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So I sold my 5970, great card and it served me well, but it's time for an upgrade. I initially wanted the 6990 but I hear it runs loud and hot, and I'm looking for something that will run cooler and quieter.

My problem is, I like EVGA, a lot. A lot a lot. But the only places I can get a 590 are Amazon and Newegg, Newegg doesn't have the card in stock and Amazon has an insane time for shipping it.

So i'm pretty much stuck with getting the Asus 590, and I want to know if anyone who owns this card has had a problem with it or not, is the EVGA any better? I realize their both reference cards but from what I've seen it looks like the Asus has a bigger problem overclocking than the EVGA. I don't plan on overclocking the GPU massively, but it would be nice to know a limit and if it's possible at all.

Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 17
this is overclock.net so I assume everyone is like me. an overclocker..

it's really hard to recommend the gtx 590 to be honest. you can't overclock it and with poor vrm's it will die if you overclock it even a little. some even die on stock.

I really won't recommend a gtx 590 to an enthusiast. this is just my opinion though. between the 6990 and a gtx 590 I would definitely get the 6990
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^ Is right.

Also, if you wan't to get rid of the heat and noise, give yourself another treat and get a watercooling loop
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post #4 of 17
You're looking for the 590 owners thread. Also I can say from experience that occasionally amazon will list insane shipping times for thing but they will be getting them in and out of stock at random so if you order from them it may continue to say months away and then just ship at random when you weren't expecting it.
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post #5 of 17
The 590 isnt a good overclocker the VRMs are not setup to take any type of overvolting at all. Honestly you would be better spending a little more and going for 580 SLI, or getting a 580 for now and another when they get cheaper.
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post #6 of 17
Regardless, that's one damn powerful card, I hope it doesn't die on you.
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Currently I'm not looking forward to OC'ing the card, I did have my 5970 @ 825/1200 clocks but I just want something that is smoother when it comes to gaming. The problem with the 5970 was slow loading times in BFBC2 and the AA in Sims 3 didn't work at all, even forced. Also I couldn't disable crossfire if I had an issue with a game and it was the cause of it.

Basically ATI drivers suck and I'm wanting a beast card without the headache. I plan on making an epic build in the future and watercooling it as well, so the card isn't going to get anywhere near 2 years of use. Just for now, I would like to know how well the Asus card is and if I should just be patient for the EVGA one, or snag the Asus with a new PSU.

Also, I want to thank everyone for replying so far and assisting me in this
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post #8 of 17
They should be identical except for the support you receive from the manufacturer and I believe one of them has a full backplate and the other only has two partial backplates, but basically the only differences would be aesthetics and which company you trust more RMA/warranty wise.
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post #9 of 17
Well if you want smoothness a single GPU would be a good choice due to microstutter. It does still exist and a single GPU is always a smoother experience.

590 is a monster but it is what it is and alot of money. Its always SLI to make the power it does and it has no headroom. So if you shell out the cash just make sure you are ok with that!

I had 2x295s and went back to single cards after having SLI then moving to quad sli will never go back to dual gpu cards even if its just one of them.
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post #10 of 17
There isn't really a single GPU that's any amount of an upgrade over a 5970, which he is coming from.
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