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1,024 total CUDA cores, 94 ROPs, and 3GB of GDDR5 RAM on board. Yup, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 is indeed a pair of GTX 580 chips spliced together, however power constraints have meant that each of those chips is running at a tamer pace that their single-card variant.

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Edited by DjiXas - 3/24/11 at 7:13am
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Read - Tom's

And I quote:
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Nevertheless, in a comparison between GeForce GTX 590 versus Radeon HD 6990, Nvidia wins.

And it wins because I can put a GeForce GTX 590 in my workstation, which doubles as my gaming machine, and not hear it. It’s quiet enough to use. And that’s a requisite.
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You can always expect Tom's to hate AMD products in general. But imo both cards suck, single GPU ftw biggrin.gif

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Performing overclocking the GTX 590 can only be described as a big pain in the ass. I've never seen a more crash-happy card than this when doing overclocking. Basically my "find maximum overclock" consisted of setting a clock speed, running a benchmark for 10 seconds and then waiting 45 seconds until the system finished rebooting after a system hang. If you plan to do overclocking, please make a system image backup, so you can recover quickly in case the constant system crashes break something.

I used to get that with my 5770 biggrin.gif
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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.

Weak power delivery system = Ka-boom! biggrin.gif
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I most strongly advise anyone to stay away from overclocking this product and use extremely conservative settings, maybe up to 650 MHz and no voltage adjustments.

I've never read him say that before biggrin.gif
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You left this part out...
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Earlier this month, AMD established the Radeon HD 6990 as the fastest card on the planet, unseating its own Radeon HD 5970, the previous title-holder. Today, Nvidia challenges that crown, but ultimately fails to win consistently enough to unseat AMD’s flagship board in a meaningful way.

I do agree partially with the quiet part, it looks like the 590's pretty damn quiet.
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And I was worried about my 580 SLi setup... phew!
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Originally Posted by Masked;12850864 
Read - Tom's

And I quote:
:rolleyes

And I quote Techpowerup's review
Negatives:
  • Expensive & High power draw
  • Performance is not higher than HD 6990
  • In both 2D and 3D, the card emits a lot of fan noise
  • Card blew up during testing, power limiting system does not work reliably
  • Full maximum performance depends on SLI profile support
  • Advanced overclocking could be complicated by NVIDIA's power limiting system
  • It's harder than on other cards to get a stable overclock
  • Limited relevance of DirectX 11

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post #7 of 458
For god's sake. All i see in the next 30 pages:

Amd is better.
No, Nvidia is better.
No, AMD is better.
No, nvidia!

Blah blah blah.

They trade blows. Dont turn this into an argument, Both cards are superb performers and everyone can agree with that. Im not gonna argue for either side but i know what card i would buy.

Please dont start voicing your biased opinions to make a 30 page argument.

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Glad I didn't wait for this card, may as well grab another GTX 580 and do SLI and call it a day.

The 6990 is still a better pick and performed faster in most games as what I'm seeing in some of the reviews.
    
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AMD has an absolute winner in their hands and the undisputed performance king for the second time in a row.

nVidia never released something to directly compete with the single card HD 5970.

And now, nVidia's dual GPU can't beat HD 6990.


I say: Well done AMD.
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Well, each card has its own pros and cons. Due to the 6990's performance increases over the 590 (at least in some games, at stock), the trade-off is power consumption and noise levels.

I guess the point is the 590 comes close enough without sacrificing power and noise.
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