AMD launched the first punch with the HD 6990, bringing impressive performance in an extreme package. Shortly after we heard about the GTX 460X2 coming into the battlefield to return fire, NVIDIA was not content with just that and instead released the 590 upon the world.
It’s a 1024 CUDA Core beast packing 3GB of GDDR5, the company claims a pair of GTX 580 chips are running on a single board thanks to refined cooling technology under the cover. Unfortunately all of this performance does come at a cost to make it functional in the real world.
GPU core speed is cut to 607MHz
Shader speeds are 1.2GHz
Memory speed is 3.4GHz
While many may look and say “that’s a ton of power!” it is true but it is also scaled down from the glory that the 580 was living in. It can swing the best of blows with the 6990 in every app while coming in about $10 cheaper, many reviewers seem to feel that the money still might be best spent on the AMD card.
Unfortunately extreme power comes with equal cost, a few reports have come in from reviewers that note the card is able to overclock but that it requires extreme patience and many BSOD screens to get to a stable speed. When considering the idea of more extreme overclocking the card has been known to pop fuses as a security measure while rendering the card inoperable.
In a sense it’s like a poorly cooled supercar, it hauls like no other but it likes to overheat and leave you stranded while the competition blows past.
If you’re still up for getting the latest from NVIDIA though check out the links below and maybe see who is still offering a lifetime warranty on their cards so you can get back into action fast without too much hassle.