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Zotac GeForce GTX 580 AMP²! Edition

Four Overclocked GeForce GTX 580 Cards, Rounded Up
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We already tested Zotac’s GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition, and to the casual observer, the GTX 580 AMP²! looks no different. They’re both equipped with Zalman’s excellent VF3000 GPU cooler and sport the same orange fan and black shroud color scheme. But looks can be deceiving; not only does the new AMP²! card host a GF110 GPU (rather than the ill-fated GF100), but it also hosts two times more GDDR5 memory: 3072 MB instead of the standard 1536 MB. The card also features a respectable overclock, with a core running at 815 and memory at 1025 MHz.

The Zalman VF3000N graphics card cooler is still the large and effective unit we remember it to be, with dual 92 mm axial fans and five 6 mm copper heat pipes pulling heat from the large copper base. Because of the cooler’s rotund dimensions, the card measures  11" x 5.3" x 2.5" and is too thick to fit in a dual-slot space. Anyone planning on an SLI configuration employing these three-gig/three-slot monsters will need a motherboard capable of accommodating their size.

The AMP²! bundle includes a HDMI mini-to-HDMI adapter, a Molex-to-six-pin PCIe power cable, a six-pin-to-eight-pin PCIe power cable, a DVI-to-VGA adapter, a driver CD, a manual, the Zotac Boost Premium software bundle, and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. It’s nice to see a game included with at least one of these overclocked cards.

Zotac provides a two-year standard warranty, and a limited lifetime warranty to customers who register their cards within 14 days of purchase (and can show off their receipt).

Similar to the reference model and most of its competitors, the GeForce GTX 580 AMP²! is equipped with two dual-link DVI outputs and a single HDMI mini output.

The card is currently available for $549 on Newegg, which is about $70 more than most reference-clocked GeForce GTX 580 cards.

Overclocking

Zotac includes its Firestorm overclocking utility with the AMP²!, but this is a somewhat Spartan program that doesn’t offer any voltage adjustment. We therefore chose to rely on MSI’s Afterburner utility.

With GPU voltage raised to 1.15 V from the stock 1.03, and the fans set to their highest speed, the AMP²! is able to run a best-in-class 1020 MHz GPU frequency and 1150 MHz memory clock in the FurMark stress test. Although this is the only 1 GHz+ core overclock in our round-up, FurMark's shortcoming as a torture test forces us to lower our targets to 950/1125 MHz for stability’s sake in the Crysis 2 benchmark.

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    kikireeki , August 4, 2011 12:26 PM
    Conclusion: A high-end overclocked gpu is a waste of money.
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    Hupiscratch , August 4, 2011 4:28 AM
    Great article. Some ASUS boards would be nice on a next round up. And also that MARS card, with two GTX 580 in one board.
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    mayankleoboy1 , August 4, 2011 4:32 AM
    +1 to include a ASUS DCII card.
    reason for MSI's faster performance : faster memory?
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    whysobluepandabear , August 4, 2011 4:56 AM
    The Zotac AMP card looks like it was designed with 1939 Germany in mind.



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    asmodyus , August 4, 2011 5:05 AM
    What I don't understand is why you did not use the MSI lighting Extreme with an 832 core clock it would be a better contender in your shoot out here than the twin razor since your using the Zotac 3GB version. Does not really make since when you think of overclocked GTX 580 to leave that card out.
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    hardcore_gamer , August 4, 2011 7:08 AM
    Two GTX570s cost only $580. It is a way better option than an overclocked GTX580 imo.
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    Anonymous , August 4, 2011 12:08 PM
    more memory is very handy for gpu based renderer like Mentalray's iray of Chaos group vray RT and it may be better chose over many nvidia quadro card.
  • 12 Hide
    kikireeki , August 4, 2011 12:26 PM
    Conclusion: A high-end overclocked gpu is a waste of money.
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    verbalizer , August 4, 2011 1:07 PM
    +2 for the ASUS DC cards, they should have had one of those models in the line-up.
    though there is a triple slot 580 from ASUS that should also be included.
    with all the talk on how the 590 is the 'flagship' card or the 'meat and potatoes',
    it's the 580 that really brings home the bacon..
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    christop , August 4, 2011 3:55 PM
    Nice review..
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    TyphX , August 4, 2011 4:01 PM
    what do they do with the sample cards after this?
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    Graham_71 , August 4, 2011 7:32 PM
    TyphXwhat do they do with the sample cards after this?

    Giv'em to little old lady's for the coming winter !
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    verrul , August 4, 2011 7:52 PM
    they return them. Anyone else want to see a sparkle 590 vs 6870 in triple screen performance
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    verrul , August 4, 2011 7:53 PM
    er 580 not 590
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    verrul , August 4, 2011 7:57 PM
    well would need 6970 x2 card but even then would be cheaper
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    clonazepam , August 4, 2011 9:27 PM
    Nice article. Maybe you'll get to play with PNY's new GTX 580 soon. Apparently they copied the corsair H50 idea and applied it to a GTX 580. Yep, a closed loop water-cooling setup on a 580. They boast some impressive overclocks. I wouldn't know where to mount the damned thing as I already have a H50. They also have another model that includes a block for the CPU as well. I'd hate to cool a cpu and a gpu with a single 120mm radiator, but that's what they offer. :S
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    carlhenry , August 5, 2011 12:26 AM
    zotac looks wicked as always. i'll buy that for the looks alone, the performance/price balance makes it a hell lot sweeter :D 
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    clonazepam , August 5, 2011 12:41 AM
    carlhenryzotac looks wicked as always. i'll buy that for the looks alone, the performance/price balance makes it a hell lot sweeter


    I wish Asus ROG 580 wasn't 3 slots =/

    With a 3 slot video card, does that pretty much rule out 3-way sli?
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    verbalizer , August 5, 2011 1:10 AM
    Quote:
    I wish Asus ROG 580 wasn't 3 slots =/

    With a 3 slot video card, does that pretty much rule out 3-way sli?

    man that's gonna be hard...
    I do not think that it can be done, not even on this board..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188092
    so I say it does rule 3-way out, FOR NOW..:D 
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    JamesSneed , August 5, 2011 1:40 AM
    Poor Sparkle. They have the loudest cooler with the lowest power draw.
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    drencamren , August 5, 2011 5:33 AM
    But clearly, the MSI N580GTX was the strongest card in this round up. Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA GTX 580 did well in all the tests.
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