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Nvidia's Dual-GPU GTX 590 Already Sold Out

Softpedia reports that Nvidia's just-released dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 graphics card 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.

  • Marco925
    I guess alot of people were waiting for that. wow.
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  • zkevwlu
    I was thinking about buying one of these, but when I went to the store to pick it up the sales rep told me 7 of these cards caught on fire when they were benched. Needless to say I got scared off. Can anyone confirm this?
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  • cburke82
    If you can really get it for $650 thats a good deal
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  • yyk71200
    First, GTX 590 does not have leading performance because it actually does not overtake 6990. 6990 also supports multi monitor setups with more monitors than 590, quadfire. I'll give it one thing though: it is relatively quiet. on the other hand, third party providers for 6990 can use other then reference coolers.
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  • krinkles619
    zkevwluI was thinking about buying one of these, but when I went to the store to pick it up the sales rep told me 7 of these cards caught on fire when they were benched. Needless to say I got scared off. Can anyone confirm this?
    he probably wanted one for himself and was trying to deter you. no, they don't catch on fire, not unless you manage to do something stupid with them, or run them without heatsinks (which would fall under the stupid category)

    tom's did a review on it http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-590-dual-gf110-radeon-hd-6990,2898.html

    in my opinion and tom's opinion is that two 570's would be more thermally efficient and deliver the same results
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  • newbie_mcnoob
    As long as they sell, they'll keep the prices high. Just like Intel with their $1000 CPUs.
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  • hunter315
    They arent catching on fire, but they do have abnormally high failure rates for a fresh release, their newest drivers decreased its OCP set point to keep the card safer and reduce the number that blow their VRMs like this one
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRo-1VFMcbc&feature=player_embedded

    I dont think that them selling out is noteworthy, i think its a sign of low supply and possibly a reduction in supply until they get the blowing up thingy figured out
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  • JeanLuc
    Kevin ParrishIt's speculated that the European price may be set too high..........
    For starters who's speculating? Where are you getting this information from? Sources? Links?

    Also for the record there are loads of 590's in Europe (just checkout OCUK, they have a lots of 590's still in stock) because IMO people outside of North America have to pay a higher price to off set the lower price consumers pay in the US (the typical price of 590 here is £600 where as the 6990 goes for about £515-£520). How else do explain away the fact the chips on the 590 are large and thus expensive to produce yet are retailing at a lower price then the 6990 which is cheaper to make (the die's are smaller).

    Kevin Parrishperhaps reports meant USD?
    Again which reports are you referring to?

    Kevin ParrishThere's also indication that Nvidia is even offering rebates to some European customers....
    Do you have any evidence of this? Sources, links?

    Kevin ParrishNvidia'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

    Can you please explain why a 12 layer 2oz PCB 10-phase power layout is impressive?

    Kevin ParrishNvidia'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."
    Nice advert that holds no relevance at all the topic at hand.
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  • aevm
    zkevwluI was thinking about buying one of these, but when I went to the store to pick it up the sales rep told me 7 of these cards caught on fire when they were benched. Needless to say I got scared off. Can anyone confirm this?
    I don't think stores run benchmarks on video cards. Even if that one does, why would they do it with SEVEN cards or more? They lose money every time they open a card and have to sell it as "open box". They'd just use one or two. This doesn't make sense to me.
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  • bin1127
    but nvidia nerfed their supposedly flagship dual gpu card so they can drum about how quiet it is. burning down your apartment is what Nvidia is all about. They have the reputation of being super hot. Don't be ashame of it, give us a faster card!
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