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GeForce GTX 590 is a New Dual-GPU Video Card from Nvidia

March 24th, 2011 · 10 Comments · General 3D News

Today Nvidia has announced their new GeForce GTX 590 solution that comes in the form of a quite powerful dual-GPU video card. The GTX 590 pretty much has two GTX 580 class graphic processors on a single board, with the full 512 CUDA cores per GPU, but with operating frequencies and voltages that are lower compared to the GTX 580. The result is a powerful single video card that features two GPUs and supports up to four monitors, as well as 3 3D monitors for a 3D Vision Surround setup. The GTX 590 shouldn’t be faster than two GTX 580 cards in SLI, but will be faster than a single GTX 580 and with a price of $699 USD it is quite attractive alternative to either a single GTX 580 or dual GTX 580s for SLI. Below are the full specifications of the new dual-GPU card:

Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 Specifications:

Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 590 3GB
Graphics Processing Clusters: 8
Streaming Multiprocessors: 32
CUDA Cores: 1024
Texture Units: 128
ROP Units: 96
Graphics Clock: 607 MHz
Processor Clock (CUDA Cores): 1215 MHz
Memory Clock (Data rate): 3414 MHz
Total Video Memory: 3072MB GDDR5
Memory Interface: 384‐bit
Total Memory Bandwidth: 164 GB/s per GPU
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear): 38.9 GigaTexels/sec per GPU
Fabrication Process: 40 nm
Transistor Count: 6 Billion total
Connectors: 3x Dual‐Link DVI‐I, 1x Mini DisplayPort
Form Factor: Dual Slot
Power Connectors: 2x 8‐pin PCI-E Power
Recommended Power Supply: 700 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP): 365 Watts
Thermal Threshold: 97°C

What is interesting to note is that the GTX 590 is supposed to be working quite silently even under heavy load, thanks to the good cooling solution. It should also offer some overclocking potential, but not as much as a GTX 580 would, and as with the GTX 580s here with the GTX 590 we are also getting a Power Limiter to keep the card in the TDP specs, so that can be a bit of a setback for people wanting to clock the new card. After seeing the GTX 590 announcement I’m pretty sure I won’t be replacing my dual GTX 580 water cooled SLI setup with a single GTX 590, although a Quad-SLI setup with two GTX 590s may sound as a tempting deal for some people. However I’ll be doing a quick comparison how well do the GTX 590 compare to two GTX 580 in SLI in both 2D mode (plain 3D) as well as in a stereo 3D mode in a few games, so expect a separate post about that in a bit. And I’ll also try to get three 3D monitors to do some 3D Vision Surround benchmarks with the GTX 590 for next week…

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My Second GTX 580 Died on Me, So SLI-less Stereo 3D For a While…

March 7th, 2011 · 9 Comments · Other S3D Tech

My bad luck with the hardware has struck me again, although this hasn’t happened for a while now. My second GeForce GTX 580 SLI card started showing artifacts all of a sudden even in 2D mode and it has turned out to be the card that has no warranty that I can use to get it replaced (be careful when getting hardware from abroad). So the last chance was to try to fix things with the help of an Infrared Heating Rework Station (this has helped bring quite a few cards back from the dead), but again no luck, meaning that the issue was not caused by the GPU or the memory chips not having good contact with the PCB for example as is the usual case after cards being overheated. I didn’t have high hopes for that anyway, since I’m using water cooling and both GTX 580s are kept very cool all the time, but still I had some hope. So thanks to my bad luck I’ll probably be using just a single GTX 580 for a while… and Crysis 2 is just coming, did I say I have really bad luck with hardware in the worst possible times ;)

Not that a single GTX 580 video card is not good for stereo 3D gaming, it is Ok in most of the cases, but you get spoiled when you have two in SLI and are not worried anymore of not hitting 60 fps per eye in stereo 3D mode… unless you try playing Metro 2033 with maximum details settings. I’m wondering when we are going to see a new Dual GPU video card (rumored to be called GTX 590) from Nvidia as AMD is getting active lately about their own such solution – Radeon HD 6990…

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