We’ll be evaluating the new GeForce GTX 590 with our X58 testbed which has the following specifications:
Obviously, the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 will be pitted against the AMD Radeon HD 6990. Bearing in mind the substantial downclocks of the GeForce GTX 590, it will be interesting to see how it will fare against the Radeon HD 6990. We have also included results of other high-end graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX 580 and GTX 570, as well as the Radeon HD 6970 and HD 5970.
NVIDIA also insisted that we tested the GeForce GTX 590 using a 64-bit OS, claiming that its maximum potential can only be achieved with more than 4GB of RAM. Although there many articles (such as this) which suggest that there's not much difference going from a 32-bit to 64-bit version of Windows 7, we duly obliged and upgraded our system to 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate.
The list of card tested and driver versions used:
The list of benchmarks used: