NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Dual-GPU: Won’t Scare Off the Whopper

We’ve written about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 GPU on a couple of previous occasions. Back in February we wrote about how the upcoming GPU would be in a fight against the AMD Radeon HD 6990, which we described as a “whopper.” Once the Radeon HD 6990 became official we said we couldn’t wait to see what NVIDIA came up with. Well, now we know as the first reviews are in on the GeForce GTX 590 after its release.

A great review by Matthew Murray over on PCMag gives the GTX 590 a rating of 4/5. The GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU has 1,024 total CUDA processing cores, 96 ROPs along with 3,072MB of GDDR5 RAM and will set you back $699. The graphics clock runs at 607 MHz and the processor clock at 1,215 MHz. Although most reviews seem to call it a very tight run race between the NVIDIA and AMD Radeon HD 6990, the HD 6990 just takes it. Murray notes that despite the HD 6990 being rather noisy, which we previously noted, it just out-performs its NVIDIA rival.

Pros given for the GTX 590 are that it will fit in more cases, is quieter and gives a great performance, whereas the cons include its price, the fact that on speed it loses out a little to AMDs dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 and requires 2 eight-pin power adaptors. On balance the Radeon HD 6990 just shades it because of its slightly better performance. As we said in our title then the GeForce GTX 590 won’t scare off the whopper although it’s still an impressive attempt.

If you want to take a look at more reviews check out an article over on Engadget with a list of comprehensive reviews and also a video comparison between the GeForce GTX 590 and the Radeon HD 6990. Are you still tempted to the GeForce GTX 590? After all there’s not a lot in it and it’s certainly quieter? NVIDIA or AMD? Let us know with your comments