Confirmed: NVIDIA releasing GeForce GTX 590 in February with dual GF110
The upcoming dual GF110 graphics card from the green camp will be called the GeForce GTX 590 and is set to be released around the same time as the AMD dual GPU Radeon HD 6990.
The card will sport two GF110, which means 1024 juicy CUDA cores and 3GB of GDDR5 memory. The reason NVIDIA has chosen to use all the CUDA cores instead of locking shader blocks and pumping up the core frequency is because it is a more efficient solution. That’s why the GTX 590 will be clocked lower and therefore require less voltage than the GTX 580, which has a single GF110 GPU. This is necessary as the GTX 580 has a rated TDP of 244 watts with just one GPU, so you can only imagine the heat if they had both GPUs running at GTX 580 speeds and voltages.
The reference card will have a cooler with a large radial fan in the center, similar to the one on the single PCB version of the dual GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295. Also, it is like the one on the AMD Radeon HD 6990.
NVIDIA has already set the launch date of the GTX 590 to sometime in February. The exact date has not been revealed and I am led to believe that it will be released very soon to catch AMD and the media off-guard, just like they did with the GTX 580. There has been no word on pricing from either NVIDIA or AMD but expect these cards to be over S$1,000 once they hit local shores.