We begin our analysis of the new GeForce GTX 590 with 3DMark 11, a new benchmarking utility that makes extensive use of DirectX 11 features such as tessellation and DirectCompute. The GeForce GTX 590 began brightly, scoring 8493 3DMarks, which represents a 50% improvement over a single GeForce GTX 580.
However, it was comfortably matched by the Radeon HD 6990. On the Performance preset, the two cards managed nearly identical scores, but moving on to the more intensive Extreme preset, the GeForce GTX 590 clearly lagged behind the Radeon HD 6990, which managed 299 more 3DMarks, a difference of about 10%.
On 3DMark Vantage, the GeForce GTX 590 scored about 30% greater than a single GeForce GTX 580 and managed scores comparable to two GeForce GTX 570 cards in SLI. It also had slight advantage against the Radeon HD 6990, but the difference was only about 6%.