Initially I heard that only eVGA and ASUS would be launching these puppies, but I guess long time nVidia supporter, ZOTAC will also be pushing out these dual GPU uber cards. I was going to post the ASUS press release first, but since they didn’t include any pretty pictures, I guess I’ll skip that and talk about the ZOTAC instead. And for some reason, eVGA doesn’t send out releases so we really don’t care about them. They barely even send our hardware for anyone to test independently so whatever!

Most people, including myself, thought that the new GTX 590 would completely wipe the floor with the Radeon HD 6990. Our preliminary preview had it pegged as a sure thing. With two GTX 580’s onboard, how could you go wrong? Well, we ended up getting the launch date wrong (March 22  vs March 24) and apparently, we got the wiping of the floor wrong too. You see, the GTX 590 was designed for a completely different task than complete domination. While it does have two GTX 580s onboard, these GPUs have been severely downclocked. The reasoning, according to nVidia, is to drive the noise levels down to an acceptable level where the user experience was the same as a single card. To be completely blunt though, why the heck would you do that? If someone is looking for the best card on the planet, noise levels don’t factor in! I won’t be able to hear it behind my headphones anyway?

As it stands right now, most reviews are showing the GTX 590 in its somewhat crippled state to be within a 1% margin of its would be nemesis, the HD 6990. While it is a lot quieter and cooler running than AMDs best, it certainly doesn’t put nVidia at the top of the FPS wars as we thought it would. Performance is closer to two GTX 570’s in SLI and given the price tag of $699 US, two GTX 570’s overclocked might be a better deal given current market pricing.

While I’m disappointed with both AMD and nVidia’s dual GPU offerings for various reasons now, I’m more disappointed in nVidia. This almost seems like a cop out because we all know that GTX 580 in SLI is the FPS King when it comes to single GPUs working together. My only hope is that this is simply the “GTX” version to an upcoming “ULTRA” version of this card. And oh yeah, this post is supposed to be about the ZOTAC GTX 590 card so check out the press release and pretty pictures below. Unfortunately, the title of the release is a lie because we now know that isn’t true.

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ZOTAC® Reveals World’s Fastest DirectX® 11 Graphics Card

New ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590 obliterates existing visual and performance barriers

HONG KONG – Mar. 24, 2011 – ZOTAC® International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today reveals the GeForce® GTX 590 graphics card — the world’s fastest graphics card capable of delivering extreme visual clarity and mind-boggling frame rates. The new ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590 combines a pair of high-performance graphics processors to form the ultimate graphics card for gamers that obliterates existing visual and performance barriers.

A pair of Fermi graphics processors delivers a combined 1024 unified shaders for earth-shattering performance that is ready to tackle all current and upcoming game titles powered by Microsoft® DirectX® 11 technology with the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590. Large amounts of video memory – 3GB –enable the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590 to tackle the latest titles with maximum details and enhance games with up to 32x levels of anti-aliasing for stunning visuals and details that mimic reality.

The ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590 delivers an unmatched gaming experience with native support for seamless triple-display gaming with NVIDIA® Surround technology. When combined with 3D-ready monitors and television, the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590 delivers stunning stereoscopic 3D effects with Blu-ray 3D movies, 3D photos and hundreds of PC games for absolute immersion.

“Our ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590 is engineered to deliver the absolute best PC gaming experience available. With the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590, gamers can experience triple-monitor gaming with DirectX® 11 technology, stereoscopic 3D effects and realistic physics processing on a single graphics card for the first time,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC® International.

Quad NVIDIA® SLI readiness enables two ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590 graphics cards to combine in a single system and deliver up to 3.4-times the performance of a single graphics processor for triple-monitor gaming at high-definition resolutions with smooth-as-butter frame rates.

A download voucher for a full copy of Assassin’s Creed®: Brotherhood is included with the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590 to let gamers experience the full capabilities of the graphics card on the game’s March 24, 2011 release date. Brotherhood takes gamers on an epic adventure through a beautifully digitized city of Rome, Italy with a captivating storyline as the Master Assassin Ezio Auditore to fight greed and free the city of corrupt tyrants.

It’s time to play with the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590!

General details

  • New ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 590 graphics card
  • Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 500 GPUs
  • Engine clock: 607 MHz
  • 1024 unified shaders (512 shaders per GPU)
  • Shader clock: 1215 MHz
  • 3GB GDDR5 memory (1536MB per GPU)
  • Memory clock: 3414 MHz
  • 768-bit memory interface (384-bit per GPU)
  • Triple dual-link DVI-I & mini-DisplayPort outputs
  • PCI Express 2.0 interface (Compatible with 1.1)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 11 & OpenGL® 4.1 compatible
  • NVIDIA® CUDA technology with CUDA C/C++
  • NVIDIA® PhysX® technology
  • NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround ready
  • Quad NVIDIA® SLI®-ready
  • ZOTAC® Boost Premium software bundle included
  • Assassin’s Creed®: Brotherhood full game bundle (download voucher)

About ZOTAC International (MCO) Limited

ZOTAC International is a part of PC Partner Ltd. Group. ZOTAC is also one of the largest NVIDIA graphics cards and motherboard manufacturer in the world with over 10 years of quality manufacturing experience. The ZOTAC philosophy is to deliver the latest products at competitive prices without sacrificing quality.

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