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.

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.
  • nforce4max
    Nvidia like ATI should have gone full copper for their coolers instead of using aluminum for the fins. :/
  • The_King
    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 !
  • stryk55
    Very comprehensive article! Nice job!
  • LegendaryFrog
    I'm impressed, good to see Nvida has started to care about the "livable experience" of their high end products.
  • plznote
    Great card. But low clocks.
    GREAT for overclocking!
  • darkchazz
    Wow @ low noise
  • rolli59
    Draw! Win some loose some. What is the fastest card? Some will say GTX590 others HD6990 and they are both right.
  • Scoregie
    MMMM... HD 6990.... OR GTX 590... HMMM I'll go with a HD 5770 CF setup because im cheap.
  • Sabiancym
    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.
  • Darkerson
    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.