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Friday, 26 November 2010 13:20

Point of View / TGT GTX 580 Ultra Charged tested

Written by Sanjin Rados


Review: Factory overclocked to 841MHz

Factory overclocked GTX 580 cards are on the rise but many Nvidia partners still haven’t launched their fastest cards. Point of View / TGT announced the GTX 580 Ultra Charged, which is our today’s guest, but we must admit we’re still anxious to see the faster, Beast Edition. Although GTX 580 gave Nvidia the single-GPU graphics throne, the fight is far from over, especially since AMD plans its single-GPU, Cayman-based HD 6970 for the next month.

GTX 580 Ultra Charged is factory overclocked to 841MHz for the GPU and 1026MHz (effectively 4104MHz) for the memory. In comparison, reference GTX 580 cards run at 772MHz while the shaders run at twice that - 1544MHz. The reference clock for the 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory is 1002MHz and the memory is paired up with a 384-bit bus.


Geforce GTX 580 is based on a “new” and  improved GF100 (GTX 480) chip that now bears the GF110 moniker and it has 512 shaders and all eight clusters turned on, the same number that was possible on a fully enabled GF100 chip.

Point of View / TGT chose to stick with reference cooling for their GTX 580 Ultra Charged, but as you already know this cooler comes with the quite popular vapor chamber. Unlike the GTX 480, the new Nvidia card is much better when it comes to thermals and noise. The TDP is somewhat lower compared to the GTX 480 as the chip was slightly tweaked and the board has better power management. The novelty here is the clock speed throttling logic which reduces clock speeds when an extremely demanding 3D application such as Furmark or OCCT is run. Additionally, the power current regulation circuits regulate the speed of the fan with more precision than before.


With an average selling price of €440 for the cards based on reference speed and listings going all the way to €499, we cannot say it’s really a bargain. GTX 580 Ultra Charged clocks are pretty high compared to the reference ones but so is the price – it’s priced at €520. However, you should know that Point of View / TGT sweetened this deal with a gift game - Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

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+3 #1 function69 2010-11-26 15:08
Nice to know that GTX 580 packs a decent overclocking potential. TGT's factory overclock is also impressive considering typical 10-20 Mhz range for most partners.
+3 #2 leftiszi 2010-11-26 15:17
No Prince of Persia this time?

+1 #3 twistedneck 2010-11-26 16:17
These are nice, but where can we get one in the US? We are stuck with EVGA superclock and thats only 797MHz for the stock cooler.

I'm sure MSI will have a lightning card to try and top it but thats a ways off.
+1 #4 rotingCORPSE 2010-11-26 19:02
Quoting twistedneck:
These are nice, but where can we get one in the US? We are stuck with EVGA superclock and thats only 797MHz for the stock cooler.

I'm sure MSI will have a lightning card to try and top it but thats a ways off.

pretty sure you can get them through some online retailers or something
+6 #5 thaad 2010-11-26 19:21
The performance is impress.. but need see HD6970 first..... :lol:

Power consumption???????

€525 = 694.915 USD = 2,192.57 MYR :-?
with these price,.. i can get 3xHD6870..
+6 #6 Nerdmaster 2010-11-26 20:20
They should have included 6870 crossfire which is 10% faster than 5970 using the same power. 6870 crossfire is as fast as an 580 overclocked in most cases but costing 150$ less - 200$.
+2 #7 Nerdmaster 2010-11-26 20:26
Having said that, it might be wise to wait until the second half of December when Radeon 6900 series hits the shelves, if for nothing else then for the price adjustments.

Or you can wait because 6970 might be 10-15% faster than 580 for 400$. (These are the current rumors, seems we will know for sure next week.)
+3 #8 DJDestiny 2010-11-27 17:18
Temperatures ? Very interested in that .
I'm Definite the 5970 is cooler at even a lower fan speed . Because the 5970 is damn quiet for its temperature .

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