We found the Asus Matrix GTX 580 Platinum that we reviewed in the November 2011 issue to be pretty badass: It’s a solid, factory-overclocked card that’s impressively easy to push even harder. But it’s also three slots wide and requires two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Gigabyte’s GTX 580 Super Overclock (model GV-N580SO-15L) takes Nvidia’s GPU even further, pumping the core from a stock 772MHz all the way to 855MHz, and the card’s 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory from a stock 1,002MHz to 1,025MHz (the Matrix GTX 580 comes out of the box with its GPU running at 816MHz and its memory at 1,002MHz). And the Gigabyte takes up only two slots and uses just a single 8-pin power connector.
Imagine a graphics card weighing 5.25 pounds with three (yes, three) 8-pin PCI Express power connectors. Now imagine this card taking up three PCI Express slots and almost sucking the life out of an 850W power supply.
That may be one reason Asus named this card after the Roman god of war. It's probably the most powerful single graphics card we've tested, but that power comes at a substantial cost. You'll need the right type of motherboard and case, too—one where you can install a three-slot-wide card that's 12.25 inches long and 5 inches tall.
The Asus Matrix GTX 580 Platinum is quiet, fast, and really, really easy to overclock. It's also massive.
How massive? When we got the box, we thought Asus had shipped us a motherboard by mistake because the box was so large.
The size of the pacage is a clue to the size of the card itself. Asus builds a variant of its DirectCU II dual-fan technology onto the GTX 580, resulting in a card that's fully three expansion slots wide.
EVGA has been tweaking the design of its upcoming GeForce GTX 580 Classified videocard for a few weeks now, offering up the first sneak peek back in early July. Yesterday evening, EVGA Product Manager Jacob Freeman uploaded a pic of the shipping version to his Google+ account, which looks very similar to initial design, only gnarlier.
Liquid cooling can be a scary proposition if you've only ever played with air. When it's your first time diving into the depths of liquid cooling, you can't help but envision a worst case scenario, one in which you end up accidentally soaking your motherboard and other pricey components with H20. Such horrific scenarios are becoming less of a concern as companies launch all-in-one liquid cooling setups, such as what you'll find on PNY's new XLR8 Liquid Cooled Graphics series.
EVGA's Jacob Freeman decided to post a handful of pictures of the company's upcoming GeForce GTX 580 Classified videocard. This beastly looking graphics card sports a funky heatsink/fan design and several high end goodies for overclockers that you've come to expect from EVGA's Classified line. Hit the jump to find out how this card differentiates itself from EVGA's seven other GTX 580 SKUs.
Asus today announced the launch of its new ROG (Republic of Gamers) Matrix GTX 580 videocard. It's an aggressive looking graphics card that knows nothing of stock clocks, standard cooling, or anything else that has to do with Nvidia's reference design. Instead, it comes overclocked from the factory and sports a dual-fan cooling solution and OC-friendly parts and tools that encourages users to push things as far as they'll go.
If you subscribe the motto that air is for breathing, not for cooling, then MSI's new N580GTX HydroGen is exactly the type of videocard that should float your water cooling boat. MSI ditched the reference air cooling solution and replaced it with its own proprietary HydroGen all-copper waterblock. The rest is up to you. Stick it in your water cooled rig, pop the tubes on the in/outlets, turn on the pump, and enjoy seeing those temps drop by as much as 24C over that of Billy's reference card.
Let's start with what a stock GeForce GTX 580 videocard should be running at. According to Nvidia, the GPU in the GTX 580 is rated to run 772MHz. Nvidia pegs the shader clock at 1544MHz, and the 1536MB of GDDR5 is supposed to run at 2004MHz (effective). What's the fun in that?
Sure, the GTX 580 is already the fastest single-GPU card on the planet, but that didn't stop overclocking guru Shamino, who works at Asus, from putting the pedal to the metal. Shamino jumped straight into LN2 cooling, and by doing so he was able to crank the GPU all the way to 1519MHz, nearly doubling the stock clock. The memory, meanwhile, was pushed to 2500MHz.
The extreme cooling was necessary, both to accommodate the higher clockspeeds and the handful of volt mods Shamino made to the card.
Taking a cue from its parent company Palit, which itself has been known to slap more video RAM on a graphics card than the stock configuration calls for, Gainward today introduced its GeForce GTX 580 3072MB Phantom3.
According to Gainward, that superscript is supposed to denote the "Phantom power of 3," which refers to the use of three PWM cooling fans underneath the ginormous heatsink. These are flanked by six "Gainward Grand Prix Heatpipes," each one 6mm in size. Gainward claims you'll see up to 12C lower temps compared to a stock GTX 580 during 3D heavy tasks, and up to 54 percent less noise during standby.
Other specs look more familiar, including 512 CUDA cores, 783MHz GPU, 1566MHz shader, 4020MHz memory, 384-bit bus, DX11 support, dual-DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort.