I would take the Zotac over the EVGA in this case for one thing only... better cooler on the Zotac. The Zotac is using the Zalman VF3000 cooler on it versus the EVGA which is still using the ever so noisy and inefficient reference blower on it.
Try and look up the performance of the VF3000 to believe. If there is one EVGA card I would get in the 580 variant it would be this:
Try and also check out the Gigabyte windforce which has three fans on the cooler, it's at par or even better than the lightning series from MSI. Not sure if these two come in the 3GB model though.
My favorite though would probably be the Phantom model from gainward. It also comes in the 3GB model and in the last test of 580's the phantom was the best cooler they've tested out of the lot (OC'd pretty well too with that specific cooler). Plus it looks very pretty!
http://www.tcmagazine.com/tcm/news/h...tx-580-phantomEdited by mark_thaddeus - 5/10/11 at 8:26am