Rumor: Nvidia delays dual-GPU GTX 590 to beat Antilles

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With AMD's flagship single-GPU Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 cards due arrive sometime this quarter, one has to expect that Nvidia is preparing a new premium offering -- and one would be right, says Fudzilla. The GeForce-maker is readying a graphics card (possibly branded the GTX 590) with two GF110 GPUs strapped onboard, and it could appear "very soon."

According to unnamed sources, Nvidia partners are practically ready to roll, and the company could launch its dual-GPU product before the end of 2010. Unfortunately, that's unlikely to happen. Word has it that Nvidia is waiting for AMD to ship its dual-chip solution, the Radeon HD 6990 (codenamed Antilles), which is on track for the first quarter of next year.

Nvidia currently holds the crown for single-GPU performance with its GeForce GTX 580, and it seems the company wants to ensure a dominate position in the dual-GPU market as well. By delaying the GTX 590 until after the Radeon HD 6990 arrives, it's suggested that Nvidia will have an opportunity tweak its contender before shoving it into the ring.

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