Nvidia launched its Fermi based dual-GPU GTX 590 on March 24 and we’ve received Gainward’s Geforce GTX 590 3072MB GDDR5. The card is based on reference design which means that it’s pretty much identical to most other GTX 590 cards, except for the sticker of course.
GTX 590 is a beast with more than 6 billion transistors, thanks to two GF110 GPUs. Each GPU comes with 512 CUDA processors. Basically, it means that the card has eight GPC (Graphics Computing Clusters), 128 texture units, 32 streaming multiprocessors and 96 ROP units. Each GPU has 1.5GB of memory and 384-bit bus connection.
Gainward’s card looks pretty nice and one wouldn’t think that it’s a dual-GPU card by just looking at it from the front. The blower fan used earlier was replaced by the central style fan design. The fan isn’t too loud, although you’ll hear it well, but the most important thing is that the thermals are kept in check.
Gainward GTX 590 allows you to indulge in some Nvidia Surround without having to buy another Geforce card. All Fermi cards, except of course GTX 590, allow for only two Displays at the time. Nvidia opted for three dual-link DVIs and one DisplayPort out on GTX 590.
You can find some preliminary GTX 590 results below, and it confirms that GTX 590 and HD 6990 have locked horns fighting for dominance. Judging by these, it looks like the crown of the fastest card may very well be decided by drivers.