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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition GeForce GTX 670 EVGA FTW+ 4GB Edition SLI
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 9%
Cyberpunk 2077 84% 50%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 17% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 84% 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34% 9%
Doom Eternal 15% 6%
FIFA 20 29% 42%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 67%
Need For Speed Heat 34% 9%
Halo: Reach 57% 65%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 EVGA FTW+ 4GB Edition SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The GTX 670 has a 376 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. This results in the GTX 670 providing 144.7 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 670 has a 376 MHz higher core clock speed but 32 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 590. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 670 manages to provide 3.9 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 670 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 590, and so the GTX 670 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 590.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 670 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 670 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 670 has 52.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 590, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 670 is much better than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 670 EVGA FTW+ 4GB Edition SLI has 1344. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 670 is 1457. The GTX 670 having 167 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 670 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 590.

The GTX 670 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the GTX 670 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 670 EVGA FTW+ 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590 and a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the GTX 670. The GTX 590 requires 25 Watts more than the GTX 670 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 590 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 670.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed630 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1084 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF110-351-A1Kepler GK104-325-A2 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date24 Mar 2011vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
8.9
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2560x1440
6.6
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed864 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth331.8GB/secvs384.5GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1344
Actual Shader Performance62%vs70%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs224
Texture Rate80.6 GTexel/svs225.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs64
Pixel Rate60.5 GPixel/svs64.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power365 Wattsvs340 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 46 Ampsvs650 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
The SLI setup of GeForce GTX 670 EVGA FTW+ 4GB Edition SLI.
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