Re: GeForce GTX 590 Review Thread
NVIDIA must have thought that they caught too much flack for the noise levels of the GTX 480 and also seeing that AMD is currently being denigrated for the noise levels of the 6990 as well, so they went with the safe route here, lower clocks, lower fan speeds, and lower noise. The problem is that they went a bit too far with the downclocking. Anandtech tested their OC'ed 590 in all the same tests as the stock 590, and its much closer to the stock 6990 in the AMD-favored games. The problem is that the 6990 can have a healthy OC as well, and I don't know how much more headroom the 590 would have after the speeds that Anandtech OC'ed it to at 750/900.
The acoustics design on the 590 also seems to be catering to the wrong audience here. HardOCP says this card is nearly silent. I don't think it would have been a problem to bump up clock speeds and have a slightly noisier $700 dual GPU card. Its not like you are dropping this thing into an HTPC, and enthusiasts who would overclock this thing to speeds where the fan would be insanely loud would put on a waterblock anyways.
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