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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 (Reference Card) review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 - The Real Fermi Deal

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Performance:
9
Features:
8.5
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Untouchable single-GPU performance
Cooler and less power hungry than GTX 480
Excellent Tessellation performance
THE BAD
Costly
DX10 performance could be better
No triple display support on 1 card


Test Setup

Test Setup

To find out how the GeForce GTX 580 performs, we’ll be using our dependable X58 setup with the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

We will be looking closely at how the GeForce GTX 580 performs against the other two reigning speed kings, GTX 480 and ATI’s dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970. And with the GeForce GTX 480 being notorious for running really hot and being power hungry, we are also interested to see if the optimizations carried out by NVIDIA will help give the GeForce GTX 580 a less voracious appetite for power and keep it cooler to run.

The full list of cards tested and driver versions used:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1560MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 262.99)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1560MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 260.89 )
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 258.96)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.9)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.10)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.9)

The list of benchmark used are as follows:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Warhammer: Dawn of War 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • “Heaven" from Unigine v2.1
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat