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Palit, Gainward Packs GTX 580 Cards with 3 GB

Tech Connect reports that both Gainward and parent company Palit Microsystems have announced GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards with 3 GB of GDDR5 memory each.

According to the report, the Gainward offering sports the Phantom brand and a custom cooler with three 80-mm PWM fans, six heatpipes, a copper base and 44 aluminum fans. The Palit card also comes with a custom cooler, however it only utilizes two fans.

Out of the two, Gainward's GTX 580 Phantom looks more like a miniature radiator (seen right). However beyond that, the card itself features the typical GTX 580 setup including 512 CUDA cores, a core clock of 783 MHz, a shader clock of 1566 MHz, a memory clock of 4020 MHz, a 364-bit memory interface and DirectX 11 support. There's also dual DVI ports, HDMI and DisplayPort connections. The card follows Gainward's previous GeForce GTX 570 Phantom card with 1280 MB of memory, and the GeForce GTX 580 GOOD with 1536 MB of memory.

As for the new Palit GeForce GTX 580 graphics card, it appears to simply double the memory found on Palit's previous 1536 MB version. Like the Gainward version, the card offers the same GTX 580 basics including 512 CUDA cores, a core clock of 783 MHz, a shader clock of 1566 MHz, a memory clock of 4020 MHz and so on.

"Top notch performances with nice design, the dual-fan cooler design of Palit GTX 580 emits the heat more effectively but remains the noise level under control at the same time," the company said in regards to the previous 1 GB model. "Palit GTX 580 provides exceedingly quiet environment in idle but also generates less temperature when it's under heavy loading during gameplay."

Currently it's unknown when the new Palit and Gainward cards will be available. Pricing was also not provided, so stay tuned-- we should see something official any day now.

  • Lutfij
    :) count me in with the gainward card...prices anyone!?!?!
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  • davewolfgang
    Insane. $800+????
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  • dan117
    memory OVERKILL 9000
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  • ctbaars
    How will going from 1.5GB to 3GB effect game play?
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  • husker
    ctbaarsHow will going from 1.5GB to 3GB effect game play?You will have less money to spend on games.
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  • rmmil978
    ctbaarsHow will going from 1.5GB to 3GB effect game play?
    Will only show any gains if you are doing multi-monitor high resolution heavy AA etc. That's what these cards were built for (note the Display port on the cards).
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  • Usersname
    the point of 3GB being?
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  • tpi2007
    usersnamethe point of 3GB being?
    Due to the architecture of the card, they couldn't go to 2GB, like the HD 6950/70. 2GB would be enough for now, but as it is, they had to double the memory to 3GB. Hey, you might be able to take advatage of that in heavy multimonitor gameplay, or in regular play in 2 years (when high end gpu's will probably come with 3GB; it will be a mainstream card by then, but still pretty usable)
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  • stingstang
    rmmil978Will only show any gains if you are doing multi-monitor high resolution heavy AA etc. That's what these cards were built for (note the Display port on the cards).Did you see the new charts comparing the GTX 560Ti? There was no visible correlation between 1GB vs. 2GB memory amounts even in highest resolutions with AA turned on. This product is for bragging rights only. Just like intel's 1000 dollar Extreme chips. No noticeable performance gains, but many people still buy them.
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  • scook9
    stingstangDid you see the new charts comparing the GTX 560Ti? There was no visible correlation between 1GB vs. 2GB memory amounts even in highest resolutions with AA turned on. This product is for bragging rights only. Just like intel's 1000 dollar Extreme chips. No noticeable performance gains, but many people still buy them.As for the extreme chips.....they have unlocked multipliers necessary for the highest overclocks and also are binned to get further on less voltage. They have a higher coded and unlockable TDP allowing for even further overclocking

    You are a retard if you run an extreme chip at stock speeds
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