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Four Overclocked GeForce GTX 580 Cards, Rounded Up

Four Overclocked GeForce GTX 580 Cards, Rounded Up
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Today we put four factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 580 cards to the test: Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 580 Super Overclock, MSI’s N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC, Calibre’s X580 Captain, and Zotac’s GeForce GTX 580 AMP²! Edition. Which one is worth its premium price?

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 is currently the fastest graphics card based on a single GPU. If you want more performance than what it can do, you need to look at a dual-GPU board or a pair of cards in CrossFire or SLI (and if you don't know what the card is capable of, check out GeForce GTX 580 And GF110: The Way Nvidia Meant It To Be Played).

As we've come to expect, there are board partners who deviate from the company's specification in one way or another in the interest of differentiation. Some employ overclocks straight from the factory, others implement custom cooling solutions, and nearly all try to offer unique features to set their products apart from the pack.

Today we're rounding up four premium GeForce GTX 580s, all of which arrive overclocked, and comparing them to a reference GeForce GTX 580. Our contenders include Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 580 Super Overclock, MSI’s N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC, Calibre's X580 Captain, and Zotac’s GeForce GTX 580 AMP²! Edition.


Reference
GeForce GTX 580
Gigabyte GeForce GTX
580 Super Overclock
MSI N580GTX
Twin Frozr II/OC
Calibre
X580 Captain
Zotac GeForce
GTX 580 AMP²!
Graphics
Clock
772 MHz855 MHz
800 MHz
822 MHz
815 MHz
Shader
Clock
1544 MHz1710 MHz1600 MHz
1644 MHz
1630 MHz
Memory
Clock
1002 MHz1025 MHz1024 MHz
1008 MHz
1025 MHz
GDDR5
Memory
1536 MB
1536 MB1536 MB1536 MB
(3072 MB version expected soon)
3072 MB
Cooler
Reference
Windforce 3x
Twin Frozr II
Reference
Zalman VF3000
Size
11" x 5" x 1.8"11.4" x 5.7" x 1.8"11" x 5.2" x 1.8"
11" x 5" x 1.8"11" x 5.3" x 2.5"
Connectors
2 x DL-DVI,
1 x mini-HDMI
2 x DL-DVI,
1 x mini-HDMI
2 x DL-DVI,
1 x mini-HDMI
2 x DL-DVI,
  3x MiniDP
2 x DL-DVI,
1 x mini-HDMI
Form Factor
Dual-slotDual-slotDual-slotDual-slot
Triple-Slot
Price
$480 (Newegg)
$535 (Newegg)
$499 (Newegg)
$649 MSRP
(1536 MB version)
$549 (Newegg)


As mentioned, all of these cards sport factory overclocks of varying degrees. But there are some unique features in the bunch, too. Let’s take a closer look at each unique spin on Nvidia’s design.

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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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