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!



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  1. JonSimonzi
    I'm behind the loop. Is this the equivalent of GTX580 SLI?

    It is stated to be 1,5 times faster than GTX580, which means it can be as good as SLI GTX580, since SLI does not mean 100 % performance boost.
    Am I just thinking about it wrong? Last time I paid attention to multi-gpu cards, it was pretty much 2 cores from a current card jammed into one package
    9800GX2 = 2x 8800GTS (G92)
    4870X2 = 2x 4870's
    So I assume then that these new era of multi GPU cards use chips specifically designed for them? So you can't make the correlation that GTX590 = 2x GTX580/GTX570/GTX560/whatever?
    Its 2 580's with lower clocks.
    GTX 295 was a hybrid of 285 and 275 iirc...

    The 295 was like 2x 280s with the memory and interface from the 260, 275's didnt come until a year or more later.
    To put things into perspective to see how far along hardware has come in the last couple of years, the 295 was top dog for along time, it traded blows with the "other guys" in a few games, but whatever. Flashback to today, the 295 is almost as strong as a 570, and if the 590 is like 2x 570s, that makes the 295 1/3 as strong as the 590, thats pretty redickerous :)
    I hate being terrible with math :rain:
    So instead, I guesstimate!
    to you guys above debating the power, i find the number of shader cores in Nvidia cards makes a good enough guesstimate on there relative performance, just how my gts 450 ( 192 sp ) is roughly the same as a 260 gtx ( 192/216 sp )
    Well if you only have one full 16x bandwidth 16x slot, this might come in handy.
    We here at OC Forums shouldn't be complaining about under clocked cards. We all know what we have to do about about these kind of issues :D