Wednesday, March 9th 2011

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Launch Date is March 22

The dust seems to have settled down, after AMD's launch of the Radeon HD 6990, extending the red-team's performance lead previously held precariously by the Radeon HD 5970, to the GeForce GTX 580. It looks like NVIDIA will challenge the performance leadership with GeForce GTX 590, a dual-GPU graphics card that uses two GF110 GPUs (the ones on GTX 570 and GTX 580), for an SLI-on-a-stick solution. Rumors of NVIDIA working on this card became concrete as early as in November 2010, when NVIDIA's reference board became public for the first time.

Latest reports suggest that NVIDIA has chosen March 22 as the launch day of GeForce GTX 590. Incidentally, that is also the launch date of EA/Crytek's much-hyped, initially DirectX 9 action/shooter game, Crysis 2. GeForce GTX 590 uses two GF110, though the shader configuration and clock speeds are not known. Since NVIDIA is chasing the top-spot, you can expect the most optimal configuration for the GF110s. A total of 3 GB (1536 MB per GPU system) on board, and NVIDIA's workhorse PCI-E bridge, nForce 200 will be the traffic cop and radio station between the two GPUs. The card will be able to do 3DVision Surround (NVIDIA's multi-display single head technology comparable to ATI Eyefinity) on its own, without needing a second card.

Source: Expreview
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103 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Launch Date is March 22

#1
EastCoasthandle
by: Benetanegia
But they were obviosly waiting. If it had been slower or if HD6990 had consumed a lot less, they would have delayed* it and make the adjustments. The fact they are releasing it and so soon is enough proof that it is faster.

* It wouldn't even be a delay, because releadse date had not been announced yet.
That's irrelevant to the fact that a specs for the card was already establish well before the release of the 6990. Therefore, no connection can be made. One could hypotheses that availability of the card could have played a part of the release date. But not to make changes to it once the 6690 is released and make their own hard release 2 weeks later. To simplify it, AMD released 1st this time.
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#2
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
i like that you mentioned that crysis is intially going to be dx 9. hilarious that nvidia would time the release of what will be the most powerful gpu ever made for a game that "initially" requires 1/8 of its power...
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#3
Benetanegia
by: EastCoasthandle
That's irrelevant to the fact that a specs for the card was already establish well before the release of the 6990. Therefore, no connection can be made. One could hypotheses that availability of the card could have played a part of the release date. But not to make changes to it once the 6690 is released and make their own hard release 2 weeks later. To simplify it, AMD released 1st this time.
It doesn't matter if specs were established, they could have delayed the release 2 weeks and adjust the cards, which is what AMD did with HD69xx lauch. Many partners didn't have the final bios days before they had to send them to retailers.
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#4
yogurt_21
by: btarunr


edit nvm

my counting skills need work
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#5
EastCoasthandle
by: Benetanegia
It doesn't matter if specs were established, they could have delayed the release 2 weeks and adjust the cards, which is what AMD did with HD69xx lauch. Many partners didn't have the final bios days before they had to send them to retailers.
LOL, I don't find it necessary to argue with you about your conspiracy theory. Clock were finalized long ago if we are expecting a hard release in 2 weeks. Apparently, 6990 has performed better then some expected :eek:.
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#6
overclocking101
they are going to use the same pcb as their original design?? that pic had gf100 gpus, so the newer one shouldnt have as much vrms, they are not needed with gf110. IDK one would think they would release a new pcb image at least
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#7
xBruce88x
I feel a bundle comming... Crysis 2 with GTX 590.

oh and why it was initially DX9? Consoles.
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#8
Yellow&Nerdy?
Nvidia said nothing about shader count or clock speeds... Although it's almost certain that it will be two 570's. This should be pretty interesting, since the 570 and 6970 perform on par. Clocks of course play a big part in if this is able to claim the crown.
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#9
Benetanegia
by: EastCoasthandle
LOL, I don't find it necessary to argue with you about your conspiracy theory. Clock were finalized long ago if we are expecting a hard release in 2 weeks. Apparently, 6990 has performed better then some expected :eek:.
First of all who says it's going to be a hard launch.

Second, there's no conspiracy theory, both have been doing this kind of thing for a long time. It takes 2 weeks to pack and supply main retailers (hint), so the cards were there waiting to be sent. They were finalized, no one said the opposite, but Nvidia had 2 or 3 different bios with different specs (clocks) that had been qualified for release. They went with what they thought was the best, and the cards are ready to go, but if HD6990 had been much better than they thought, they would send the new bios, delay the release so that partners can do the changes and fixed.

Besides they have not had 2 weeks to make this, they knew what the final specs of HD6990 were at least 2-4 weeks ago, because that's when partners got the cards. That gives Nvidia up to 6 weeks to make the required changes.
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#11
v12dock
by: Yellow&Nerdy?
Nvidia said nothing about shader count or clock speeds... Although it's almost certain that it will be two 570's. This should be pretty interesting, since the 570 and 6970 perform on par. Clocks of course play a big part in if this is able to claim the crown.
That's what I was thinking, performance on par with the 6990
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#12
EastCoasthandle
by: v12dock
That's what I was thinking, performance on par with the 6990
That's my thoughts as well. But we will see once it was released. I'm basing that on the 570 SLI though. I wouldn't be surprised if reviewers already have the cards or will soon get them.

by: Benetanegia
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Thanks for substantiating your conspiracy theory. That's why I said I had no need to argue about it lol.
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#13
mtosev
Anyone betting which card will be faster? gtx 590 or hd 6990?
I put my money on the hd 6990. nVidia's last dual card was gtx295 in 2008. ATI released the following cards: 4850 X2, 4870 X2, 5970 while nvidia none after gtx295
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#14
TheMailMan78
Big Member
590 all the way I think. Useless but yeah the 590.
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#15
the54thvoid
For once I'm going to side with Benetanegia (maybe it's my GTX 580 talking). The 6990 comes out and now we get the very quick post 6990 snippet about the GTX 590 coming out on the 22nd.

The date hasn't been comfirmed yet by NV officially?? so it looks to me as if they were waiting to see how the 6990 panned out.

Two weeks before the 6990 release the rumour was that NV would release first and AMD were waiting to see how it was.

My thoughts? AMD got a bit twitchy and figured, 'fuck it' we release now and get to say the most powerful graphics card on the planet. Then they sweat it out and see what the 590 brings. I think the 590 could well be clocked down 580's.

We'll see. I still have no interest in owning one (unless it's quiet and is given to me)

by: mtosev
Anyone betting which card will be faster? gtx 590 or hd 6990?
I put my money on the hd 6990. nVidia's last dual card was gtx295 in 2008. ATI released the following cards: 4850 X2, 4870 X2, 5970 while nvidia none after gtx295
Thats because ATI didnt get the single gpu crown. NV got the fastest gpu's - didnt really need the e-peen. Now they do.
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#16
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: the54thvoid
For once I'm going to side with Benetanegia (maybe it's my GTX 580 talking). The 6990 comes out and now we get the very quick post 6990 snippet about the GTX 590 coming out on the 22nd.

The date hasn't been comfirmed yet by NV officially?? so it looks to me as if they were waiting to see how the 6990 panned out.

Two weeks before the 6990 release the rumour was that NV would release first and AMD were waiting to see how it was.

My thoughts? AMD got a bit twitchy and figured, 'fuck it' we release now and get to say the most powerful graphics card on the planet. Then they sweat it out and see what the 590 brings. I think the 590 could well be clocked down 580's.

We'll see. I still have no interest in owning one (unless it's quiet and is given to me)



Thats because ATI didnt get the single gpu crown. NV got the fastest gpu's - didnt really need the e-peen. Now they do.
I dont think they will be able to do two 580s. Im thinking more of two 570s or 560s.
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#17
EastCoasthandle
by: mtosev
Anyone betting which card will be faster? gtx 590 or hd 6990?
I put my money on the hd 6990. nVidia's last dual card was gtx295 in 2008. ATI released the following cards: 4850 X2, 4870 X2, 5970 while nvidia none after gtx295
They could improve the scaling in some of the games tested on the 6990 IMO. It will be interesting to see any new drivers from them between then and now (besides cat 11.3).
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#18
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Everybody saying the 6990 will get curb stomper has viewed xfire 6970 vs sli 580 reviews right? Cause that showed the xfire setup ahead by a little bit. Everyone seems to forget amd's scaling is higher
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#19
ivicagmc
Those GPUs are huge comparing with the ones from 6990...
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#20
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Excuse my ignorace but isnt Fermi a bigger die then ATI?
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#21
alexsubri
I will only buy this if it make's me a sandwich and plays with my balls
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#22
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
ati is about to be rocked!:rockout:
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#23
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: cdawall
Everybody saying the 6990 will get curb stomper has viewed xfire 6970 vs sli 580 reviews right? Cause that showed the xfire setup ahead by a little bit. Everyone seems to forget amd's scaling is higher
it is now. was never like that. however, just blatently saying that AMD scaling is higher or better is quite bold. It really depends on the games. Some like CF some like SLI.
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#24
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
by: mtosev
Anyone betting which card will be faster? gtx 590 or hd 6990?
I put my money on the hd 6990. nVidia's last dual card was gtx295 in 2008. ATI released the following cards: 4850 X2, 4870 X2, 5970 while nvidia none after gtx295
the 6990 has proved to set the bar really high, especially on its second more awesome bios, but I wouldnt count nvidia out...

also as for ATI releasing those cards... the GTX295 was the answer to the 4870X2, coming a few months later, and I belive sapphire designed and made the only 4850X2, not ATI.

I'm willing to grant they didnt have an answer to the 5970 but theyre comitted to rivaling the 6990, and this is both camps 4th dual GPU card, the war is on!
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#25
HalfAHertz
Call me crazy but I'm gonna repeat my previous guess that they're gonna use 2 OCed 560Ti cores and the card is gonna be rated at exactly 599$ perform in spitting distance of the 6990 and be an amazing bargain overall :p Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day! :D

Besides as others mentioned this shot is old and is not a valid representation of the final product.
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