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PNY GTX 580 XLR8

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Posted November 17, 2010 by Jake in Video Cards

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Introduction

After the launch of the GF100 that’s found on the GeForce GTX 480, 470, and 465 cards, it became apparent that some changes were necessary in order to not only streamline the architecture but also improve upon some of the issues that became apparent; namely, its size and heat output. The GTX 460 resulted, providing significant performance at power draws and temperatures that were very reasonable.

But the GTX 460 isn’t a flagship gaming card, and with AMD’s Radeon 6000 series flagship cards on the horizon, Nvidia had to counter this and continue their success with a new lineup. We really didn’t expect the 500 series to come so soon, and in fact the GeForce GTX 580 caught most people by surprise. Nonetheless, the 580 is upon us as Nvidia’s latest premium flagship gaming graphics card.

Today we’re looking at the PNY GTX 580 XLR8, which is based on the reference Nvidia design. The XLR8 series is part of a new family of gaming products from PNY, and is targeted to consumers looking to maximize their gaming performance.

Promising improved performance and lower temperatures, the GTX 580 looks to be impressive on paper. But real gaming tests are where reputations are made or broken. So let’s jump in and take a closer look at the PNY GTX 580 XLR8 and find out if it’s the fastest horse in the stable.

PNY Electronics Inc. originated out of Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1985 as a company that bought and sold memory chips. To emphasize its expansion into manufacturing new forms of memory and complementary products, the company changed its name in 1997 to PNY Technologies®, Inc. The company continues to evolve by delivering a full spectrum of high-quality products to elevate the overall computing experience. Today PNY Technologies® Inc. is considered a leading manufacturer and supplier of memory upgrade modules, high capacity flash memory cards, USB flash drives, portable hard drives as well as consumer and professional workstation graphics cards.

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