NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 590 sales 24 March 2011 at a recommended price of $699. This is Fermi architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 3072 MB (1536 MB per GPU) of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.71 GHz are supplied, and together with 768-bit (384-bit per GPU) memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 327.7 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 11" (280 mm) (27.9 cm). Two 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 365 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 12.75 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 590's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.52
 
Architecture
Fermi
 
GPU code name
GF110
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
24 March 2011 (10 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$699
 
Price now
$600 (0.9x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 590's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 590's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
1024
 
of 10752 (GA102)
CUDA cores
1024
 
Core clock speed
607 MHz
 
Number of transistors
3,000 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
365 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
 
Texture fill rate
77.7 billion/sec
 
Floating-point performance
2x 1,244.2 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 590's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus support
16x PCI-E 2.0
 
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Length
11" (280 mm) (27.9 cm)
 
Height
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
 
Supplementary power connectors
Two 8-pin
 
SLI options
+
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 590: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
3072 MB (1536 MB per GPU)
 
Memory bus width
768-bit (384-bit per GPU)
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
1707 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
327.7 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 590. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors
3x DVI, 1x mini-DisplayPort
 
Display Connectors
Three Dual Link DVI-IMini DisplayPort
 
Multi monitor support
+
 
HDMI
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 590, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
Shader Model
5.1
 
OpenGL
4.2
 
OpenCL
1.1
 
Vulkan
N/A
 
CUDA
+
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 590. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

12.75

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

6680

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

9167

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

25720

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

3365

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 590. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
107 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 590 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 86% minimum and 73% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
86%
Recommended
73%
Minimum
86%
Recommended
73%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900p
 
47
 
1080p
 
109
 
1200p
 
112
 

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 590 from AMD is Radeon R7 260X, which is slower by 7% and lower by 18 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 590:

Similar GPUs

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