Originally Posted by AMD2600
That they are only making 1000 of these cards and to make it a profitable venture they have to charge a hefty price.
No. If they were making 100 or 10 I would totally agree that they HAVE TO charge this much. 1000 of these so-called "limited edition" cards isn't even close to being limited, considering this is an extreme high end GPU (GTX 590) which I reckon would struggle to sell 50,000 units worldwide. If it had at least had 6GB VRAM total it would at least somewhat justify the price for the rich enthusiasts who would buy it, but with 1.5GB per card, it's a joke. A 6990 will rape it in multi-monitor setups, and at a fraction of the price. That makes it an epic fail, and ASUS can stick this "award winning" card of theirs where the sun doesn't shine.
Originally Posted by Masked
This version of the card is about the same as 2x580 3g's...
Bench wise, it holds it's own.
Most people expected a lower price point because they thought it would be basically the 590, "done right".
Well, it is the 590 "done right" and costs the same as 2x580 3gb's so...Don't quite see what the issue is.
You can buy 1 card for the same price as you can buy 2 for...What's the issue?
You're wrong. Memory on dual-GPU/SLI'd graphics cards doesn't double up in total, it is locked to what is usable per GPU.
This card, bench wise, is equivalent to a slightly overclocked GTX 590/GTX 580 1.5GB in SLI.
The 1.5GB of VRAM is all the usable memory on this card, which puts it way down as far as performance on extreme setups goes.
Oh and nobody cares that it's "done right", you'd have to be a stupid fanboy to buy a card because it is a fixed revision over the same but broken model. If that's an advantage in your view, it makes almost every other GPU as good as this card is.