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post #11 of 15
The 590 isn't a good choice to begin...

"As a first step, I increased the voltage from 0.938 V default to 1.000 V, maximum stable clock was 815 MHz - faster than GTX 580! Moving on, I tried 1.2 V to see how much could be gained here, at default clocks and with NVIDIA's power limiter enabled. I went to heat up the card and then *boom*, a sound like popcorn cracking, the system turned off and a burnt electronics smell started to fill up the room. Card dead! Even with NVIDIA power limiter enabled. Now the pretty looking, backlit GeForce logo was blinking helplessly and the fan did not spin, both indicate an error with the card's 12V supply.
After talking to several other reviewers, this does not seem to be an isolated case, and many of them have killed their cards with similar testing, which is far from being an extreme test."

It has crap VRM which made them fail over a few people in a weeks time, while lacking vRAM and, as a dual-GPU, having bad temp control (what the OP doesn't want). Stop giving the guy bad advice, please.

To the OP, if you really want nVidia, a pair of these would be your best bet.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127608
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Sli 560/570 would be the best bang for the buck

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Originally Posted by Johnny Doe View Post
The 590 isn't a good choice to begin...

To the OP, if you really want nVidia, a pair of these would be your best bet.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127608
Why not get these?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130662

save 80$ while the EVGA runs really smoothly.
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Why not get these?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130662

save 80$ while the EVGA runs really smoothly.
Those seem garbage quality PCB-wise. They're too little and performance of cooler is unknown. The MSI Twin-Frozr 2 is supposed to be pretty much the best OC'ing 560 with the best cooler. That one doesn't seem to compare; sorry.
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post #15 of 15
I was considering getting a second 5870 with my previous 5870 to do crossfire.

Instead, I sold my 5870 and got a GTX 590. Essentially, it is performs exactly double that of a 5870, not two 5870s in crossfire. (basically double fps of a single 5870 in all games)

I don't like to SLI personally, and I don't want two 580s since I will have to get a new PSU. I overclock my 590 to 700mhz, still below a stock 580, but my numbers are great.

I get a 10010 3dmark11 score. It is a single gpu solution. It doesn't go above 73C with a 700mhz OC on air.
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