Just yesterday we had specifications of AMD’s powerful Radeon HD 6990 officially revealed by the company... And today there is news of NVIDIA working on a similar dual-GPU card to rival AMD. According to the report by Nordic Hardware, NVIDIA has a dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 cards in the works which it plans to release in February.
NVIDIA has already taken the lead in graphics performance with its recent single GPU releases, most notable of which is this week’s GTX 560 Ti card. The new rumored GTX 590 will be a much bigger monster than the GTX 560 Ti as it will be a dual-GPU card; it will also be NVIDIA’s first dual-GPU card since the GeForce GTX 295 in January 2009.
For the GeForce GTX 590, NVIDIA is going with two tweaked GF110 GPUs, both crafted on a 40nm architecture. This will give the card 1024 CUDA Cores which, combined with the 3GB of GDDR5 memory on a 2 x 384 bit interface makes the GTX 590 an absolute powerhouse of a card. While there is no word about the operating frequencies, the word on the street is that is should be around the same mark as the GeForce GTX 580.
If we look at the GeForce GTX 580, we can also get a fair idea of the amount of power this monstrous card will be drawing - the GTX 580 eats up 244W. The card will reportedly also sport an extra large heatsink with a 90mm fan in the centre (very much like the Radeon HD 6990). If the reports are correct, the card should be hitting markets some time in February and will directly take on AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 6990 Antilles dual-GPU.
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