Powerfur, but ONLY if you don't already own a different card
Kevin Meade, Amazon
22 November 2011
Summary: This card is powerful and other reviewers have provided feedback on that aspect of the card. So I am limiting my review to specific issues I had with this card. The #1 problem with this card is its size. You know how a regular GTX 480 is big right?
Summary: I have a 950 watt modular PSU, so its not my power supply. I reinstalled a fresh Windows 7 once I got my video card, so its not viruses.
Cons: Doesn't work. I get a "driver has recovered error" on startup, internet explorer, and League of Legends. I have tried all the instructions I can find. Using driver sweeper, driver cleaner, disabling the HD audio drivers, reinstalling etc etc. Not to mention I haven't heard anything back from Zota...
Summary: Make sure your PSU has one 8-pin connector and one 6-pin connector. Both are needed to power this beast.
Pros: I spent a lot of time comparing Nvidia cards, and although this one is about 1 year old, it outperforms the 560 Ti and even the 570. I can honestly say this is the best card I've owned and I would highly recommend it. I thrown BFBC2, AOC and two simultaneous Eve Online clients at it - all at max ...
Summary: had this card for two weeks and im currently playing arcania gothic 4 on it, which has very high end graphic details and the card just lags out on it. I expected for 300 to play a game that came out in 2010 with no problem but it struggles.
Pros: quiet, high end card with dx11! Dont have to pay $500 for a high end card with this baby!
Cons: Its still over $300 for a year old video card. How long before its outdated?
Summary: I have to be honest why anyone would buy a 580 when they can get a 480 for a couple hundred cheaper i dont know. The 480s when matched clock for clock are only about 5% slower unless you are rich or you just benchmark only there is absolutely no reason to drop another 200 for the 580.
Pros: The price is a great deal 300 bux for a fermi is great, and despite what some of the rumors the 480s are they are really good cards. I have 3 in SLi with water blocks, and i think they are great. 480s are actually a better card for GPGPU than 580s also.
Cons: Cooler to dang big IMO, (waterblocks for the win)
Summary: Very good card is hard to believe that this was $509 and now $309 that's a very good price drop, i went from a defective 570 gtx to this one and they perform quite the same, however this card has more video ram and i feel better having this card i will sli it later, one of the things i like the most...
Summary: Crysis at 1680x1050, DX10, all very high, averages 75FPS. Looks like nvidia's finally worked out the kinks in their WHQL drivers; DX10 performance is actually on par with DX9 framerates on this DX11 card.
Pros: Cooling, cooling, cooling. If you're looking through top-tier GPU's, you know that these graphics cards go from barbeque's to ovens; even with the stock GTX 480 cooling, which is supposedly much better than the standard sticker-griller of a heatsink, temps often rise past 80C under load. With Zot...
Cons: You'll have a world of trouble trying to SLI these beasts; the cooler on these cards takes up 3 expansion slots. I know that in my NZXT Lexa S, (bottom mounted PSU) a second card wouldn't fit, though that's really a non-issue with the performance this card offers.