NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 607
  • Max video memory 3072MB (1536MB per GPU)
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1707 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2011
Performance 11.45

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

11.45%

of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT.

General info

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

Place in performance rating365
Value for money1.53
ArchitectureFermi (2010−2014)
GPU code nameGF110
Market segmentDesktop
Release date24 March 2011 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$699
Price now$600 (0.9x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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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 cores1024of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores1024
Core clock speed607 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors3,000 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)365 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature97 °C
Texture fill rate77.7 billion/secof 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance2x 1,244.2 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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 support16x PCI-E 2.0
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length11" (280 mm) (27.9 cm)
Height4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectorsTwo 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount3072 MB (1536 MB per GPU)of 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width768-bit (384-bit per GPU)of 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1707 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth327.7 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
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 ConnectorsThree Dual Link DVI-IMini DisplayPort
Multi monitor support+
HDMI+
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536
Audio input for HDMIInternal

API support

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

DirectX12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.2of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.1
VulkanN/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.

GTX 590 11.45
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Passmark
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL

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.

GTX 590 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.

GTX 590 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.

GTX 590 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.

GTX 590 3345

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

GTX 590 11950

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.

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

900p47
Full HD109
1200p112

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
Battlefield 5 10−12
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
Hitman 3 10−12
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
Battlefield 5 10−12
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
Hitman 3 10−12
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
Metro Exodus 10−12
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
Battlefield 5 10−12
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
Hitman 3 10−12
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
Metro Exodus 10−12
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
Battlefield 5 10−12
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
Hitman 3 10−12
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
Metro Exodus 10−12
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
Battlefield 5 10−12
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 590 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 590 from AMD is Radeon RX 560X, which is slower by 5% and lower by 14 positions in our rating.

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Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with GeForce GTX 590 according to our statistics.

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