IVY has been pushed back until second half of 2013
Originally Posted by Sxcerino
I'm enjoying the fact that it's coming out before Ivy, although I hope the refresh of 7970/680 doesn't come out too soon
. Your going to have enough time now.
Originally Posted by axipher
Well I think Nvidia will be taking the title of "World's fastest single-GPU" until the 8970. All AMD can hope for now is "World's fastest dual-GPU" which is guaranteed with the 7990 until the 690 which may or may not compete.
I agree with AMD being the fastest dual GPU last year and Nvidia fastest single GPU of last year.
Originally Posted by Mootsfox
Didn't the 590 have issues with it melting under load?
The GTX 590 initially came out with poor VRM's. This caused higher volted cards that were exceeding GPU specs to fail. There were several quiet revisions of this card after some time where they swapped VRM's. Nvidia never publicly admitted to it but it was evident with the newer revisions of the reference card when it happened something had changed.
Previous water blocks that fit, would no longer fit because of the swapped VRAM to fix the issue. This was proved because there is 2 different versions of water blocks out Pre-revision and Post-revision. They also improved their drivers for it along the way as well.
In the end you don't hear of that going on any longer and not for quite some time. Eventually the GTX 590 competed rather on par with the AMD 6990 but at that point was too late IMO. Win goes to AMD for getting it right out of the gate.
As for the news of the 7990 - that's great. Kudos to AMD who released a complete line since January. Even though they were a month late from December's supposed time line they were still first out of the gate and has had two and a half months of unrivaled sales. If the race horse gets out of the gate first and has crossed the finish line before the second horse gets out, even if the second horse is faster, the first horse still won.
Whether anyone thinks it's possible that the GTX 690 will be a bit faster, quieter, less power consumption running cooler, and less expensive to produce, is a moot point at this time without proof.