Conclusion: Nvidia's new top-tier video card, the GeForce GTX 580, is the first to take full advantage of the Fermi architecture's capabilities—and it was well worth waiting for.
Pros: Equivalent or better performance compared to leading dual-GPU video card. Outstanding tessellation and DirectX 11 capabilities. Better managing noise and power.
Cons: Expensive. Won't fit in smaller cases. Requires two expansion slots, hefty power supply. New features make it difficult to discern actual power usage or temperature characteristics in certain apps.
Excerpt: Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 Video Card Review NVIDIA Today NVIDIA launches their new flagship graphics product, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580. This is NVIDIA's highest performing part to date, and the current fastest single GPU graphics card in the world. Designed to provide the ultimate performance in current and next generation of DirectX 11 titles, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 also addresses some of the issues seen with their first Fermi-architecture consumer graphics card, the...
Conclusion: But if we were to choose one card from this trio as our next upgrade, it would have to be Gigabyte's N580UD. Yes, in every benchmark we ran, it was a tad slower than the MSI and Zotac models. So why does it get the nod? Well, the gaming performance disparity between the cards was negligible in most cases (1 to 3 FPS). And at $504, Gigabyte's card is the least expensive out of the three we looked at, almost matching the current price for stock GTX 580's.
Conclusion: Something happened to the Fermi architecture between the time it premiered as GF100 and when it began to really turn heads as GF104: the ratio of shaders and texture units was perfected. The original GF100 GPU placed too much emphasis on tessellation, and not enough on overall graphical performance. As a result of finding the right balance, the GF104 graphics processor on the GeForce GTX 460 became an overnight sensation for gamers.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Fastest single-unit DX11 graphics accelerator available, Matches performance with dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970, Outstanding performance for ultra high-end games, Much lower power consumption vs GTX 480, Reduced heat output and cooling fan noise, Fan exhausts all heated air outside of case, Includes native HDMI audio/video output, Adds 32x CSAA post-processing detail, Supports triple-SLI functionality, Adds Error Correcting Code (ECC)
Cons: Very expensive premium-level product, Outperformed by overclocked GTX 460's in SLI, Outperformed by CrossFire Radeon HD 6870's
Excerpt: Even before the GF100 GPU-based GeForce GTX 480 officially arrived, a myriad of news reports and rumors swirled claiming the cards would be hot, loud, and consume a lot of power, not to mention, be late to market. Unfortunately for NVIDIA, in the end, all of those things ended up being true to some degree.
Pros: Excellent Performance, Quieter Than GTX 480, Lower-Power Than GTX 480, PhysX, 3D Vision, CUDA Support, Arrives At Same Price As The GTX 480 (hopefully)
Cons: Still Uses A Lot Of Power, Doesn't Beat The 5970, Relatively Hot Running
Natural Born Winner: Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 Review
21 November 2010
Summary: The DirectX 11 GeForce GTX 480 that was seriously late for the battle failed to become a winner. But today Nvidia has a much stronger candidate for the crown. Please meet GeForce GTX 580!
Pros: Best performance in its class;, Can compete successfully against Radeon HD 5970;, High performance with enabled tessellation;, Wide range of supported FSAA modes;, Minimal effect of FSAA on performance;, Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding;, High-quality HD video post-processing with scalability;, Supports Nvidia’s exclusive PhysX and 3D Vision technologies in selected games;, Wide range of GPGPU applications developed exclusively for Nvidia CUDA;, Low noise;, Hi...
Scan 3XS OC PC system review. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 SLI graphics
19 November 2010
Conclusion: Stupendous gaming performance Quality build Online configurator provides almost limitless choice Relatively quiet for a truly high-end rig CPU cooler is found wanting Being picky, no overclocking on the GPUs The Scan 3XS SLI 580 OC PC is available to purchase from SCAN.co.uk* at this link . At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles.
Summary: The new GeForce GTX 580 is indeed the fastest NVIDIA GPU ever released. It was between 31% and 36% faster on 3DMark Vantage and between 5% and 20% faster on games than its predecessor, the GeForce GTX 480.
However, it may not the fastest video card around. The Radeon HD 5970 was up to 19% faster than the GeForce GTX 580 in most games and simulations we ran.