Nvidia releases its latest GPU, meet the GTX 590!

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Today Nvidia has released its much anticipated flagship card, the GTX 590. This video card consists of 2 GPU’s on one PCB and can drive a 3 monitor setup in 3D surround by itself. Nvidia touts this as the most powerful DX11 graphics card ever built.

Nvidia GTX 590.

Nvidia GTX 590 (Photo courtesy of Nvidia).

Below is a list of specifications:

  • 1024 Cuda cores (512 from each GPU).
  • 3GB DDR5 (1.536GB for each GPU) running at 853Mhz.
  • 607 Mhz Core clocks and 1215 Shader clocks.
  • TDP of 365W.
  • Vapor chamber cooler for each GPU for improved cooling capability.
  • 11″ length.
  • 3 Dual-Link DVI and 1 Mini-Displayport.

Triple Dual Link DVI + Mini-Display port.

Triple Dual Link DVI + Mini-Display port (Photo courtesy of Nvidia).

Vapor Chamber cooling for each GPU.

Vapor Chamber cooling for each GPU (Photo courtesy of Nvidia).

Nvidia has provided us with some informative links to show of its vast feature set and abilities. Notable in this set of links are Nvidia’s performance numbers for many games. All links are from www.Geforce.com:

  • Product Demo : The Director Of Technical Marketing for Nvidia, Tom Peterson, put together a video overview of the 590 showing you the the internals, including the new cooler design, and he also compares it to past dual GPU cards. Tom then measures temperatures and noise before trying the card out in Crysis 2, Homefront, and Crysis 2 in 3D Vision Surround mode.
  • How-to for Quad SLI : The launch of GeForce GTX 590 brings with it the ability to build a Quad SLI gaming PC – four GTX 500 GPUs combined to deliver some wicked FPS. The system requirements of Quad SLI may not be for the faint of heart, but if you have the budget and the skills to build a Quad SLI rig, then you’ll end up with the sweetest PC on the block.
  • In game performance : Nvidia has provided some information as to how this card performs across 21 games. Their resolutions range from 1680×1050 to 2560×1600. The settings used are what they call Optimal Playable Settings (OPS) which provides maximum graphics quality while maintaining at least 30FPS.

Of course there are several websites with reviews so one can judge the performance for themselves:

The MSRP of this card is $699.00 (which translates to about $300 less than GTX 580’s in SLI). That pricing is very competitive with AMD’s flagship dual GPU video card, the 6990. Popular online e-tailers have them available now. Tigerdirect is selling them for $729.99 for the Asus model and $739.99 for the EVGA model. Hopefully the competition between the HD 6990 and the new GTX 590 will drive down prices quickly so the consumers win!

~Earthdog

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  1. deathman20
    Saw this, quiet funny

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFqxn804Vmk


    I am on team NVIDIA but this is great. :rofl:

    Sandybridge had its issues and all is forgiven, NVIDIA will get past this no prob.
    Bijiont
    Funny because I am still rocking a rev1 295 with no issues, but that is a different matter.

    I was actually about to pull the trigger and get the H2o SLI EVGA setup they are selling but after the first initial reviews I have concerns. The 590 was going to be my last upgrade for a while but the recent videos well don't help much.

    Does anyone know if at this point just doing 580's SLI are the safer bet or is the jury still out on the 590 due to the driver / voltage related issues?

    Seems like a shame as the 590 was hyped so much and this is not a good start for it.


    I know! It was hit and miss with the first 295s I think. I definately know that I wasnt the only one heheh.

    I would think the 580s would be the safer bet, I already have a 570, Im considering just getting another one.. *sigh* I dont know tho. I do know that I dont want an ati card. (even tho I used to be an ati guy :D )
    Bijiont
    Funny because I am still rocking a rev1 295 with no issues, but that is a different matter.

    I was actually about to pull the trigger and get the H2o SLI EVGA setup they are selling but after the first initial reviews I have concerns. The 590 was going to be my last upgrade for a while but the recent videos well don't help much.

    Does anyone know if at this point just doing 580's SLI are the safer bet or is the jury still out on the 590 due to the driver / voltage related issues?

    Seems like a shame as the 590 was hyped so much and this is not a good start for it.


    2x 580's would be faster since its not being limited to the slower clock speeds as well overall power consumption it has more power input so it can give the card more without worrying about the overheating issues of 2 cores on 1 card (unless water cooled maybe). In this case if I was looking between these choices I'd probably have to settle on the 580's to be safe for longer term, besides they are faster as long as you have the slots in the case.

    kommanderkodiak
    what i believe is killing the 590 is the 2 8pin connectors routing too much power through MOSFET-vram-VRM chips which are not heatsinked they should have done 3 8pin or 2 8pin and 1 6pin and added heatsinks to the aforementioned chips that ought to stop them popcorning


    No they should have the proper VRM chips per the power coming in. Extra connectors are not necessary, though the current setup is limited. 375W Max on input if they are still only pulling 75W from the PCI-E slot (150W is max for PCI-E 2.0), if following the rating system that is.
    Bijiont
    Funny because I am still rocking a rev1 295 with no issues, but that is a different matter.

    I was actually about to pull the trigger and get the H2o SLI EVGA setup they are selling but after the first initial reviews I have concerns. The 590 was going to be my last upgrade for a while but the recent videos well don't help much.

    Does anyone know if at this point just doing 580's SLI are the safer bet or is the jury still out on the 590 due to the driver / voltage related issues?

    Seems like a shame as the 590 was hyped so much and this is not a good start for it.


    THe 580s are safe, the current drivers, ive had issues with (crashing on a youtube video, idling at 50C even with a custom fan profile set at 85% but they just released betas so well see brand new ones in a little bit!

    what i believe is killing the 590 is the 2 8pin connectors routing too much power through MOSFET-vram-VRM chips which are not heatsinked they should have done 3 8pin or 2 8pin and 1 6pin and added heatsinks to the aforementioned chips that ought to stop them popcorning
    freeagent
    These seem like the first gen 295s, they died alot, my rev1 295 died too. My rev.2 295 was a tank. Im sure thats what we are seeing now.. I dont know, are 570's still dieing? I bought mine without reading about them, only to find that they burnt like the 590s do. My 570 is rock steady so far. I just find it hard to believe that they put all this effort into makeing this card, and we are paying to be the beta testers? Its a real shame because I wanted this card. I still might get one, who knows.

    Bah.


    Funny because I am still rocking a rev1 295 with no issues, but that is a different matter.

    I was actually about to pull the trigger and get the H2o SLI EVGA setup they are selling but after the first initial reviews I have concerns. The 590 was going to be my last upgrade for a while but the recent videos well don't help much.

    Does anyone know if at this point just doing 580's SLI are the safer bet or is the jury still out on the 590 due to the driver / voltage related issues?

    Seems like a shame as the 590 was hyped so much and this is not a good start for it.
    These seem like the first gen 295s, they died alot, my rev1 295 died too. My rev.2 295 was a tank. Im sure thats what we are seeing now.. I dont know, are 570's still dieing? I bought mine without reading about them, only to find that they burnt like the 590s do. My 570 is rock steady so far. I just find it hard to believe that they put all this effort into makeing this card, and we are paying to be the beta testers? Its a real shame because I wanted this card. I still might get one, who knows.

    Bah.
    The CONTROL side of it is I guess. Its just weird, if this rumor is true, that it is taking drivers to adjust it. One would think to just flash the remaining cards bios to the new lower clocks.
    EarthDog
    Its just my ignorance on the subject shining through I suppose. I thought it was all in the bios that sets the clocks and even power saving modes (2d clocks, and idle clocks).


    Bios is the, guess you can say default standard, but... just even with my card. 3D Clocks are software controlled, voltage is software controlled, even fan speed is software controlled. Everything else now is controlled by the actual bios.
    Its just my ignorance on the subject shining through I suppose. I thought it was all in the bios that sets the clocks and even power saving modes (2d clocks, and idle clocks).
    EarthDog
    Drivers dont control the clocks though... do they?


    Why not? Its not like other programs can take control of clocks why can't the own companies software actually control its own cards clocks? They put locks for max OC in.

    I mean why not?
    EarthDog
    Drivers dont control the clocks though... do they?


    i assume they do... or at least can. Due to the old coolbits registry mod, and later the official nTune, which is obviously no longer available for the newer drivers. as a reminder, they both unlocked user interface for changing the GPU and RAM clocks in the official drivers/control panel.
    EarthDog
    Voltage tweaks? Some died at stock I believe! *waves hand in face* "this is not the card we were looking for"... :(

    There is even a rumor that the new drivers lowered the core clocks to 550? (though Im not sure how it would do that)


    Actually 555Mhz from what someone said but I still have yet to see a GPU-z of this. Wouldn't see why they couldn't, just like at least AMD you can lock out OCing the clocks sure there is ways to software set the clocks upon loading the OS.
    Voltage tweaks? Some died at stock I believe! *waves hand in face* "this is not the card we were looking for"... :(

    There is even a rumor that the new drivers lowered the core clocks to 550? (though Im not sure how it would do that)
    Looks like things were just peachy until the voltage tweaks pushed the power circuitry over the cliff :(

    Looks like nVidia needs to get the design fixed to be more robust and not rush to market just yet trying to one-up AMD.
    It's not just viral hype or opposing fan-boys Audio. Tweaktown & Techpowerup! both blew theirs up. There are others AFAIK but I haven't the time to dig through all of the links. They just don't overclock; either the power section isn't up to the task of some added voltage or they didn't design the stock cooler well enough to cool the card. Either way, this doesn't seem to be some viral rumor started by AMD fanboys, it's a real problem.