Originally Posted by Masked
A beta card is an alpha release, purely for testing and/or trying out...Also called Engineering sample.
The cards that were tested are NOT final revisions, they are NOT release cards and are operating on BETA drivers.
What would you be on? No offense intended but those that were tested were in most cases all final retail versions, such as the ASUS one tested at TechPowerUp. Therefore what exactly does it have to do with anything? An "Alpha" or "Beta" card i would imagine are engineering samples, and as far as I know, AMD and NVIDIA don't send those to review places, they send review samples
which are basically just the final product in a box.
Why would a company send a product to be reviewed and then change it and sell a different one without the new one being reviewed? They wouldn't, because it is stupid and misleading. You're just being wrong here claiming the reviewed products were/are not final retail versions. Do you believe that NVIDIA will do some magic and fix the power consumption, heat/noise and the performance so it's superior to the 6990, as well as fix the weak power management system? No they won't. They don't need to do anything because they know their loyal fans will buy these regardless of the flaws and same can be said for the AMD and its cards (think HD 4870 X2).
As for drivers, yes they are in fact beta drivers and should mature in the future however the same can be said for the HD 6990 so it's again an invalid argument and in terms of performance they are about neck and neck and where they really matter is multi-screen performance (eyefininty, surround) and there the 6990 should edge the 590 because of the extra memory.
Thus making any final conclusion, retarded because you don't have any actual data...you have a basis and a general assumption; that's it.
The "data" is all in the reviews we all just read...
Branding anybody's opinion or the person themselves a retard is very immature. Considering you claim to be an "Alienware Senior Administrator" you don't seem to act like it, add to that the somewhat poor grammar in a number of posts, forgive me if i come off as being rude.Edited by Razi3l - 3/24/11 at 9:19am