ASUS GeForce GTX 590
Features and Specifications
The GTX 590 continues to bring the successful GeForce 500 lineup forward, and this time up into the stratospheric performance market. With a price tag of $700, the GTX 590 costs the same as, or slightly less than, a Radeon 6990. We’ve got a clash of the titans setup here, with both AMD and Nvidia vying for the dual-GPU heavyweight crown.
While Nvidia has offered dual-GPU cards before, its success has been spotty. High heat, noise levels, and power consumption, along with questionable driver support and game implementation, were major detractions to what was otherwise an innovative idea. But that’s ancient history as they say, with the GTX 590 sporting a completely overhauled design on a single PCB. A custom heatsink, strong driver support, and moderate power consumption are implemented here, and Nvidia seems to have made great strides with this new card. Though the lineage of the GTX 590 can be traced back through the GTX 295, 9800 GX2, and 7950 GX2, this new card doesn’t really have a direct predecessor, and Nvidia has engineered this new card from the ground up.
There are some new innovations here that show the great strides Nvidia has made over previous generation cards. The GTX 590 brings 3D Vision Surround to a single card now without the need for SLI.
This new card can also perform 64X antialiasing, and also has the ability to dedicate one GPU to gaming and the other to PhysX.
The need to control the horsepower of this behemoth is significant. We know that dual-GPU cards typically produce tremendous amounts of heat, so to counteract that, the GTX 590 comes with the same vapor chamber technology found the GTX 580, as there are dual chambers here, one for each chip.
As the slide above starts to show, the GTX 590 has two behemoth GF110 chips onboard, with over 1000 CUDA cores available. There’s 1.5GB of GDDR5 available to each core, for a total of 3GB. And a bridge chip is used by Nvidia, similar to what’s been employed in previous designs. Core clock speeds are lowered to 607 MHz, but memory speed remains high at 1215 MHz. With an overall length of 11" and drawing 365W on a dual 8-pin configuration, the GTX 590 is shorter than the Radeon 6990 and consumes less power. Below is an image that shows the particulars:
Let’s take a closer look at the ASUS package.