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[TPU] NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 [now w/SLI!] Preliminary Review

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Enter the GeForce GTX 580. If two weeks ago somebody told us that today NVIDIA would be hard-launching a new high-end graphics processor under a new product family (the GeForce GTX 500 series), we'd have laughed out loud. We were too busy looking in AMD's direction for its new high-end GPU in the works, which is still nowhere in the horizon. It's that freaky moment in which you're slowly treading your way in a fairly linear horror FPS game, and turn around to find a monster breathing down on you. If the fact that NVIDIA was working on releasing a new high-end successor to the Fermi based GTX 480 today wasn't surprise enough, the fact the GeForce GTX 580 is claimed by NVIDIA to be the "best" GPU, and not just the fastest, certainly is. The GeForce GTX 480 gave us more than satisfactory performance, but was a bit of a let down on the thermals, and power consumption fronts. The claim that NVIDIA made the GeForce GTX 580 to outperform the GTX 480 and have better thermals and lower power draw certainly raises some eyebrows, because NVIDIA is building the GF110 GPU on a TSMC 40 nm process, just like the existing GF100 "Fermi".
NOTE: This is a PRELIMINARY REVIEW. The page is stamped with Preliminary all over the place!


Quick summary:
1) It will be $499
2) It consumes less power than a 480, more than a 5970
3) Quieter than the 5xxx/GTX 4xx line/GTX280
4) Beats the 5970 in a half the games tested, loses in the other half

Single Card Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/N...GTX_580/1.html

SLI Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/N...580_SLI/1.html
Edited by r34p3rex - 11/8/10 at 3:26pm
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post #2 of 249
Nice, was just reading this

EDIT: to those who tldr, this is is GF110, it's 200M fewer transistors vs GF100.

EDIT2: also inbetween HD5970 and GTX480 performance, mostly at higher res.

EDIT3: though faster at low resolutions.
Edited by ablearcher - 11/8/10 at 2:35pm
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Ohhhhh....nice.

Now I have something to ask for Xmas for .
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Reading now. Nvidia has always made schmexy kewlarz and board layouts.

Lol at first I was like:

then I wuz like, oh, 1024x768.

Honestly, looking at the results, it seems like the 580 is only filling the gap between teh 480 and 5970. ???? Are they somehow planning on making a dual gpu of the 580? Looking at its average consumption it doesn't look like it.

However it does look like it trades blows in dx11 games....sometimes. Quite impress. to be honest. Other games, not so much. It feels like the difference between the 470 and 6870. Wonder what the sli performance is like.
Edited by Domino - 11/8/10 at 2:37pm
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i don't like it. I expected about 20% more than what is seems to be.

meh not for $500


Edited by Gallien - 11/8/10 at 2:41pm
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Now lets see what ATI have to offer in the 69xx before jumping around.
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In order to stay within the 300 W power limit, NVIDIA has added a power draw limitation system to their card. When either Furmark or OCCT are detected running by the driver, three sensors measure the inrush current and voltage on all 12 V lines (PCI-E slot, 6-pin, 8-pin) to calculate power. As soon as the power draw exceeds a predefined limit, the card will automatically clock down and restore clocks as soon as the overcurrent situation has gone away.
Some1 make a new Heatmaking software! quick!
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Some1 make a new Heatmaking software! quick!
Won't work. They use a hardware limiter, like ATi has done for the HD5000 series (though the ATi is built in on the ASIC, the nVidia one is on the PCB... hardware modding seems possible, now ).
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Nice Card, but this is what Nvidia should have done in oct/nov 2009.

GeForce GTX 480 (480s) - 700 MHz/924 MHz
GeForce GTX 580 (512s) - 772 MHz/1002 MHz

Clock for clock 8-10% better than 480?
Edited by traktor - 11/8/10 at 2:45pm
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