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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 15:05

Geforce GTX 580 review is here - 8. Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados



Review: Fastest single GPU around, quiet too

Conclusion


Nvidia has improved a lot of things with this so-called new chip. The Geforce GTX 580 is the fastest single GPU card that we have tested so far. The cooler is improved compared to GTX 480; the card is definitely not as hot as before and you can see that average gaming improvement over the GTX 480 is some 20 percent. It can jump to 30 percent but only in a few specific usage scenarios.

Tessellation runs fine, but the lack of games with proper support is really spoiling the fun. However, make no mistake - this card is definitely a great solution when it comes to tessellation. AMD's Cayman is the riddle that we still haven’t solved and this is the only ATI chip that might counter this DirectX 11 single GPU in the high end.

Still, bear in mind that dual GF110 based cards should come out and be even faster. Also, the Antilles, a.k.a. Radeon HD 6990 dual cards should also end up faster. Both of them are scheduled for launch this year and traditionally should cost at least €100 or $100 more than single GPU cards. Unfortunately, pricing is something you can never claim with certainty. Of course, two chips of that magnitude will end up very hot.

With an average selling price of €439 and listings going all the way to €499, we cannot say it’s really a bargain. The US version is listed for $559.99 which sounds like a lot.

It’s well worth noting that the card ends up faster than even a dual chip Radeon HD 5970 card, but it also loses in at least a few tests especially at 2560x1600 and some DirectX 11 games. It obviously leaves the Radeon HD 5870 in the dust, and there’s no doubt it’s a much faster card.

Power consumption is slightly better than GTX 480 but it is still pretty high. It is not as hot as the GTX 480 and it’s also quieter, which can’t be ignored.

Overall the card is the fastest single GPU card available. This will be the case until Radeon HD 6970, a.k.a. Cayman single GPU card is here. Of course, there are no guaranties that this card will be out on time, or that it will beat the GTX 580.

Overall feeling is that this is Fermi done right, unfortunately a year later than it was supposed to appear. If you are after a single GPU card, you don’t care much about your power bill and you can afford it, there’s no reason to overlook the Geforce GTX 580.

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+4 #1 hellfire 2010-11-09 15:23
they've done their homework. Its actually a Fermi we were waiting for in autumn of 2009. Still even a year later its kickin
 
 
+7 #2 nele 2010-11-09 15:32
Hey, this is pretty good for a card Fudo made up...
 
 
+2 #3 Wolfdale 2010-11-09 15:36
Quote:
Nvidia introduced a new cooling solution to reference high end graphics cooling


right..
its new to nvidia yes,
sapphire has been using it for several years,
its just that nvidia never wanted to believe that their coolers were NOT perfect for the card (hence the fermi fail)
 
 
+4 #4 nele 2010-11-09 15:42
Quoting Wolfdale:
Quote:
Nvidia introduced a new cooling solution to reference high end graphics cooling


right..
its new to nvidia yes,
sapphire has been using it for several years,
its just that nvidia never wanted to believe that their coolers were NOT perfect for the card (hence the fermi fail)


If you bothered to read the whole damn thing you'd realize we were talking about reference cards...
 
 
+8 #5 Jermelescu 2010-11-09 15:57
Indeed, nice job, even compared to 5970; but, before nvidia's fanboys get hyped up... when was 5970 released?
I'll wait until AMD releases 6970 & 6990 to compare benchmarks and prices.
Nevertheless, ladies and gentlemen: THE COMPETITION IS ON!
 
 
+15 #6 nele 2010-11-09 16:01
Speaking of competition...

The HD 5970 just got a massive price cut... €389, down from €500...

Capitalism at its best
 
 
+2 #7 Steve-O 2010-11-09 16:03
Quoting Jermelescu:
Indeed, nice job, even compared to 5970; but, before nvidia's fanboys get hyped up... when was 5970 released?
I'll wait until AMD releases 6970 & 6990 to compare benchmarks and prices.
Nevertheless, ladies and gentlemen: THE COMPETITION IS ON!


As well, one can buy a 5970 on newegg for 499 (not including 30$ MiR, but those are junk), and GTX 580's are running around 550-580$ (not including 10% off rebate).

Have yet to see any results that compared 6870's in crossfire yet though.
 
 
+4 #8 thomasg 2010-11-09 16:04
Yes, in the end the ones that win are the consumers!
 
 
+5 #9 NickThePrick 2010-11-09 16:10
Nvidia really pulled this one outta nowhere. Not a bad effort, cant wait for Cayman and a possible price war.
Its just bad that they needed a kicking from ATI before they got their act back together. Lets hope Jensen learned something out of it.
 
 
+7 #10 thematrix606 2010-11-09 16:14
It's faster, but too expensive. STILL not worth it.
 

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