Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 review

Can Zotac's take on Nvidia's latest win the top graphics card crown?

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As you can see below the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 and AMD Radeon HD 6990 trade blows across our benchmarking suite.

Almost every other result sees a different winner.

It's also interesting to see how the top two single-GPU cards from the two manufacturers fare when paired up against the two dual-GPU cards.

The GTX 580 in SLI is an impressive beast, though rather pricey, but it's the performance of the Radeon HD 6970 in CrossFire that takes the plaudits.

You may need a chunky chassis to fit them both in, but for the same price as the dual-GPU cards you can buy two of these cards and get faster results. An impressive pairing.

Our test rig is an Asus Maximus IV Extreme P67 with an Intel Core i7 2600K and 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM.

All the results are taken at 2560x1600 at the highest settings with 4x antialiasing.

DirectX 11 tessellation performance

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DirectX 11 gaming performance

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DirectX 10 gaming performance

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 590
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 500
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameZotac
Standard Memory3 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width768 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
Number of GPUs2
Number of DVI Outputs3
Height111.2 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length279.4 mm
ManufacturerZOTAC International
Memory Speed3414 MHz
Product ModelZT-50501-10P
Product NameZT-50501-10P GeForce GTX 590 Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberZT-50501-10P
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zotac.com
Marketing Information

Completely transform your gaming experience with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 590, the fastest graphics card with Microsoft DirectX 11 technology ever produced. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 590 delivers out-of-this-world performance by combining a pair of Fermi graphics processors working together to enable an unprecedented gaming experience with phenomenal visuals, clarity and immersion.

Package Contents
  • ZT-50501-10P GeForce GTX 590 Graphics Card
  • DVI-to-HDMI Cable
  • DVI-to-VGA Adapter
  • 2 x Dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe Power Cable
  • Disc
  • User Manual
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1