 got more FPS in Metro.

In Crysis 6990 wins...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4239/
:_D


i was refering to crysis 2, obviously crysis 1 is a different beast! the 590 actually runs cooler in reviews ive read, i dont understand why she wants to explode!

PS. you have to respect physx when comparing two similar performing cards at similar prices when it is something the competition doesn't offer. and its 2011 and have to base reviews on dx11 "things", same reason we dont benchmark quake 3 anymore....and we all know amd's 3D is a joke at best.
 

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