Originally Posted by Bah!
Yeah, if it's only slightly louder than a 580 it will be an amazing feat. The problem I'm seeing with these cards is the price/performance. At 600ish mhz, if that is in fact their speed, they will most certainly be slower than the 6990 and I don't see any way possible that Nvidia will charge less than what AMD will be charging for the 6990.
It's going to be interesting to see the discussions between camps when Nvidia has the cooler/quieter card and AMD has the faster/louder/more power hungry card. I foresee a lot of people changing their tune compared to what they were saying this time last year.
Edit: Here as some benches of a 6990 vs 580's in SLI at the supposed 590 speeds:
One of the big things will be if the core clock is 600, then can we overclock it and by how much. I can understand there reasons to keep inside the PCI-e specs. Although I just wish they would go all out and break them.
Also by how much will the temps rise. It's ok if the stock clocks are 600 if it can be clocked to 772 like the 580 and then the performance will be good. If the chips are indeed hand picked then that may well eventuate.