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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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by Jake
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The launch of 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 more in several instances. Not only that, but the temperatures are far better as well. And for about $50 more than the 480, what’s not to love?

In terms of performance, we saw the PNY GTX 560 XLR8 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, though the impressive horsepower already displayed by the GTX 580 makes it a bit of a moot point really. 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. That is a very enticing proposition. 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.

This new design a huge improvement from what we saw in the GF100 launch, the PNY GTX 580 XLR8 brings outstanding gaming performance to those who want the very best. With killer framerates, great temperatures, and lower noise levels, that is an extremely impressive combination.

PNY GTX 580 XLR8

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