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GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon HD 6990

Intro

The GeForce GTX 590 comes with a GPU clock speed of 607 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 855 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 512 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6990, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 830 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this particular model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 590 365 Watts
Radeon HD 6990 375 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 590 should theoretically be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6990 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 328320 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6990 320000 MB/sec
Difference: 8320 (3%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 is a lot (about 105%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 590. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 159360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 77696 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 81664 (105%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 590 should be a bit (approximately 10%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6990, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 58272 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6990 53120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5152 (10%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

GeForce GTX 590

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6990

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 590 Radeon HD 6990
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 March 2011
Code Name GF110 Antilles
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1536 MB (x2) 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 607 MHz (x2) 830 MHz (x2)
Shader Speed 1215 MHz (x2) (N/A) MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 855 MHz (3420 MHz effective) (x2) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) (x2)
Unified Shaders 512 (x2) 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 96 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 (x2) 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit (x2) 256-bit (x2)
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 365 watts 375 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 328320 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 77696 Mtexels/sec 159360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58272 Mpixels/sec 53120 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

96 Responses to “GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon HD 6990”
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Anonymous says:
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99Ako says:
Their almost the same

GTX 590 ----->l<----- Radeon HD 6990

hi says:
their are at the same performance ... well not exactly .. as the 590 is beated sometimes by 6990 in some games ... the nvidia is a better choice because is allot more silent and it consumes less energy and those 2-3 frames the 590 is beated sometimes is not noticeable at 100-200 fps ... also the 590 beats 6990 many times so .. basicaly their are equal :D
Ali says:
WELL ALWAYS ATI WINS! AND IT WON AGAIN THIS TIME :) ATI HAS 1 PROBLEM...

EXPENSIVE!!!!!!

BUT WORTHY !!!!

:)

Warren says:
ATi expensive? It's ALOT cheaper than the GTX590! and it scales better in Crossfire than the GTX590. I really can't see the worth in spending an extra 150 quid on a GTX590 over the 6990.
Konzendoji says:
There are only 5 problems for Nvidia 590

Nvidia 590 Ati6990

Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1536 MB (x2) 2048 MB (x2)
Memory Speed 855 MHz (x2) 1250 MHz (x2)
Unified Shaders 512 (x2) 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 96 (x2)

I don't mind 384 bits vs 2556, if the rest is wore!!!
Bits aren't all in a VGA. GPU and amount of memory are very important! Like Clocks!!!!

Idiots says:
If you keep your fanoboy-ism aside both cards are equal and prices for the GTX590 dropped to almost 50$ difference between the cards. Overall performance Nvidia always wins. Some games are better for Ati some for Nvidia. Comes down to wich one you like more, performance wise they are equal.
nemanja says:
There are no problems for GTX 590 because it has CUDA cores dual GPU, its smaller you take ATI and it wont fit in your case.

And 590 has 3D far better done that the 6990 and THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IT IS DOESNT MAKE ANY NOISE while the 6990 fills your hole room with noise.

Novuake says:
Nemanja, you don't know what CUDA cores mean, do you???

CUDA cores are basically Stream Processors.

NVIDIA just named theres something else.

The 6990 is also a Duel GPU

The ATI card is better because its cheaper. Other than that they trade blows very well.

Novuake says:
Oh and the noise depends on the brand of GPU you buy, the Sapphire Cards are quiet.
hakeeme says:
what is good for games,pixel or texel?chosse the right for me.
hakeeme says:
i think noise depend on brands of card.gpu does not make noise.asus direct cu silent is cool and 0db.
[...] secara teknis, NVIDIA maupun ATI memiliki kelebihan dan kekurangan dalam sistemnya (lih. tabel spesification). Menurut sumber lainnya, NVIDIA dikatakan memiliki komponen-komponen [...]
goga says:
was looking for long time for such a good comparing site! thanks!! for helpful comments to!!!
Proffessional says:
Radeon HD 6990 is X2 Better

If you compare the detailes you will know.

Chris says:
The gtx 590 overall is the better card. Why you may ask? For one it doesn't sound like a lawn mower and secondly, it has way beter drivers and most games made nowadays are made to be played on nvidia. For example the battlefield series of games
Kolabsar says:
HD6990 vs GTX 590
375W vs 365W - TDP
310W vs 345W - Power consuming (is not the same as TDP)
64ROP vs 96ROP
192TMU vs 128TMU
768SP (3072SPu) vs 1024SP
830MHz vs 607MHz
2x160GB/s vs 163,9GB/s - memory bandwidth
amount of memory is important for the size / resolution textures, and AA and AF, in practice, enough for 1920x1080 resolution 1GB (for Metro 2033 or even GTA4 1.25 GB), more memory can be treated as a curiosity, unless the use of multi-monitor configuration.
As for the theory.
TMU have a different structure and can not be compared by multiplying the number of units and the clock frequency.
In practice coming out that are faster in NV about 1,8 - 2,0x than AMD, because it is clocked much higher clock SP domain, and not as previously ROP domain clock.
AMD introduced their own improvement in TMU in HD5670, were introduced significant changes in the structure of the TMU.
The same quantity of TA / TF (TMU) in the cluster. Although 20 units, bilinearn filtration efficiency is at the level 32TMU.
VLIW-5, VLIW-4 or the upcoming GCN architecture of the AMD is completely different from the CUDA processors used in Fermi. SPu units in the AMD cards have lower performance than the SP NVIDIA, as well as have a lower clock speed but there are 4-5x more than NVIDIA.
In my opinion you should compare the cards in games rather than dry numbers and benchmarks.
My opinion on the two cards are:
NVIDIA is useful for tasks where the professional card earns himself thanks to CUDA, which is something for the graphics professional.
AMD is cheaper and so Eyefinity can play on multiple monitors at once, something for fans of extreme games.
Both cards have their niche and use, and its place in the market.
dan says:
Both cards are equal in quality, stop being fanboys...it is obvious that the 6990 is better in value than the 590 I'm an nvidia user and i don't have a problem admiting it.
xws says:
ati win
ggg says:
Ati best!
BOBSAGET says:
the 6990 looks better too :)
Chris says:
Both cards are very similar in performance. Amd card costs less but is a bit louder.
Nvidia card might blow up because of the heat.

Then again AMD aren't renowned for their drivers.

I'd still say amd win because of the price

True story... says:
Ati >> Nvidia

get it?

MOM Mon says:
ATI wins ..its better ...look for all the comparison they are the same only in Texel Rate the ATI give a big Different ...but i Hate ATI big size ..thats all
GPU says:
no matter ATI on NV,
better GPU always have MORE Unified Shaders, means better computation.
Sid says:
ATI is just that bit better.Having said it's cheaper,way better price/performance,and that is what really matters.
Polignostix Noob says:
Hello, I have a Nividia Riva 128, would I benefit by upgrading to one of those cards ?
Samuel says:
I have a Voodoo 5500 by 3dfx, would I benefit by upgrading to one of those cards?
Tomer says:
The cards are equal. Decide by the price and put your fanboygayness aside for a moment!
prophet.bam says:
Ati rules nuf said....
x181 says:
bunch of children commenting on this site. get back to school...and get off my lawn!
Tiglets says:
I have Inno3D FX5500 and it is better than 590 and 6990.. lol
old school AGP card is still the best.
Anonymous says:
best card 590 because im a nvidia fanboy nerds so gtfo
Anonymous says:
sorry but HD 6990 is better !!

I have HD 6870 of XFX :D

anonym says:
sorry but HD 6990 is better !

I have HD 6870 with Phenom X6 Prozessor :D

huhu says:
ati is better?.. mh are you sure? i heard there is a lot of hareware laggs with ati cards
mike says:
why is the gtx 590 has a higher memory bandwidth than the hd 6990?

gtx 590 3gb > hd 6990 4gb?

Bruder9999 says:
Also eig sind beide Karten sehr gut beide leisten sehr viel und ich vermutte das die gtx 590 im starken games wie zbs bf3 vorteil hat wiel irgent wie haben die NVIDIA Karten mehr etwas mehr fps leistunngen und was ich über die ATI´s weiß ist das die etwas Laute sind und mehr strommverbrauchen
Bruder9999 says:
Mike Good question but I do not know unfortunately
Atheist says:
You're all jews and/or nazis. Please go to hell before I slaughter the lot of ya!
hyrulien says:
Ok people I have seen both of these cards in action while playing Skyrim and SWTOR Beta at the same time. Was using a I5 2500k x4 and 8 gigs of DDR3 1600mhz ramm with the Nvidia card. And a AMD Fx-6100 x6 with 16 giggs of 1600mhz ramm for the amd card. Both had 1200 watt psu with dual low end volt. Corsair I believe. The Amd card ran around 20c hotter and precisley 35% louder in noise. It was also about 2 1/2 inchs longer. But I did notice the FPS in the 6990 ran Skyrim about 3-5 FPS better then the 590. But SWTOR ran nearly 20 FPS better . Both averaged around 90 FPS while running both games maxed. It all boils down to whether you want a 500hp mustang or a 400 hp lambo. And remember just like AMD vs Intel. The sheer speed is not always the winner, The architecture is nearly always what determines the over all ability. For example if you have 800mhz @ 3 1/2 inchs and 700mhz @ 2 1/2 inchs. The lower speed will win because of the distance needed to travel. Do not always think bigger engine ultimatly means faster..........
hyrulien says:
Incase you are wondering. They were Asus-nvidia and gigabyte-amd. And both used 2x 40 inch Toshiba Tvs at 1080p.
sakib says:
hey gamers don't upgrade ur pc with these graphics cards . becuz they r too much . and too much is not good.and u dont need them to play ur latest games .there r far cheaper graphics card than these.and they r good . so dont waste ur good money on gtx 590 or ati radeon hd 6990.
hyde says:
gtx 590 faster 1% than HD6990 :D
Amir Shotgun says:
I think if you buy 2 HD6970 and make it with CrossFire together is better than use a HD6990 VGA!
Anyway GT590 is no match for HD6990 at all !
rainbow says:
Ok. you forget the 'cuda core' which is very important even in 3d programs
not just for games
I think Nvidia is a step forward
;)
Anonymous says:
I'd safely say that i'm a nvidia user but comparing their reliability nvidia wins as less bugs and heatsink issues whereas ati are known to melt under pressure and makes louder noises. Maybe that's why nvidia sells its cards slightly more expensive than ati. Therefore ati wins by price comparisn still i would not buy either those cards as they are overpriced.
156 says:
i have a question, thers no doubting in the specs that the radeon is better but did any one see the bit rates?
590(384 x2) 6990(256 x2)?
unless iv been told lies the higher the bit ratio the more times the information can be procesed there by being faster?
killer says:
guys if you buy water cooling on the 6990 it il be allot quiet
jdrawmer says:
matter of choice. This is a pointless comparison because it's theoretical as opposed to actually testing against various games.

GTX580 SLI beats both of them, and for about the same price because you're not getting the lack of performance sticking 2 GPU's into the one card.

Realista says:
IF both cards have same price, I'll buy nVidia. BUT, since radeon is MUCH cheaper,I vote for it.
AND, since my nV GTX280 can handle every game on max., I'll not going to buy any of them :-)
Accu says:
Where is the Asus Mars II to compare???
kate22 says:
i have a question, thers no doubting in the specs that the radeon is better but did any one see the bit rates?
590(384 x2) 6990(256 x2)?
unless iv been told lies the higher the bit ratio the more times the information can be procesed there by being faster?

someone reply this pls~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :/

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reply to kate says:
hey kate, the higher bit width does nothing to the performance of the card. i had a 9800gt with 256 bit memory interface but it couldn't beat my 128 bit 6770
erik says:
Hi i have the best ati Video Card ATI 28800-5 on the new isa connecteur 512kb they rock on dos http://kotisivu.dnainternet.net/ttilli/Components/Images/VGA_ICL_ATI_28800_ISA16.JPG

where i can find the new driver for windows 8 64bits

erik says:
P.S. this is my new Sound Blaster 8bits isa they are like wow http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a6/Sound_Blaster_8bit.JPG/640px-Sound_Blaster_8bit.JPG

where to download the new driver i check http://www.creative.com ans soundblaster and noting ?

Has says:
Amd Rock
Geforce Suck and lose

you can talk all night your just lose hhhhh
you will still loser against Amd Gpu

rockytruelyrox says:
I own both of these cards in two different rigs. I would be glad to sell the 6990 for 20% lesser price. All this numbers crap kept aside. I want my games so scale well and look good and get a steady 60 on my fraps. This 6990 crap runs like a bitch in every game that has physix. I dont get to see half of the effects that I notice on Nvidia. Needless to say i run the games with same config on both. If you dont believe buy them and run Batman Arkham city and let me know if you can see the fig and the dynamic lighting in the dark with physics particals. I have owned every major card that AMD has come out in last four years. Getting huge frams does not do it all, if you dont see half of the effect that it did not or rather could not render.
Mike says:
When will we see the addition of the new AMD/Radeon 7000 series added

http://videocardz.com/ati/radeon-7000

as well as the new NVidia 700 series?

http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-700

NoTable says:
I don't know what people are saying about nvidias cards not being loud, I have a geforce 220 in my computer and it's louder than my actual computer. The higher-end ones could be different though.
Vemri says:
Great power you've got there 6990.....another achievement from AMD Radeon base on the newest chip technology..
if someday AMD decide to create such a thing like physX than "green" will be no more smile on it...for me "red" and "green" are still in the same step...prikitiwww...
ASUS911 says:
Nvidia is still the best...
dennis says:
ATI is better .. 590 beat only by the 6690 of ATI .. yeah! ^^
dennis says:
PORong basahin mo 2 ! .. hehe
RST014 says:
dimane2 ya ATI nomer 1 la....
Vemri says:
are you sure the physx engine can be perform well in Mafia II using 6990?
i don't think so, the 590 will be more great running that game better at physx and stability either.
so guys... hope think clearly, you've got better performance when buy 6990 but you've got better performance + cuda + physx when you buy 590.
trust me, high end graphic card take the "Green", mid and low end just get some "Red"....
that's the best value for money!
tayyab says:
Amd did a great job ... And both cards have I idetical figures and it really dosent matter when its 85fps or 95fps .... So no competition there. But if u run both the cards side by side, ull notice complete absence of some effects( physics) like in arkham city or alice madness or battlefield 3... I am not saying that one is better than the other cause in most cases we are all worried about the fps ...and ati does a very good job there but if u are looking for the ultimate graphics experince go with nvidia ..beside if I had that much money I would go for a gtx560ti sli and subscribe the playboy magazine with the spare money.. And yeh I have a gtx 260 216 overclocked to 720 mhz and run every game at 50+ hz at 1080p..
Glaze says:
AMD isn't too amazing with their drives, I think i'd go with Nvidia no matter what.
SuperKewldude says:
Im kinda confused here!
AMD is much more reliable but then again nvidea got "PHYSYX" on their side.Literally!
I just cant make up my mind
mrhankey says:
gtx 590 is still the best card ever best drivers best all i wouldnt shit on ati
SuperKewldude says:
Price/Performance - ATI wins.

Low noise/Power - NVIDIA wins.

so fanboys SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!

volja1971 says:
Hey schoolboy's you all are so funny! I think before saying somthing you should lern a bit!
Also technical data given by manufacturer is realy relevant if you do a real testing. I have learned from my personal experiance and my friend experiance that everything AMD make is laggy! Procesors realy suck so you cant compare them with Intel and while Graphic card are sligthly better they still lagging= sucked. If you can accpet the laggy game then chos a bit cheeper AMD, but if you do mot wannt loos the moment the smooth NVIDA is your choice!
volja1971 says:
Theory is theory, but practice is the truth!
volja1971 says:
I did really like ATI before AMD fu...ed it up!
MG127 says:
i have to agree Kolabsar here, pure number comparing has no meaning.
but there is one thing that i don't like on amd cards ... the driver and their slowness in debugging.
e.g. Madness Returns and AMD mobility cards, it took ONE WHOLE YEAR to have at least a patch that grants playable frames
God says:
Well, there's no argument all all now, never was and never will be: Nvidia beats ATI barehanded, no tricks allowed. Same goes with Intel and AMD. There's nothing worst than AMD processors included the latest FX's. On the other hand, Core i7 3rd gen...simply amazing. Nvidia rules, CUDA cores rules, Physx and Nvidia 3d rules!!!

Oh, and i own an HD 4870, so no fan-gaysm here!!!

Mo says:
i own a 6990 and my previous card was a 5970. And performance wise it blows just about anything out the water just not the 690 but that is different beast! 7990 will take on the 690! and i will wait a bit then get me one as soon as the prices drop. And i like both Nvidia and ATI! If it werent for them we would have a one sided monopoly! So i thank Nvidia for challenging ATI and vice versa!! Still the 590 is a awesome card you can use it for a heater in the winter and a grill to bbq your meat on in the summer!! NUF SAID!!
mbmbm says:
нигеры о чём это вы?
sigi says:
only the ones that have both cards can speak, the others are just guessing about what they dont have...
Joe says:
I'm gonna be honest here. In general, I prefer Nvidia, but ATI generally give better performance for the money.
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soran says:
ati is better from nvidia
PAINIS CUPCAKE says:
I WILL EAT YOU!
Jesus says:
Ur Dun Keds finis 1v1 me all u raep GG
jonathan says:
compare gts250 1gb with 550ti 1gb...........
sohrab says:
i think gtx560 is the best by its price and i want to buy gtx560 .
i want your idea about this please.
Joshua says:
Get the 560Ti, I own it. It's seriously worth getting for its price point. Compare it to the radeon 7770 HD, which is close to the on-board gpu the xbox one is supposed to have. The reason for the comparison is that it will likely be around the min req for newer games in the new gen market.
G Hanson says:
And I think GPU providers also should start lowering Max TDP. Now AMD at 375W. Maybe next year AMD/Nvidea will come at 400W. FCC should make a rule to keep them in 250W or less. Like F1 race cars has engine rules. (I dont know if there is any FCC rules about it. I am not a lawyer).
Nigga says:
Nigga nigga nigga, you're 100% nigga
Jakey Pearce says:
OK, I''ll be speaking from experience. The 6990 is just cheaper but still the same. Just slightly degraded! My opinion, go with the 780Ti. So much better!
Nigga1 says:
Nigga nigga nigga, im 100% nigga
KHAWAR ZAMAN says:
very tough competition among two different cards. but i love R9-280x which is superior to geforce 760

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