Originally Posted by Levesque
So why buy a 700$ card that was not meant for enthusiasts? Give me an honest answer here. Why are you trying to defend it like that? Because you bought one?
Since you want an answer so bad:
I have a surround setup, 2-1920x1080 moitors and 1-1920x1200 monitor. My 1920x1200 is a p-mva panel and, eventhough it's old, is a great monitor. I do not want to get rid of it, especially if it means I get stuck with a 1080p panel. Both my side panels were purchased because they were cheap.
None of these panels have display port, just DVI. In fact they don't even have HDMI. So ATI is out because I am not buying a new monitor when I like what I have now just so I can get an ATI card. Which means I am limited to Nvidia, and limited to an SLI setup... or the GTX 590. I have to have DX11 because I bought this card planning for Battlefield 3, otherwise I would have kept my GTX 295 which worked just fine.
I also watercool. So I have to include costs of waterblocks into the prices. Dual GTX580s would have cost WAY too much with waterblocks. GTX560s would have been a little weak and they still don't even have waterblocks for them. So my choice is pretty much the GTX590 or dual 570s. Assuming I could snag some deals on the 570s, they'd be right in line with the price of the 590. They perform pretty similar, and I find it to be a LOT easier to just buy a hydro copper 590 and throw it in my computer, than to buy 2 570s, buy waterblocks, install the waterblocks, and then deal with the issue of adding the original cooler again if I need to RMA (assuming adding the block doesn't void the warranty, which it does with some cards). I have a job and don't care to waste time messing around with that, I'd rather the extra time go to actually using my computer.
So the obvious choice was the GTX590 as it met every one of my needs, be it stock or overclocked. I have an EVGA card so if it does blow, I'll RMA it quite easily (and I only have 1 card to worry about and I don't need to remove the cooler).
That is why I bought the card I did- it met my needs. That's why anyone should buy anything. Believe it or not, I bought the card after putting a lot of thought into what worked the best for my system. And so far I have 0 complaints and am extremely happy with my purchase