Softpedia reports that Nvidia's just-released dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 graphics card (opens in new tab) has sold out here in the States.
Sporting two GF110 GPUs, the GTX 590 is Nvidia's answer to AMD's monster dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990. Both are packed with DirectX 11 support and geared to gamers with big, big wallets. The AMD solution is priced at an impressive $700 whereas the Nvidia card is asking nearly $650.
Given the card's high price point, Nvidia reportedly launched the GTX 590 in modest, limited numbers, just a few thousand cards in Europe alone. Presently Best Buy, Newegg and TigerDirect show to be out of stock here in the States, but cards are still available to purchase overseas.
It's speculated that the European price may be set too high, prompting reports of Nvidia dropping prices to get the cards moving off shelves. Price tags are now hovering around 603 to 610 euro although that seems way too steep still... perhaps reports meant USD? There's also indication that Nvidia is even offering rebates to some European customers which may justify current reports of the 603 euro pricetag.
Nvidia's new 11-inch dual-GPU, dual-slot card packs some pretty impressive hardware, using a 12 layer, 2-oz copper printed circuit board (PCB) designed with a 10-phase power layout. There's also dual vapor chambers, 3 GB of GDDR5 memory (1.5 GB per GPU) running at 1707 MHz, and a PCIe dual x16 custom bridge chip. To round out the package, Nvidia slapped on the two GF110 GPUs with a total 1024 (2 x 512) CUDA cores, and four individual video outputs for a max resolution of 5760 x 1080.
"The GTX 590 is the best dual GPU product ever built," said Drew Henry, general manager of GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. "With leading performance, support for multi-monitor 3D gaming, Quad SLI, and an acoustic envelope that begs to be heard for how quiet it is, the GTX 590 epitomizes what a perfect dual graphics card looks, performs, and sounds like."
Given that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 590 was officially announced last Thursday, the sell-out is definitely quick. But based on our experience with high-end graphics cards, we reckon this has to do with limited supply and yield.