Conclusion: Nvidia's dual-GPU card, the GeForce GTX 590, is undoubtedly powerful. But while it's quieter than AMD's own double-barreled Radeon HD 6990, that card delivers better overall performance for the same price.
Pros: Excellent performance. Quieter, shorter than AMD's competing card. Can control three monitors with DVI connectors.
Cons: Expensive. Performance surpassed by competition. An energy hog under load. Requires two eight-pin power adapters, hefty PSU.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Best total package for DX11 video games, Short profile fits into standard size computer cases, One card drives four displays or 3D Vision Surround, Fermi GPUs enable 3D Vision and PhysX functionality, Cooling fan operates at very quiet acoustic levels, Includes DisplayPort connectivity for future display tech, Supports quad-SLI for unmatched potential
Cons: Extremely expensive enthusiast product, Heated exhaust vents out to computer case, Does not include HDMI output for HDTVs
Summary: Most folks seem to enjoy these value scatter plots, so let me drop one on you.
We've taken the results from the highest resolution or most intensive setting of each game tested, averaged them, and combined them with the lowest prevailing price at Newegg for each of these configurations. Doing so gives us a nice distribution of price-performance mixes, with the best tending toward the upper left and the worst toward the bottom right.
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 graphics card reviewed and rated
24 March 2011
Excerpt: Put on the kettle, make yourself comfortable, because you're about to find out which is the fastest graphics card in the world, dear reader. NVIDIA and AMD know all too well that the path to performance domination of the consumer PC graphics market can only be trod if two high-end GPUs are placed onto one board and set to communicate with one another via established multi-GPU technology.
Excerpt: The GTX 590 is a Dual-GPU GF110 video card capable of playing all the latest video games, including some of the greatest 3D titles. This is done while maintaining reasonable temperatures at a very quiet operation.
Summary: Measured against any Single GPU Video card, the NVIDIA GeForce outperforms them all. There are other Dual GPU Video cards available but we cannot comment, since we have not had a chance to compare performance.
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Pros: Dual GPU on one Board, PhysX, DirectX 11, Great Gaming Power Consumption for a Dual GPU Video Card, 2D and 3D Surround Capable, Acceptable Noise Levels, $300.00 USD less than GTX 580 x 2, At 11" it's 1.5" shorter than the AMD HD 6990, Built to fit in 95% of enthusiast cases without moving drive bays or fans
Cons: At a price of $699.99 it is not a Mainstream Gamer Video Card
Excerpt: The "Top Secret" GTX 590 turns out to be both better and worse than the Radeon HD 6990 4GB depending on some vary particular use cases. In realm of $700 graphics cards, this is definitely something you want to pay attention to. But I am getting ahead of myself; let's first dive into the design on the GTX 590 and see what's under the hood.
Summary: If we removed Far Cry 2 from the results, we would actually have the GTX 590 to be 2% slower than the Radeon HD 6990. It's also interesting to note that a vast majority of the GTX 590's losses were in DX11 titles: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (-15%), Metro 2033 (-20%), Battlefield Bad Company 2 (-9%), and Aliens vs. Predator (-10%).