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ASUS GeForce GTX 590 3 GB Review


GeForce GTX 590 Review Introduction


Being the vendor behind the fastest graphics card money can buy means a lot for both NVIDIA and AMD, in equal measures, as neither is willing to accept the "second best" spot while trying to spin off their mediocrity with "performance/features to price" (unlike the desktop CPU industry). NVIDIA has been a company traditionally seen as being behind the fastest GPUs for longer periods of time, and with higher standards in product quality. Its GeForce GTX 580 single-GPU was very fast, but its competition was inconclusive with the Radeon HD 5970, the red team's lead extended with the launch of Radeon HD 6990, a couple of weeks earlier, but now NVIDIA got the GeForce GTX 590.

We in the media had written off the possibility of a dual Fermi graphics card, like GeForce GTX 590, using two GF100 GPUs after seeing the GeForce GTX 480's obnoxious thermal/electrical figures. GF110 is worlds apart from GF100 in terms of thermal and electrical characteristics, but even that left a bit of a doubt if NVIDIA can actually pull of a dual-GPU graphics card design based on it, let alone a single-PCB dual-GPU design. Well, NVIDIA's engineers shut us up with their GeForce GTX 590. But that's only a part of the story. Whether this 6 Billion transistor, 1024 CUDA core, 3 GB over 384 GB/s monstrosity keeps its cool and checks its appetite while it performs well is the business-end of it and we will test this in our GTX 590 review.

We have today with us a GeForce GTX 590 by ASUS, which sticks to NVIDIA's reference design, and combines it with ASUS' high quality packaging and bundle. ASUS' Voltage Tweak technology and SmartDoctor software that lets you up voltage is very much part of the package, ready to enhance your GTX 590 with overclocking. Boy oh boy.

GTX 480
HD 6970
GTX 580
HD 5970
Radeon HD 6990GeForce
GTX 590
Shader units 48015365122x 16002x 15362x 512
ROPs4832482x 322x 322x 48
GPUGF100CaymanGF1102x Cypress2x Cayman2x GF110
Transistors3200M2640M3000M2x 2154M2x 2640M2x 3000M
Memory Size1536 MB2048 MB1536 MB2x 1024 MB2x 2048 MB2x 1536 MB
Memory Bus Width 384 bit 256 bit 384 bit 2x 256 bit 2x 256 bit 2x 384 bit
Core Clock700 MHz 880 MHz 772 MHz 725 MHz 830 MHz 607 MHz
Memory Clock924 MHz 1375 MHz 1002 MHz 1000 MHz 1250 MHz 855 MHz


Package Front
Package Back


You will receive:
  • Graphics card
  • Driver CD + Documentation
  • PCI-Express Power Cable
  • DVI to Analog VGA Adapter
  • DVI to HDMI Adapter

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

NVIDIA's GTX 590 is one of the longest graphics cards on the market today, its length is about 28 cm or 11 inches.

Graphics Card Height

The card requires two slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

The card has three DVI ports and one mini-DisplayPort port. Due to the dual GPU design, you can use all outputs at the same time. However, AMD still offers a more complex and flexible output configuration on their GPUs, where up to six active outputs are possible.

An HDMI sound device is also included in the GPU. The HDMI interface is HDMI 1.4a compatible which includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz / 24-bit output. The new revision also brings support for Blu-ray 3D movies which will become important later this year when we will see first Blu-ray 3D titles shipping.

You may combine up to two GTX 590 cards from any vendor in SLI. At this time there is no driver that supports Quad SLI configurations though, NVIDIA has promised that this will be released at a later date.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

Here are the front and the back of the card, high-res versions are also available (front, back). If you choose to use these images for voltmods etc, please include a link back to this site or let us post your article.
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