Powerful enough to threaten the HD 6990?
Now let’s see how the GTX 590 holds up against the competition, and its younger siblings. For testing the Zotac GTX 590, I have used our regular testbed which comprises of an Intel Core i7-2600K, Kingston HyperX T1 4GB DDR3-2200MHz memory, Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard, Kingston V-Series 64GB SSD with Windows 7 Ultimate running on it; all of which is powered by a Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU. For comparisons I have used the Zotac GTX 580 and 570 as well as the AMD HD 6990, 6970 and the 6950 thrown in for good measure. Apart from 3DMark, all benchmarks were run at a resolution of 1920×1200.
While the DX11 heavy Unigine Heaven (v2.5) and Metro 2033 are championed by the GTX 590, 3DMark 11 is surprisingly won over by the HD 6990. While the results of Just Cause 2 are in overwhelming favor of the HD 6990, the GTX 590 fared surprisingly lower than my expectations. Far Cry 2, which is traditionally Nvidia’s home ground, was also surprisingly won by the HD 6990; negligible though the difference is.