Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

Summary: AMD got the jump on the latest dual-GPU graphics card skirmish with the Radeon HD 6990, but Nvidia's long-awaited GeForce GTX 590 is now finally confirmed -- and craftily timed right around the release date for Crysis 2.The GTX 590 combines a pair of Nvidia's GTX 580s, though clocked down mildly (as often happens in dual-GPU monstrosities like this) to 607MHz.

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AMD got the jump on the latest dual-GPU graphics card skirmish with the Radeon HD 6990, but Nvidia's long-awaited GeForce GTX 590 is now finally confirmed -- and craftily timed right around the release date for Crysis 2.

The GTX 590 combines a pair of Nvidia's GTX 580s, though clocked down mildly (as often happens in dual-GPU monstrosities like this) to 607MHz. So you get 1,024 stream processors and 3GB of GDDR5 memory for your $699 outlay. But will it outperform the Radeon 6990, which is priced the same?

Early benchmarks are showing mixed results. In the all-important "Can it play Crysis?" battle, it can't top the Radeon according to Anandtech, and trails two GTX 580s in SLI configuration. However, HotHardware finds that the GTX 590 whoops the AMD card on Lost Planet 2.

As expected, the new card is a huge power slurper, though it appears to be in the same ballpark as the 6990. But it's noticeably quieter than the AMD, if still louder than the single-GPU GTX 580. So if you need the absolute top frame rates, and have the system and money for it, you might go with the Radeon 6990. If slightly lesser performance is acceptable, but more noise is not, you might appreciate the GTX 590 more.

Already, desktop manufacturers have begun offering the GTX 590 on their systems. Maingear is adding it to its Shift and F131 high-performance PCs, while Origin PC is making the card an option for its Genesis gaming desktop. CyberPower is introducing it to its Fang EVO, Black Pearl, Gamer 3D and Xtreme FTW lineups, including a liquid-cooled version for the Fang EVO Black Mamba and a configuration as low as $1,499.

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  • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

    I would have to say for the moment it may look AMD has the better card but theirs has been out for a bit and some decent driver support. Give it a month or so for new drivers from nVidia and I bet this card comes out on top. Furthermore AMD is like having a Dodge Neon SRT-4 whereas the nVida is like having an Audi RS4... Both fast but one is made with better parts, more reliable oh and better traction. I look at AMD by their products... If their CPU's can't keep up with Intel what makes you think their GPU's can keep up with nVidia? Price I feel as well is irrelevant in this case since they are the same and yes their CPU's are cheaper than Intel's but you get the quality and speed from Intel for a few more dollars.

    AMD = Always Made Defective
    audidiablo
    • To each his own

      @audidiablo, personally I pretty much stay away from nVidia. I have had driver issues out the yazoo with their cards, less so with AMD. I have nVidia cards literally fry themselves because they run hotter than a Japanese nuclear plant. I have seen laptops with nVidia cards melt holes in the bottom for the same reason. I have also watched nVidia rename old cards to make people think they were buying new technology. You do realize that until here very recently that AMD was dominating the market in both graphics performance and price? In my book that is a very good combination.
      itpro_z
      • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

        @itpro_z <br><br>I can't agree with anything related to Dominating anything in ATI. ATI hasn't Dominated sense 9800XT days, and Suffered in sanely sense the x200. Yeah they have gotten better but for what. I have them both on both platforms Desktop and laptop the ATI gets hot running everything, so hot you can't touch it, nVidia yeah hot but still not burn you hot or even uncomfortable. If your nVidia Card/s got to hot in your desktop well then you got trashy air flow. Stop buying Cramped over populated Cases. Don't' mount hard drives where video input is for cooling, stuff like that. Your ATI cards are cooler because they are shorter. Driver Support, Um HELLO ATI DRIVERS have always and still are the set back on them. Secondly ATI doesn't have native support for Windows with OpenGL, Colors are low grade, bland and emotionless, way softer and less vibrant, while comparing to Identical Spec and very similar LED / LCD Dual Panels. There is no contest, then don't' even get on compatibility. When nVidia Runs on ATI apps, well it works Great, when ATI is on nVidia, you loose 40% eye candy, and 20% performance, and increasingly higher stability problems. For most people, when nVidia is on ATI optimized games you will not no until you look into it, or there is a Logo! proven Fact, and all Software benchmarks in real world test Par on ATI games, vs. nVidia optimized!<br><br>Gaming laptops, and Heat um if your gaming on a laptop your not a gamer, sorry like console gamers, the odds are against you on stereotypes, No real gamer uses a laptop for the reason of Cramped Keyboards, high glare, little to no customization options, and that HEAT reason as being number one. Who cares if a laptop gets hot, you shouldn't be gaming on it anyway.
        Ez_Customs
    • My last nvidia card was an 8800GTS

      @audidiablo

      Since then I've had a 4850 and now two 6870s. I love the AMD cards. They are insanely fast, drivers are great and AMD overdrive is way better than nvidia's overclocking utlities. Especially if you have an AMD chipset, CPU and GPU. Phenom II X6 1090T OC'ed to 4.4Ghz is pretty damn impressive, even if it doesn't beat out the latest Sandy Bridge. It beats what you can get from Intel for $200. And no, OC'ing a Black edition CPU doesn't void the warranty.
      LiquidLearner
      • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

        @LiquidLearner

        You have to OC your Video Cards? AH HA HAHA. Number one reason to Buy nVidia, you don't' have to OC them to get good performance! I haven't had to OC a Graphics card ever on nVidia even way back on the Riva tuner cards. yeah I OC'd them but only to see what they could do. My nVidia Chipset owns even teh following Generation of the AMD chipsets to. Whats funny is that AMD is talking about doing nVidia chipset's again on there boards. You know something is screwy if they are considering supporting there biggest competitor again, RIGHT?
        Ez_Customs
      • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

        @Ez_Customs

        Actually I don't think he has said anything about overclocking his Video Card.. Wouldn't it be better if you read and understand before laughing it off...

        And I had my share of ATI as well as Nvidia cards... Actually both of 'em worked well for me and the games I had, I am not a hardcore gamer though...

        And Liquidlearner does have a point.. and he is talking about the whole package.. along with the CPU..
        harikrismg
    • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

      @audidiablo

      Ugh, did you miss the entire Pentium 4 generation? Those chips were louder, hotter, weaker, and more expensive than AMD. The entire first netburst generation was so grossly inferior to Athlons by every conceivable metric that it killed the multibillion dollar Pentium brand.

      AMD is trailing in CPU performance since the Core 2 Duos, but as the Intel CPUs are releasing at price points 300% higher, AMD still gets my vote.

      Finally, how does AMD performance versus Intel have anything to do with their performance versus nVidia? They're completely unrelated. Oh, and hell, did you not notice that nVidia DOESN'T MAKE ANYTHING? They license 100% of their designs. They make nothing and OEM less than 1% of the "nVidia" graphics processors on the market.
      tkejlboom
      • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

        @tkejlboom

        Actually you are wrong they have cards out and all the first gen is nVidia Board Design, It isn't till the second generation that the board take on different moods and design. Then just like ATI GPU's the independent Manufactures do there own interpretation of the GPU design and feature list. TO bad ATI has lessor in functionality. Have you ATI fan Boy forgotten that nVidia has sense day one pushed teh technology to move forward ferom day one. Ever sence the first PC CPU's, now moving into ARM Cell Processors, which proven dominate in Consoles such as the PS3. No way an xBox can even compare in performance , being that the PS3 isn't maxed yet, and xBox performance is already behind by 10%. We blame ATI for the set backs on the buggy xBox as most teh problems revolve around the GPU in xBox! Simply Put you can't defend that comment. Just stop hating. ATI has a nice looking Card, but as always the drivers are still setting it back. They are better, but they are far from except able. Just about every nVidia user will tell you this. We would buy them if they worked as advertised, but rarely does that happen, and Quality of manufacturing is way beyond exceptable!!
        Ez_Customs
    • You are too way-ward into Nvidia.

      @audidiablo So, because you favor Nvidia, ATI doesn't have better parts? Let's put the driver topic onward. If you say that Nvidia makes more and better drivers, ATI wouldn't make better drivers? From the benchmarks, the newer drivers from ATI give a better output, maybe a few frames, but most of the time it's better than before. Sure, Intel CPUs are the top-best, but you can still comfortably play with the best AMD offers on the latest games, they are still working on getting to the top, even if they are slightly behind. You get more speed from Intel, but quality should be the same, don't think that AMD doesn't work on quality just because you favor Intel. Other than that, I am trying to neutralize the ground.
      megamanx
  • I love AMD!

    I am young so my first computer build was a AMD Opteron 165 dual core 1.8ghz (socket 939) and it was just beastly. I had OCed the crap out of it and wanted more lol. I only upgraded it just recently because I loved it so much. Any PCs for friends, clients, or family I build, it's AMD all the way. I have only ever bought one ATI card and I liked it, but have always been an nVidia fan. I am only running a GTS275 right now but it gets the job done.

    I plan on upgrading to a AMD card soon though. They are just so pretty and the performance is serious.
    Bates_
  • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

    I have an ATI 4870X2 and have had AIW cards before. I have had nVidia cards as well and I will say that the drivers for ATI have always been better than nVidia. I built my gaming machine 3 years ago with Intel Core i7 940 with 12 G DDR3 ram. At the time it was "almost the best" you could get. (The i7 985 was out but way too much money). My work machine is an AMD Athlon 64 4600 with an ATI X1800XL AIW that has been running for about 7 years. For my next machine that I build I would defintely use AMD.
    bvonr@...
  • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

    I stay away from any card that is that expensive. It's just too much money for me to afford and besides offers little I could actually use or want or especially need. Maybe if I were a gamer with extremely fast drives and Front End Bus, USB3/4 and so on and on, but I'm not. I have to wonder what size PSU would be needed to feed that monster<g>.
    tom@...
    • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

      @tom@... <br><br>Very true indeed! I am a business man. I keep up to date with this technology only because it facinates me...that, and I have to support it when it fails :P

      That, and I'm bored of the regurgitated games that keep coming out...suppose it's like the pop music industry...seems like everything is a remake of an old classic...like lipstick on a pig
      dlancelot
  • WOW

    Gaming is really worth that much money to some people, heh, what can yah do about :|
    MrElectrifyer
    • Agreed.

      @MrElectrifyer Yes, some of these gamers want the best for the more output. Yet, they can't get more than 30 FPS, hardly noticeable stuff beyond that. The higher the resolution, the less the jaggies are noticeable, even 1280X720 was okay to cover it. I play low-end games that require no more than the AMD Radeon HD5450 or the Nvidia GeForce 9500GT.
      megamanx
  • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

    I think lately it's really just a toss up between nVidia and AMD. Their GPUs alternate for first place depending on game titles and driver support provided for those titles. I am interested to see what the 590 has to offer when the drivers mature a bit more though.
    airforcejim7
    • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

      @airforcejim7

      I have to Agree here most of it is the Titles they are on but the nVidia will par teh ATI. you can't argue your point though. But btw, driver support has been maturing sense the 560 came out. The Driver pack will be the same. The First 590 Build was already released, and a second will be released probably a few weeks after launch
      Ez_Customs
  • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

    I honestly think that the ATI card is better designed, but the fall backs are the drivers. Even after 2 years the 4870 is still buggy and gets hot hot hot, COD and Killing Floor Really these lame games heat it up to hot to touch. Thankfully the kids use it ounce in a blue moon. But over the last 13 years and the Frequent serious gamers I build for upgrades, I can't say or agree that on the big picture, ATI is not competition to nVidia, it's more like ATI is competition to Intel. Even 2 generations back nVidia Cards still hold there weight, and hold there resell value. Example, the Higher end BFG GTX275 sold for $300+ and even after the company went out of business mostly to the Life time warranty and people taking full advantage of it, you can still buy BFG GTX275 for 200 Easily. that says something. They retail new now for about $250 for a good one, and an BFG who know longer is in business still sells for $200 used? Come on really? You wont' see any ATI card after 5 years hold on to 100 off new price on teh resell, no way. Most people are replacing there ATI because it died, or is dieing! ATI has some driver work to optimize better before ATI can threaten the nVidia Crowd, and with ARM due out next year and Native in Windows 8 in the next 2 years, well the tables gonna turn, ATI will be out the door again, like with the x200 and native embedded chipset's. You already find nVidia in Phones, Notebooks, tablet, Desktops, GPS, Game Consoles. just about everything that is technology and has a display for graphic applications, has nVidia in it. ATI well Strictly Computing, and not mobile computing either!! Oh Okay a few Net books, but those aren't really Mobile Computers, they are more like past items of Facebook at the bus stop
    Ez_Customs
  • Never had decent AMD/ATI Drivers

    First ATI card I got was an 8mb Rage Pro. Couldn't compete with the TNTs in anything. Drivers and artifacting in OpenGL in Quake II.

    A few years later I got a 9800 Pro. Same story.

    About 4 years ago , I switch to Linux, and I can tell you ATI's drivers have lagged FAR behind Nvidias. I doubt I'll ever buy an ATI card again at this rate.
    sheldonross
  • RE: Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?

    ATI > NVIDIA
    Jimster480