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Ah, GPU wars - don't you just love them? NVIDIA have recently released their explosive GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU video card and stated that it was the "World's Fastest Graphics Card" yet, never proved this with an industry-standard benchmark like 3DMark 11.
AMD have called them out on this and directly asked NVIDIA to "prove it, don't just say it". Dem be fighting words meester. Fisty Cuffs, go! AMD also listed a bunch of review sites pointing to their HD 6990 beating out the GTX 590. Salt, wound, hurt.
Since the launch of the GTX 590 we've seen a number of reviewers mention that their cards had died during overclocking, and it's beginning to put doubt in peoples minds when it comes to the quality of the card. About 12 hours ago I'd taken off my reviewer cap and thrown on my investigator one.
It seems that most of the GTX 590s are dieing due to the amount of Voltage being put through the card. I spoke to MSI last night about Afterburner and asked them that if 1.2v isn't safe, how come Afterburner allows the GTX 590 to go that high? - The answer to that question was; "no, Afterburner only allow to 1.05v - 1.2v is not possible".
It came as a bit of a surprise, though, when I said that MSI Afterburner indeed did offer 1.2v on the ASUS GTX 590. Originally MSI thought only Smart Doctor allowed the voltage to go that high, but we've been told that the ASUS BIOS has been tweaked, giving the ability to push the voltage higher.
Just before the reviews went live I received an email from NVIDIA and they said that voltage adjustment shouldn't be done on reference cooling and also be no higher than +25mV. That means the maximum they recommend is 963v from the default .938v. Of course, we would expect the manufacturer to really play it safe. One company told us they've tested internally at 1.000v and achieved a core clock of 840MHz and a memory clock of 4000MHz QDR.
NVIDIA has had a great last 9 months, from the struggles of the initial Fermi launch with the lacklustre 400-series, they've come back very, very strong with the release of the GTX460 and the entire 500-series lineup. Today is no different with NVIDIA launching their new flagship GPU the GeForce GTX 590.
The GeForce GTX 590 is a dual-Fermi based design with two, yes two GTX580 cores on the one card. It is pretty insane but no different to other ventures like the GTX295 or AMD's Radeon HD6990. The card seems to hit and miss where it beats the HD6990, but feel free to check out a bunch of reviews:
NVIDIA are loving it right now, teasing the world with a "top-secret" box which is so-obviously packing a dual-Fermi based GeForce GTX 590. There will be more information available on March 24, which meets the latest rumors of a launch on that day.
The video is quite short but gives you enough of a tease, Tom is even running Crysis 2 in the backround. I'm pretty sure he forgot to say "HA HA" in the video, but I'm sure you could imagine Nelson from the Simpsons doing this in your own mind. Not long to go now ladies and gents! GTX 590 should be ready to stick its green thumb in the air.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 delayed until March 24? NVIDIA use the tears of fanboys to play AMD drinking games
Rumor has it that NVIDIA has delayed the launch of their dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 until March 24, a two day delay on the previous release schedule of March 22. I don't know if it's just me, but I've checked my Steam purchase of Crysis 2 today and noticed before posting this news that Crysis 2 will not unlock until March 24.
Coincidence? I don't know. But NVIDIA have seemingly delayed the GTX 590 for two days while using this time to collect the tears of fanboys into a few bottles and play AMD drinking games with them. Every time they read an article or piece of news that says "AMD" or "Radeon", they take a shot of your tears. Boom.
AMD did not impress their fans by denying warranty if the performance "OC" bios switch was used on their Radeon HD 6990, but XFX have stepped up to the plate and are now saying that they will be fulfilling their warranty even if AMD won't.
XFX told Kitguru that they'd be offering it, with a statement saying:
XFX will warranty the 880Mhz OC Usage as per our usual RMA terms, as long as there is no Consumer Induced Damage etc, as per our usual terms and process for RMA's
XFX strongly believe that if you add a performance enhancing switch which allows the end user to ENHANCE THE CARDS PERFORMANCE, WE Believe it is only right to warranty this benefit,
Further to this, if you wish to guarantee total stability of overclocked product, XFX recommend that consumers use our performance range of XFX range of Power supplies, offering our true wattage guarantee, and easyrail technology, with the best pairing being 750w onwards both core and Modular editions.
This is great of XFX to do this and I would expect other AMD partners to step up and follow the same path - if AMD aren't showing love, then partners will only look better by doing so.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX550 Ti has launched today and should be the GPU of choice for the launch of Crysis 2 in one weeks time. For users of resolutions up to 1080p, you should get some decent bang-for-buck performance in the latest and greatest games.
The card features the usual outputs, in combinations of D-SUB, DVI and HDMI. Some offer dual-DVI, while some offer one of each. It's a dual-slot card and doesn't stray too far from the look and feel of NVIDIA's tasty as hell, GTX460. The GTX560 is being offered right now from virtually all NVIDIA partners, Asus, EVGA, Gainward, GALAXY, Gainward, KFA, Palit, PNY and ZOTAC.
The GeForce GTX550 Ti would be a great addition in most PC's as it has low power requirements but great performance. Yes, it's not a GTX580 or a HD6990, but for most people, this card offers great bang for buck. Not only that, but it uses the Ti-moniker, which is great to see on more cards.
NVIDIA is expected to launch the dual-Fermi based GeForce GTX 590 later this month (rumor has it, March 22nd to go side-by-side with Crysis 2) and another bit of info has leaked out. The GTX 590 is known to include two GF110 cores with all CUDA cores enabled (512 per GPU, 1024 total).
It will include 3GB of GDDR5 memory and is powered via dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors with a TDP rated at 365W. Mentioned in the above slide is that the GTX 590 includes a 12layer, 2oz copper PCB, a 10-phase GPU power system and an on-board PCIe bridge chip. Cooling wise, the GeForce GTX 590 is expected to use something similar to the Radeon HD 6990.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX590 sucks its beer gut in, shows off a possible single-slot cooler? Even The Situation is jealous.
UPDATE: The source looked at the picture wrong, I apologise if I got some people excited! The GTX590 will be a dual-slot card, at 297mm in length which is close to the GTX295's length.
The launch of the soon-to-be amazing GeForce GTX 590 dual-Fermi based GPU is about to go live and the closer we get to the release, the more that leaks out about it. NVIDIA has obviously put a lot of green sweat into this puppy and the latest shots show a 21.5mm-thick cooler which would imply that it's a single-slot based cooler.
This would be an amazing achievement if true, but could also come at the cost of your ears. If it is indeed true, NVIDIA have pulled a rabbit from the hat and should get some fairly good press based on the cooler design alone.
NVIDIA is set to launch their dual-GPU counter-punch-in-the-nuts GeForce GTX 590 on March 22nd. Coincidentally, this is the date of the Crysis 2 launch in which NVIDIA paid a pretty penny (to the tune of $2 million) for some flashy NVIDIA-only benefits. Although Crysis 2 is only launching with DirectX 9 - which is shocking considering the first game from four years ago launched with DirectX 9 and 10 modes.
The GeForce GTX 590 uses two GF110 GPUs (the same as the GTX 570/580 cards), we can expect the GTX 590 to include 3GB of RAM and out-of-the-box support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision Surround and Vision Surround technologies (which are usually only for SLI users). The card is not far away and I'm sure that they're ready to strike while the iron is hot and I have full confidence it's going to be a great card.