So it looks like NVIDIA are not content to sit on the laurels they have accumulated this graphics card generation. The GTX500 series is going extremely strong right now and barely a month after the GTX 560 Ti was released come reports that the Dual-GPU GTX590 and the GTX550 Ti could be incoming. This is based on the fact that the latest beta drivers released by NVIDIA contain entries regarding the two cards, and information as well. The GTX590 will feature two GF110 chipsets (the same ones that power the rather excellent GTX580) and will have 3GB of GDDR5 memory. The GTX550 Ti, which will target AMD’s Radeon HD5770, will be based on the GF116 chipset and will carry 1GB of GDDR5 memory.
NVIDIA still going all guns blazing
AMD have also announced a Dual-GPU successor to the HD5970, which still performs admirably to this day. However, the upcoming HD6990 has a massive task ahead of it if it is to best the GTX590 in performance. While the sales of the two flagship cards won’t exactly tear the roof off buildings, they will still be important in emphasizing superiority and generating hype for their respective brands.
The GTX550 Ti on the other hand is placed very smartly. The sub-10k market is pretty big, and the card that has so far ruled the roost there is the Radeon HD5770. The GTX550 Ti reportedly performs around 30% faster than the 5770, and with AMD not planning on releasing a successor (the HD6770 will only be a rebranding of the 5770 in order to get AMD’s name onto it), it looks the GTX550 Ti is going to take that segment over. It also somewhat ensures the GTX460’s safety, since it will be the only NVIDIA card in the 10-12k segment.