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Although Nvidia Corp. has never confirmed plans to release a new dual-chip flagship graphics card, it looks like the one is nearing. Apparently, a graphics card called "GeForce GTX 590" is listed in one of beta builds of Nvidia ForceWare drivers.

Nvidia ForceWare driver version 266.7x beta supports GeForce GTX 590 (NVIDIA_DEV.1083.01) and GeForce 550 Ti (NVIDIA_DEV.1244.01) graphics cards, revealed VR-Zone web-site. Both graphics cards have not yet been announced, but their listing in drivers points to the fact that the graphics solutions will be released shortly.

The PCI identifier of the GeForce GTX 590 implies that the graphics board is based on a GF110 graphics processing unit (GPU) which has 1080 PCI ID, naturally, the id does not show how many chips are onboard. The identifier of the GeForce 550 Ti may indicate that the solution is powered by yet unknown GF116 GPU, which will likely be a successor of the GF106 with enhanced performance and lowered power consumption.

Little is known about the graphics card that is said to be called GeForce GTX 590. The board is presumably set to be based on two GF110 graphics chips and will therefore have 1024 stream processing units, 128 texture units and 96 raster operation units in total. In order to simplify the design of the board, the GF110 chips will rely on two 384-bit memory buses to connect to 3072MB of GDDR5 memory (each chip will have 1536MB frame-buffer). Based on images published by several web-sites, the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 will have two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, thus, will consume between 300W and 375W.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 will compete against dual-chip AMD Radeon HD 6990. Given the fact that Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics card is significantly faster ATI Radeon HD 6870, the dual-chip GeForce GTX 590 will have all chances to outperform the Radeon HD 6990 code-named Antilles. Although the flagship graphics cards do not  represent a substantial share of AMD's or Nvidia's revenues, they attract attention to the "GeForce" and "Radeon" brands and therefore advertize mainstream products and prove technological leadership of their developers.

Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Nvidia, Geforce, Fermi, gf110, GF114, antilles, Radeon


Comments currently: 8
Discussion started: 02/17/11 10:10:30 AM
Latest comment: 02/21/11 04:31:52 PM
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0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 02/17/11 10:10:30 AM]

"Given the fact that Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics card is significantly faster ATI Radeon HD 6870,..."

Why compare the GTX 580 to the HD 6870? The HD 6870 was never intended to compete with the GTX 580. AMD is currently touting their HD 5970 as their current competitor to the GTX 580.
0 0 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 02/17/11 06:53:56 PM]

The reason why he write it the 6870 its because its their last product so if the new 6990 double that power and if the gtx 590 is double gtx 580 then yeah the new gtx 590 will out perform it.... are you st**id ?
0 0 [Posted by: srgess  | Date: 02/18/11 05:23:26 PM]
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What do you mean that the 6870 is "...their last product..."? The 6870/6850 was meant to compete with the GTX 460. The 6970 was meant to compete with the GTX 570. The 6990 is meant to compete with nVidia's anticipated GTX 590.

Here, look at this slide:

And it is speculated that the HD 6990 will use two full-shader count 6970 chips but at lower clocks to fit with the 300 watt PCIe spec.
0 0 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 02/18/11 07:52:13 PM]
considering the power draw of the gtx580, the gtx590 will not double the power. not even the hd6990 will manage that, and the power draw of the hd6970 its based on it much lower.
0 0 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 02/19/11 05:46:34 AM]

Hardly anyone cares about HD6990/GTX590 at this point. With 28nm cards likely < 12 months away, dual GPU 40nm chips that will barely outperform a 1.5 year old HD5970 are just for temporary e-peen.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/18/11 11:18:29 PM]

it depend, if the 590 got almost the same performance as a 580 sli and under the 800 price range it ccould be very interesting for a double slot and an after market cooler that could possibly be a total of 3 slot. btw the 5970 still beat a gtx 480 overall so i dont see your point.
0 0 [Posted by: srgess  | Date: 02/19/11 05:45:04 AM]

That device ID, NVIDIA_DEV.1083.01, was already present when the GTX 580 came out ages ago:

0 0 [Posted by: Squuiid  | Date: 02/21/11 04:31:52 PM]


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