Originally Posted by exlink
Potential GTX 590 owner here, just waiting for them to restock on Newegg. I was going to pull the trigger yesterday when they were restocked but decided to hold off until I did a bit more research.
I sit on an Antec P180 Mini so I would like a card that runs cool and quiet that is also dual-GPU since its mATX. So I thought that the GTX 590 would be a good option for me since the only game I really play now is Bad Company 2 which nVidia excels in (and sometimes WoW). I also think it would do well in Battlefield 3.
Anyway, few questions to GTX 590 owners:
1) Have you experienced any performance increases through driver updates yet?
2) I've read that GTX 590 performance should increase quite a bit more since one of the problems right now in its performance seems to be scaling issues that will be resolved via driver updates; is this true?
3) I run a 3 monitor solution that has a resolution of 4320x900 or 4530x900 with bezel compensation. This resolution is essentially the same as 2560x1600 since it just pushes 10k or so less pixels which is nothing. Would the GTX 590 suffice at this surround resolution well for BC2 and WoW (and hopefully BF3)?
Basically, I am trying to decide between this and the HD 6990. However the HD 6990 runs so hot and loud and is unappealing to me because of that. Also, if the GTX 590 performance will increase quite a bit due to SLI scaling issues being resolved then that would hopefully put it above HD 6990 performance as well.
Would purchasing a GTX 590 seem logical in my situation?
Thats a toughie
Give us some easy questions... just kidding.
As far as cooling goes, it is cooler than a 6990, but both cards are hotter than your typical high-end GPUs. Primarily to the way they are designed to exhaust heat. These cards exhaust heat out the back of the case AND to the middle of the case. So having good air flow to the GPUs and exhaust is vital.
Yes, we have seen performance increases going from 267.85 to 270.51 was modest 10% gain. I would expect more in the future. Some CUDA applications, reported by Masked, are showing very significant scaling issues/GPU usages (one being 90% while other GPU is taking a relaxing 30% of usage). In general, I hate saying always, dual-GPU cards benefit from maturing drivers. More than any other card to boot.
Now resolution wise, this is a fiercely contested item, and quite frankly, we are not used to be able to hitting the VRAM wall before hitting GPU limitations like this so readily. My advice is, give me a full list of titles that you play. We can only speculate on Battlefield 3, but as far as Bad Company 2 goes, I believe you will be playing very decent FPS, given the fact you may on occasion have to sacrifice some AA possibly a bit of texture quality (different for each game.) The biggest problematic titles are Crysis/Metro2033/Dragon Age2/Oblivion with mods, and similar titles. Just about every Dx9 game can be handled though without too much sweat. WoW has no issues, although, with the release of Dx11, some have stated its being problematic/crashing. I currently am looking at a pile of computer parts, and can't tell you one way or another.
You are actually in an area, where you may have a list of games that lean more toward nVidia, or you may have some ATi/AMD biased games, in which case you should go that route.
These cards, for the most part, perform identical, and thus you have to look more into your personal experience you will have, and which will benefit you personally the most.