Nvidia has released its AMD Radeon HD 6990 competitor, the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590. ASUS is one of the first vendors to introduce its own version of the card. It is available now for $699.
The GTX 590 has impressive specifications – it is essentially two GTX 580s sandwiched together (GF110 cores). Total specifications include 1024 CUDA processing cores and 3GB of GDDR5 video memory. Each of the GPUs sitting on the GTX 590’s board are not as fast as a single GTX 580, however; the shaders, memory, and core clockspeed frequencies have all been reduced.
Despite all its power, however, current reviews show it is not able to keep up with the AMD Radeon HD 6990.
The GTX 590 supports Nvidia Surround/3D Vision Surround, supporting up to three 1080p 3D monitors. 3D Blu-ray content is supported. Two GTX 590s can be installed in the same system, creating an Nvidia Quad SLI setup.
ASUS includes its Smart Doctor with Voltage Tweak software with its version of the GTX 590, allowing users to control fan speeds and GPU core voltages.
The ASUS GeForce GTX 590 is available now for $699.