Here is the NVIDIA GTX 580 card and what you should know.
At the end of 2009, AMD jumped to the lead with its 58XX series, delivering true DX11 performance while NVIDIA was left floundering. It is struggling to get the Fermi chip at the heart of its GTX 480 cards to work. It took another six months before Fermi finally arrived, but it wasn’t decisive enough to wrench the lead back from ATI. However, as 2010 came to a close, Fermi finally came well, with the revised version known as GF110 GPU landing in this GTX 580 video card.
This new improved Fermi should deliver significantly faster performance. With more stream processors, a faster core and shader clock, a faster memory and a whopping three billion transistors, there is no doubt on it. But NVIDIA has taken a close look at the thermal issues that plagued the GTX 480, with a couple of innovative solutions.
As with the GTX 570, an entirely new heat sink offers excellent cooling without sounding like a hive of hung-over wasps. The thermal tinkering has extended to the silicon level, with a range of new techniques helping to keep the overall temperature lower. As a result, the GTX 580 isn’t nearly as loud as the GTX 480, but it’s not exactly silent either. So, expect a moderate noise level to be heard just above the rest of your case’s components.
However, how does the new Fermi perform? As a matter of fact, the GTX 580 came second only to the ridiculously expensive, dual GPU ARES card. When compared to AMD’s fastest single GPU solution, the 6970. Even if there’s no competition, the GTX 580 outclassed it in all of our tests.
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