Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3 GB Review: Firing Back With 1024 CUDA Cores

Benchmark Results: Lost Planet 2 (DX11)

The dual-GF110-equipped GeForce GTX 590 continues its campaign in Lost Planet 2, outgunning the Radeon HD 6990 even in its overclocked, warranty-voiding mode. And should we be surprised? This is another title classified under the The Way It’s Meant To Be Played program.

Are we saying this necessarily predisposes it to foul play? No. At the same time, it’s probable that Capcom’s team spent more time with Nvidia hardware than the competition, so it's at least better-optimized for GeForce cards right out the gate. I have to imagine that Nvidia would argue this is a positive side-effect of its development engagement. Folks with Radeon cards likely feel different.

While AMD used to fare much worse in this one, the company’s Radeon cards perform much better now after a number of Catalyst driver updates.

All of that aside, it’s interesting to note that Nvidia suffers the same loss at 2560x1600 with anti-aliasing turned on. The difference here is that we’re looking at frame rates in the 60s—plenty playable. Losing at a viable setting stings more, since we’d expect the GTX 590 to fall in the 70 FPS range, given scaling at other resolutions.

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  • MMMM... HD 6990.... OR GTX 590... HMMM I'll go with a HD 5770 CF setup because im cheap.
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  • Nvidia like ATI should have gone full copper for their coolers instead of using aluminum for the fins. :/
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  • Nvidia like ATI should have gone full copper for their coolers instead of using aluminum for the fins. :/
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  • The clock speeds are a bit of a disappointment as well the high power draw and the performance is not that better than a 6990. Bleh !
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  • Very comprehensive article! Nice job!
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  • I'm impressed, good to see Nvida has started to care about the "livable experience" of their high end products.
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  • Great card. But low clocks.
    GREAT for overclocking!
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  • Wow @ low noise
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  • Draw! Win some loose some. What is the fastest card? Some will say GTX590 others HD6990 and they are both right.
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  • MMMM... HD 6990.... OR GTX 590... HMMM I'll go with a HD 5770 CF setup because im cheap.
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  • You can't say Nvidia wins based on the sound level of the cards. That's just flat out favoritism.

    I'll be buying a 6990 and water cooling it. Nothing will beat it.
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  • rolli59Draw! Win some loose some. What is the fastest card? Some will say GTX590 others HD6990 and they are both right.

    Thats more or less how I feel. They both trade blows depending on the game.
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  • I think both cards are faster in their own niches, for example in acoustics 590 wins, but in power which is the main issue to tackle as days go by, your bill will certainly go high, but you don't pay anything for the noise, so in that case AMD STILL has the fastest single graphic card on the planet.
    AMD is still the winner, whichever you look at it though
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  • SabiancymYou can't say Nvidia wins based on the sound level of the cards. That's just flat out favoritism. I'll be buying a 6990 and water cooling it. Nothing will beat it.

    I think 2 GTX 580 will beat it. And costs about the same too, if you look hard enough.

    shark195I think both cards are faster in their own niches, for example in acoustics 590 wins, but in power which is the main issue to tackle as days go by, your bill will certainly go high, but you don't pay anything for the noise, so in that case AMD STILL has the fastest single graphic card on the planet. AMD is still the winner, whichever you look at it though


    The 590 uses less than 10W more compared to 6990 in AUSUM. Compare that to 430W, and it's small change, really.
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  • Well, at the moment 590s are not available to buy, so it does not exist beyond benchmarks and reviews...It is not a competition till we see real world pricing. Let the battle begin! btw 5870 price is hard to beat right now.
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  • "Nevertheless, in a comparison between GeForce GTX 590 versus Radeon HD 6990, Nvidia wins."
    "Not hearing it is a requisite"

    Done a survey? How many says it's a requisite?

    Also at performance preset, the GTX590 leads, wondering why there's no benchmark for extreme preset?
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  • This is no nVidia victory, I'm sure of it, but it's such a small margin it sucks. That 1.5GB per GPU hurts the card where you'll be using it most: high res. It's like a tech KO by AMD, not a flat out punch-KO though.

    Cheers!
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  • The card blew up during testing at tech power up.Power limiting system does not work reliably :o :pfff:
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  • i wonder how long until AMD board partners use a fan instead of blower(blowers win on air flow, but they can be louder), i have seen several such coolers on other amd and nvidia cards.

    Either way, the lower noise is impressive.
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  • Does anyone else think that the 1680 benchmarks shouldn't be used in cards like this?

    Paying >$600 for a GPU almost certainly means you have multiple monitor setups and/or high res monitor(s). Otherwise why not buy a better monitor and a lower costing card to use its full potential?
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  • Thank you for posting the audio samples of both dual GPU cards. Getting to hear each one really made the difference telling. I'll be sticking with single gpu card arrangements, thank you very much. ^ ^ b
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  • Very good article, one of the better ones to come from Toms in a long time, thanks was a great read.

    In terms of Nvidia releasing a chart topper, I think they created a equal here, tables a rebalanced at the top, Its been a long time since that was the case!

    With regards to saying Nvidia wins down to noise output, that is just your opinion! I believe the 480 was a damn fast card noise irrelevant, now refined in the 580!

    Personally, at 1920x1080 I still see no need in replacing my 5850 just yet, I spent my money on a 50"3d TV instead, and still 5850 runs on that great which is by far a better size to play on then 3x1920x1080 imo.
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