Two things that we need to take into account here are that these were tests on the latest games, titles which are important now, rather than games that are unlikely to be played again. In addition to that the performance achieved with the overclock had minimal impact on the noise generated by the GTX 590. Even with the maximum overclock it was near silent and more importantly it was noticeably quieter than the 6990. In fact when we moved back from the 6990 to the GTX 590 in order to compete our testing it was a pleasant change to have the lower noise levels without a significant performance hit.
So how does our experience with the overclock and new drivers affect our feelings on the value of the GTX 590? Earlier we stated that it was a card which felt a little overpriced, the performance was not quite there and driver issues in games such as Shogun 2 took the shine off the card a little. With the latest driver and running at the maximum performance when compared with the 6990 we are happy to report that the GTX 590 now feels a lot more like it is priced appropriately. We get exceptional performance, improved drivers, cooler operation than the competition, significantly quieter operation too... and of course all the benefits of surround gaming, 3D Vision, PhysX and CUDA.
We have no doubt that Point of View will release a tuned version of the GTX 590 which runs at a similar speed to our manual overclock and we have no hesitation in recommending that model or the stock version. All of the fun with no noise issues and a product which (when overclocked) is worthy of our gold award.
GTX 590 Single Card Article
GTX 590 Quad SLI Article