Originally Posted by Rollo
When you throw the fact it's totally quiet doing all of the above and the 6990 roars like a blow dryer doesn't hurt either.
EDIT: I should note that noise has never been my personal deal maker/breaker, but it clearly matters to the market in general.
I think this card is a very nice mix of performance and ergonomics.
Raw performance/features is what matters to me, and I said the same thing back when I bought my 480's. If the feature sets were identical between both cards, and I was buying a dual gpu card, I'd buy a 6990 10 times out of 10. The problem is, IMO, Nvidia has a better feature set for their cards, and that would probably push me more towards the 590.
Of course, I wouldn't buy either to be honest and I'm glad I bought my 580's.
Like I said, the fan noise is not an issue for me, but just clear this up once and for all for those members who are in denial about the latest offering from both camps:
6:00-6:30 is where the good stuff happens. Be sure to take your headphones off first, though.