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GTX 570 SLI beats single GTX 590

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September 8, 2011 7:10:25 PM

Hello,
What's the point in the GTX 590, which as I understand it is 2x GTX 580s in one card (this is a very simplified analogy), if it can't out perform 2x GTX 570s in SLI?

Two 570s cost about $100 less than one 590.
a c 169 U Graphics card
September 8, 2011 7:18:12 PM

Less heat/power consumption/noise are the advantages of 590
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September 8, 2011 8:54:49 PM

Also, you can sli the gtx590 (not recommended but still possible) which will be quad SLI.

Yes, less heat, power and noise.. but not by much if you ask me.

In other words, there is no point in getting a 2-gpu card except for flexing your epeen.
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September 8, 2011 9:07:16 PM

Dual gpu cards tend to be more trouble than they are worth but also lower clocked compared to single gpu cards. I have owned a few in my time and sure they are great for those who can keep them alive while enjoying the benefits of crossfire or sli without needing to deal with multiple cards but they have a short life span.
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September 8, 2011 9:07:29 PM

^well, actually, the main reason is if you only have 1 slot for a graphics card.
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September 8, 2011 9:08:09 PM

Two 900 Mhz 560 Ti's fall short of the 590 by just 2% and they can be had for more than $300 less 590 :) 

The 590 scales terribly .... the 881 fps it gets in Guru3D's test suite climbs to only 982 in quad SLI
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September 8, 2011 9:36:22 PM

The GTX 590 is clocked at 630 mhz and even though they have two 580 chips on them ,two GTX 580's will beat the 590 every time and that is because the single GTX 580 is clocked anywhere from 772 mhz to 850 mhz depending on the card you buy. If I had one slot available I would have a hard time deciding between a GTX 590 and a single GTX 580.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
September 8, 2011 9:41:10 PM

Uthgarr2011 said:
Hello,
What's the point in the GTX 590, which as I understand it is 2x GTX 580s in one card (this is a very simplified analogy), if it can't out perform 2x GTX 570s in SLI?

Two 570s cost about $100 less than one 590.

yes, this was pointed out many times on the cards initial release, nothing has changed, its still a big, hot, lump of a card that can be outperformed by cheaper options.
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September 14, 2011 7:16:05 AM

Multiple card configurations will always out perform a single card in value. The point is if you start your new build PC with multiple GPUs it is hard to upgrade your system because when you start using more than two ePCI slots your performance decreases and your only options is to sell the 2 used cards for as much as you can, which wont be much b/c you are buying older GPUs to begin with. If you buy the most powerful card you can afford and then a few years down the line when you need to upgrade you can buy the exact same card(which will be much cheaper then) and your system will be on top again.

1 powerful card = Cheaper upgrade to future proof system
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September 14, 2011 4:52:37 PM

^ Now your're talking. That's been my plan and it's worked out great until I got the 6850. Should have grabbed a 6950 and waited, but I went cheap and ended up having to get 2 cards.
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