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[XBIT] GTX 580 SLI vs. GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6990

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The new generation of AMD and Nvidia graphics cards is already here, but how well will they withstand the competition from discrete multi-GPU solutions? Today we are going to use a GeForce GTX 580 SLI tandem to answer this question.

Table of Contents
GeForce GTX 580 SLI: Specifications

ASUS ENGTX580 DirectCU II
--Packaging and Accessories
--PCB Design and Specifications
--Cooling System

Testbed and Methods

Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters
-- Aliens vs. Predator
-- Battlefield: Bad Company 2
-- Call of Duty: Black Ops
-- Crysis 2
-- Metro 2033
-- S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
-- Just Cause 2
-- Lost Planet 2

Performance in RPG
-- Dragon Age II
-- Mass Effect 2

Performance in Simulators
-- F1 2010

Performance in Strategies
-- StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
-- Total War: Shogun 2

Performance in Synthetic and Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
-- Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
-- Futuremark 3DMark11
-- Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 Preview Benchmark
-- Unigine Heaven 2.5 Benchmark

Conclusion
-- ASUS ENGTX580 DirectCU II Summary
Source
Edited by 2010rig - 5/11/11 at 7:22pm
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Great review. A bit biased, but still, Nv is the focus of the article, so it's ok
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I would of gotten 2 gtx580s if it did not cost 1,300 with tax >.<. I think I can tri with that much money, Maybe in the future when I can shell out bit more money. untill then Ill go the cheaper route.

GTX580 is fast no doubt... GTX590....ehh. Is there an OC version of that?
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We already knew two way sli beats two way crossfire. Nice way to.copy other review sites.
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This just in, benchmarks I've seen 3 times before on other sites.
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So the GTX 590 became the fastest card after one driver update? It's close though, also DA2 still runs like crap on nV cards I see.
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Cool to see this, as I picked up my two 580s just a few weeks ago. I got them for 509 each, canadian, so I'm not sure where you came up with 1300. Maybe for the fancy coolers it costs more I suppose.

Mine stay relatively quiet anyways. I'll still try and get my computer under water soon
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It's fun how they readily admit that single card, dual GPU 590 is slower than SLI 580, yet compare that same SLI with single card, dual GPU 6990.
Of course the 6990 is slower. Compare it with the 590, not with the 2x580...
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Something looks WAY OFF on the Crysis 2 bench. Only 57 FPS for a 6990 at 1920x1080? That simply can't be right. I'm close to that with a single 6970.
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This goes against everything I've read in other reviews.

Unless the drivers have achieved a 25%+ increase in performance.

That goes against everything I've known about drivers.
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