ASUS GeForce GTX 580
The simple fact right up front here is that the GeForce GTX 580 avoids the pitfalls of the GF100 card release, such as high power consumption, high temperatures, and high noise levels we saw in those models. As such, the 580 could be seen to render the 480 obsolete since the performance is at least 10% better, and even more in several instances. Not only that, but the temperatures are far better and the new card consumes considerably less power as well. And for about $50 more than the 480, what’s not to love?
In terms of performance, we saw the ASUS GTX 580 soundly thrash the competition in just about every facet, clearly making the 580 the fastest single-GPU card on the market. In several game titles it not only beat the competition but utterly crushed them. It would seem the only card that can currently beat the 580 is a dual-GPU Radeon 5970, which costs considerably more.
The overclocking ability here is respectable but nothing spectacular without the voltage tweak. But when the voltage is pushed this ASUS card really flies, to the tune of about 19%. If you’ve got the cash, strap two of these in an SLI setup with a 3D monitor for some Nvidia 3D Vision fun and they’ll provide enough juice to push some great framerates. Or if Nvidia Surround is more your cup of tea, then dual 580’s in SLI will also be the way to go with a triple display setup. And I suppose if you drop a few of these onto a strong board mixed with some liquid nitrogen, you’ll probably find yourself breaking 3DMark records. The GTX 580 has that much horsepower.
In terms of value, however, top performance doesn’t come cheap. At $525 USD, the ASUS GTX 580 is expensive, but it is on par with competing manufacturer’s models. And the ability to boost the voltage is a very enticing proposition for consumers who want the top dog in the kennel. Of course, two GTX 460’s in SLI offer a very compelling alternative to the 580, but if you want a single card setup, then look no further than this impressive behemoth.
The ASUS GTX 580 brings outstanding gaming performance to those who want the very best. With killer framerates, great temperatures, and lower power consumption, this is a truly impressive graphics card.
ASUS GeForce GTX 580