Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 Review: Dual-GPU Wars

By Julio Franco ยท 55 replies
Mar 24, 2011
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  1. 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.

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  2. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Booster Posts: 322   +8

    Let the fanboy wars begin. lol
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Somehow, I was expecting team green to bring a real showstopper with the GTX590 (like they usually do), considering the extra time they took bringing it into the fray. Judging by how close many of the races were, and the give/take in performance crown for the varied testing games, it really is just a toss-up. As hard as both AMD and nVidia have been trying, there's just no hands-down winner in this current generation of GPUs. Guess I'm just not used to there being no clear-cut "victor" in these graphics battles.
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Didn't have 2x GTX 580's to SLI? :(
  5. indiangamer

    indiangamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 57   +9

    when the fight comes between hd 6990 and gtx 590 i will prefer to buy hd 6990 as it perform almost same and also gtx is only faster in games in which both cards are giving 40+ fps for ex in far cry 2 you can not find any difference between an average of 101 and 69 fps so gtx 590 is a waste here and hd 6990 is faster in dx11 games for ex gtx 590 drop below 30 frames at 2560x1600 metro 2033 which is not good because radeon didnt drop below 30 fps at same condition. again a great review from techspot but you should give a page of triple monitor setup camparisn since both of the dual gpu beast are overkill for any single monitor setup. and i am not buying them since i am waiting for 28nm hd 7000 (southern island) which will be better performer and more power efficient. TECHSPOT PLEASE GIVE REVIEW FOR CRYSIS 2.................................
  6. Squuiid

    Squuiid TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +17

    +1. What a poor review! GTX580 SLI is SUCH an obvious pick when reviewing the 590.
    Very disappointed
  7. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Good review, looked initially like the GTX 590 had a decisive edge but in the end the two look pretty even ... as dbz predicted some time back. Thanks for taking the time to review so many games ... fair to say that some sites may not take such an even handed approach.
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Going to assume you both totally missed this part of the review:
    The real valid comparison for this review is between the GTX590 and the HD6990. Putting together every ridiculously priced pairing of GPUs to throw into the mix would just muddy up the data.
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    power guzzling aside, I am estatic that this card is 11 inches. It means I could actually fit it in the Lian Li PC-Q08 without complaints from the case if I were crazy enough to do so. XD

    @indiangamer: The results are superficial as "your mileage may vary." Benchmarks results provided by tech sites are to offer you a general idea of how hardware will work, but other things need to be taken into consideration such as differences in hardware and software suites. Incidentally, I also usually discount the more extreme resolutions such as 2650x1600 in terms of sheer performance, simply not enough people have a screen resolution; they'd be more likely to have a pair or perhaps three smaller screens at 1680x1050 or 1920x1080/1200. Which is a point you do make (sorta); It'd be nice to see how these ultra-enthusiast cards handle games in AMD eyefinity/NVIDIA Surround.

    Making those discounts, there really is no winner in this case of pure performance to me. The 590 and 6990 simply are trading blows back and forth, prior to any major consumer driver updates. At the same price point it makes it harder to decide between the two from a practicality stand point (though neither card can be considered practical in the first place lol).

    A considerable advantage though comes from power usage and heat generation, compared to the next step or so down in crossfire/SLI. In terms of operating efficiency both dual GPU cards are better than a pair of 570/580/6950/6970, while taking less physical space (which in itself is a blessing in some cases)

    Worth the $700 price tag? That's ultimately up to the user but I don't need that kind of performance (never have), though bragging rights are always nice. :)
  10. zillion

    zillion TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I would think the power consumption and the lower heat would make it a better choice then the 6990, just my opinion.
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    While the GTX590 does stay marginally cooler, it consumes marginally more power than the HD6990. Guess it all depends on whether you weight continuous power draw or cooling to be the more critical item in your build.
  12. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    6990 does better in dx11 and has less power consumption so i think it wins by a very slight margin.
    everyone has different priorities though.
  13. SilverCider

    SilverCider TS Rookie Posts: 71

    6990 if you can cope with the noise, 590 if you can cope with the power consumption. Solved.
  14. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    I too, was wondering where the 580 SLI cards fit in there.
  15. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    I just want to know if there's a watercooled edition yet
  16. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I've heard the contrary. I've heard the 6990, or radeons for that matter, do worse in comparison to Nvidia cards at DX11. Mainly DirectCompute and tessellation. I don't know if this has been fixed in any of the recent catalyst updates though, so don't take my word for it.
  17. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

  18. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

  19. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    Hang on. The link 404s in your post but works in my post. Exact same link. What?
  20. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

  21. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    Cool... Thank you TS for the review
    $700, yikes, I do not think it will be selling very well, especially considering the SLI/CrossFire alternatives available.
    Personally I have a GTS 450, low power consumption, great for mid settings at mid resolutions. But wow, some of the frame rates for this card are amazing.
  22. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

  23. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Couldn't be @rsed
  24. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    Seems like a lot less work than waiting around for someone else to give you the answer and then get an answer that isn't right, and then get a correction for the answer that still doesn't answer your question.
  25. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Way to expensive for me i have a R HD 5770 and it stills do the job well, however DAO2 lagged on some scenes but it still was highly playable, so for me is a not while is that expensive :p.

    AND the Raedon 6950 has more performance than the 6990 and for the greedy bastards like me heres a tip:

    and how the 6950 beats GTX 580 (since you can buy 2 6950's and crossfire them and spend less than a GTX 580, maybe the GTX 590 too?)


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