gtx 590 vs 6990

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  1. death_samurai

    death_samurai Ancient Guru

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    I hear that the 6990 is very loud on the fan

    but the gtx 590 overheats pretty easily and one graphics driver actually causes it to overheat and be damaged?


    Didn't read the comprehensive reveiws of either card.

    Hope to hear your opinions. Hopefully no bias towards 590 all cos this is the nvidia forum.
     
  2. Cyberdyne

    Cyberdyne Ancient Guru

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    In Guru3D's review the 590 was actually 6 C cooler on load compared to the 6990, while being that much quieter. The only people burning them out are people upping the Voltage on older drivers.
    Power consumption was roughly the same, while speed was a give and take depending on the game (and driver used...), which considering the noise and temp is great. At the same time though it does not OC nearly as well.

    I prefer NVIDIA in general, but both cards are good options (assuming price is out of the equation). I would get the 590, but if OCing is important then get the 6990.
     
  3. isidore

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    well, if you can't wait a little longer, maybe some GTX590 with custom PCB get release, then i say go for the HD6990, yes it's a bit louder, but it's also faster, can OC , doesn't burn..water cooling solution have been release, so hd6990 water cooled, with high OC will smoke the GTX590.
     
  4. zoso_the_hippy

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  5. GAR818

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    I say go for the gtx 590. Im an nvidia fan tho :)
     
  6. Sever

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    gtx590 doesnt overheat at stock clocks. it runs cooler than the 6990 and is quieter. gtx590 also has better performance than two 580s in sli running at the 590 clocks (dont ask me how they pulled it off, my guess is the drivers are better optimised for the 590).

    6990 is more overclockable.

    soo, if youre fine with stock clocks or plan to watercool to overclock, grab the 590. the issue was that the vrms overheat too much when people overvolted the card ridiculously. watercooling can manage the temps well enough.

    if you plan to overclock and dont plan on replacing the cooler, grab the 6990.
     
  7. evolucion888

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    Both performs so close, but considering that a stock GTX 590 performs slightly slower in average than a stock HD 6990 and the fact that the GTX 590 overclocks poorly, I think that you will have higher overclocking margin and hence, better performance overall with an HD 6990. Or just wait for a custom GTX 590 to arrive.
     
  8. ---TK---

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    you have links on the claim that the 590 runs better than a pair of 580`s both stock clocked?
    612/1224/3420 1 590
    772/1544/4008 580x2
    the evga goes a little higher 630/1260/3456
    both are gf110 cores with the full 512x2 shaders
    it is impossible for a stock 590 to beat a stock 580
    overclock the 590 to 580 specs and they perform exactly the same (assuming you do not fry it lol)
    OP if you have to have a dual card grab the 6990. I wouldnt touch the 590 right now with all the problems
    I wouldn`t bother getting either 1 on a socket 775 dual core though
     
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  9. TheHunter

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    get 2x570gtx.
     
  10. PCTECHTRONICS

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    Go for the 590
     

  11. Solfaur

    Solfaur Ancient Guru

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    2x580, but if you insist on dual gpu card, 6990 all the way.
     
  12. Apocalypse~

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    What he said was, that if you clock 590 and 580 to same speeds, 590 shows better scaling as compared to couple of 580s.

    IMO, go for 590. More quite, more cool.
     
  13. evolucion888

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    But the GTX 590 is slower than the HD 6990 and doesn't overclock well, why paying the same as the HD 6990 and get less?
     
  14. fxmercenary

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    Get a 590. It performs better than ATI's card if you compare the 2 running on their release date drivers.

    Give the 590 time. Better drivers will roll out for it. Its fast, and will only get better.
     
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    Dont get either
    get a msi 580 lighting they will offer performance out the ying yang...fastest single cored card ever built.it might even give both of these cards a run for there money when overclocked
     

  16. ---TK---

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    I read the post wrong, but what I said remains valid. Clock the 580s to 590 speeds or clock the 590 to 580 speeds they will perform identically. What cowie said is right. Buy a single 580 (lightning).
     
  17. Copey

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    Id take 570 SLI over either i think, im not a big fan of 2 cores on one baord, causes alot of heat and issues from what im reading.

    Thing is unless your running a HUGE res screen then there isnt really any needs to go over ATI and Nvidia's top single card, as nothing uses them as it is.
     
  18. evolucion888

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    If the OP wants to go to GTX 570 SLI, better off with a HD 6950 Unlocked CF (HD 6970 CF), as CF scales better and will have steady performance as anti aliasing and resolution increases, it can even outperform the GTX 580, specially at Surround/Eyefinity resolutions.
     
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    I can't believe nobody has mentioned resolution yet. If you play above 1920x1200 the HD6990 starts outpacing the GTX590 and the trend continues depending on how high you go.

    If you're not running 2560x1600 or multi-monitor, why bother with a dual GPU card?
     
  20. johnbiohead

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    I used to have a 5970 it was my first ATI and I was severely disapointed so I switched to NVIDIA GTX590 from MSI(N590GTX) and I love it. Low temps, a little louder than I thought after 2 hours of gaming, but still no need for restarts for 6 days straight and counting,fully gaming:biggun:,whereas 5970 froze up on me once per 2 days at least. No OC whatsoever.I'm not used to switching cards that quick I usually hold on to them for 2 -3 years but 5970 sucked and gtx 590 is surprisingly "green" for a double card. Maybe 6990 is good though I haven't tried it.I also don't use resolutions above 1920*1080 that's why I picked it.
     
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