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Im getting 2 GTX 580s in about a week to replace my 2 5870s and had a few questions about overclocking them. I know the 580 produces a good amount of heat, and was wondering, how much could i stabily and safely overclock them? And, would the excess heat be a concern? Would i need to liquid cool them or should i be fine?
    
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Starting off it sounds like u know nothing about a GTX 580. My GTX 580 pretty much runs at the same temps as my GTX 460. 35c Idle and about 60-65c load. Not sure about OCing potential cause I believe mine does not support Voltage Control. Sorry for being so blunt.
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Originally Posted by CDub07;12143377 
Starting off it sounds like u know nothing about a GTX 580. My GTX 580 pretty much runs at the same temps as my GTX 460. 35c Idle and about 60-65c load. Not sure about OCing potential cause I believe mine does not support Voltage Control. Sorry for being so blunt.

well ur right, i do know nothing about the 580, ive been with ATI for years and decided to make the transition to nvidia for a number of reasons.
    
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if u have good quality of 580 u can easily oc more than 900mhz u probably have to increase the fan speed but i wont recommend u to do it , my card stay with 850mhz and idle temperature around 36 which consider to be pretty safe range to oc with it
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Liquid cooling is for people who overvolt their cards. If you don't, aftermarket fans are fine.
    
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Even with the reference design you can easily keep temps reasonable at under 70c on 75% fan speed @1.1v

I prefer silence with my computing(well a gentle hum) and so of course went with WB which did net me 50Mhz and temps that never go over 50c.

EVGAs are only 499 at newegg I would grab them quick.
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gtx580 dont run as hot as thier predecessor and id have to say gets as hot as one of your 5870s on load.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CDub07;12143377 
Not sure about OCing potential cause I believe mine does not support Voltage Control. Sorry for being so blunt.

Use MSI Afterburner if to adjust voltages.



OP, the 580 overclocks pretty well. I run my core up to 915 on 1.1v and it only gets in the 70's in 1 or 2 games, usually around 62*. Best thing to do, if you don't wanna with the sound (which can get loud at max speed) is to use a custom fan profile on the card, that way you never hear it because the only time the fan becomes audible is when your in a game, which unless is muted will be louder then the fan.

Running SLI might increase there heat a little, but I'm sure you'll be fine. If you want to really push it I see you've got a loop already, so if you can simply just slap on some blocks and make no other changes, then that gives you an option for the future. Right now, I don't think you'll really need 2 extremely overclocked 580's for any games yet, but down the line you can always switch to water if you want to push them hard.

Oh yea, and If I were you I'd by Evga versions. Wouldn't worry about getting the superclocks, but with in case you don't know, Evga offers you 90 days from the purchase date to "step up" to a different card. So, if you go with Evga, maybe in the next few months when you think about putting the card underwater, the 595 may come out and you can upgrade to 2 of those for just the difference between your purchase price and Evga's price. Would be awesome to step up from Duel SLI to Quad SLI.biggrin.gif
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I got mine from Cutting Edge Gamer so I think they had voltage control removed to cut out some one frying a card and they having to replace it.
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IMO, I would wait for the GTX-595 which should be out in about a month (or so I've heard).

I'm in the same boat as far as GPU upgrade. I've had my GTX-295 since May 2009 and it's flawless but before I pull the trigger on Quad GTX-580s, I might just get 2 GTX-595 which is Quad-SLI anyway; it'll probably have more VRAM anyway! biggrin.gif
     
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