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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:47

Gainward GTX 580 3GB Phantom tested - 2. A closer look at GTX 580 3GB Phantom

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: Running cool and armed with 3GB

Gainward GTX 580 3GB Phantom looks great, but more importantly – the graphics card sports quiet cooling, whose performance is good enough to cool down the fastest GPU up to date, GTX 580 (GF110). At first glance one may suggest that the Phantom is passively cooled, but one would of course be wrong. Three 80mm fans are placed under the heatsink and are barely visible from the outside.

 GTX_580_phantom-box-front_2

A large aluminum heatsink in a black plastic frame covers the entire card, and the hefty dissipating surface helps to provide good cooling performance. However, placing fans between the heatsink and the cooler’s base does introduce one disadvantage - the card is 2.5 slots wide. We can’t really pick hairs though, as the cooler does its job really good and it remains quiet all the time. The card is 10.5 inches (267 mm) long, same as the reference card.

A six-heatpipe system is used to take care of heat transfer between the cooler base and the heatsink. As you can see from the picture below, some heatpipes stretch to the farthest end of the heatsink.

phantom-strong

As we mentioned before, Phantom’s cooler is equipped with three fans but there are only two 4-pin power connectors on the PCB.

phantom-pinhead

Two fans share the same 4-pin power connector, whereas the third fan is connected on its own connector. However, this is not as important because the driver will take care of setting the same RPM for all fans. Setting the RPM manually is a breeze using Gainward’s ExperTool or any other popular utility like MSI Afterburner.

The next picture shows how cable routing was implemented.

phantom-cable-routing

The heatsink features clean design without sharp edges. The welds between heatpipes and aluminum fins were done well.

Pulling cold air through the heatsink is the main task for the three fans, but they are in charge of cooling hot components on the PCB too.

phantom-fan-job

Removing the cooler from the card will not be an easy task. Usually, this is done by removing four spring-loaded screws from the card’s back side, but this time you will have to remove all the other screws as well.

 

phantom-back

 

phantom-gpu-screws

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The cooler base is fastened to the black metal plate by two clips. Contact area to the GPU does not feature mirror finish.

phantom-base

Gainward uses Power Logic PLA8015S12HH fans with maximum RPM of about 3500.

phantom-base-screw

As you can see from the picture below, the big metal plate covers all the shorter electrical components on the PCB, such as memory modules.

phantom-metal-plate

Taller components, including the six phase VRM (power regulation module) for the GPU and two phase VRM for the memory, are cooled directly by the air from the fans above.

phantom-pcb

GTX 580 Phantom is equipped with a total of 3072MB video memory.

phantom-memory

As far as video outs go, we have here the classic Gainward’s Quattro-ports design, i.e. two dual link DVIs, HDMI and DisplayPort out. Note that only two video outs can be used simultaneously. Nvidia included an HDMI sound device within the GPU, so there is no need for connecting the card to your motherboard’s/soundcard’s SPDIF out to get audio and video via HDMI.

GTX_580_phantom-box-front_5

This card requires two PCI Express power connectors - one 6-pin and one 8-pin. It supports both 2-way and 3-way SLI configurations.

Integrated power Control IC is placed at the back of PCB - ON Semiconductor's ADP4100 IC was used.

phantom-adp4100

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+5 #1 Quartz 2011-02-09 20:02
No support for triple monitors = no sale.
 
 
-6 #2 HiTechpro 2011-02-09 22:01
What happens to AMD Topcard 6970??
it becomes quite beaten to pieces by nVidia card the mainstreem 570.

nVidia is just so far ahead of AMD now that one can fear that AMD has given up to compete with mighty nVidia and becomes a nice producer just as Matrox???
 
 
+3 #3 mrgerbik 2011-02-10 02:25
Quoting HiTechpro:
What happens to AMD Topcard 6970??
it becomes quite beaten to pieces by nVidia card the mainstreem 570.

nVidia is just so far ahead of AMD now that one can fear that AMD has given up to compete with mighty nVidia and becomes a nice producer just as Matrox???


fail lmao.
 
 
-1 #4 dieterD 2011-02-10 10:30
>HiTechpro you better check gtx 580 prices before compare vs HD 6970. GTX 570 and HD 6970 prices are tight and so are the preformances...

About this 3GB - no benefit vs 1,5gb version (like in case of 2gb vs 1gb HD 6950), so I always smile when I hear some copmpanies releses like 2gb GTX 460 or HD 5850 and many people get excited about potential preformance booost :D. and next thing will be Gainward phantom GTX 560 Ti with 2gb so :D for them and those who talked about preformance increase.
 
 
+2 #5 Jaberwocky 2011-02-10 11:07
If i were going for a 3GB 580 then the Palit version would be the one to go for as it is far cheaper and although this looks better , once it is tucked away in a case then you'r not going to see it.Cooling wise,the standard nvidia cooler developed for these cards is almost as good and it only takes up 2 slots.Regarding usage of 3GB.Either 2 monitor gaming or CUDA usage like Rendering where large scenes are loaded into the cards memory to process.Possibly use this as a cheaper alternative to a Quadro card.
 
 
+1 #6 Deanjo 2011-02-10 13:08
Quoting dieterD:
About this 3GB - no benefit vs 1,5gb version (like in case of 2gb vs 1gb HD 6950), so I always smile when I hear some copmpanies releses like 2gb GTX 460 or HD 5850 and many people get excited about potential preformance booost :D. and next thing will be Gainward phantom GTX 560 Ti with 2gb so :D for them and those who talked about preformance increase.


For display purposes you are right that there is no real benefit however for people that utilize GPGPU software the extra memory is a huge plus.
 
 
-2 #7 jonelsorel 2011-02-11 08:21
This product has no justification of existing.. It's at best 1 fps faster than the standard 580. Now, what kind of idiot pays an extra 100 euros for the same thing really?
 
 
+4 #8 Squall_Leonhart 2011-02-12 11:01
Quoting dieterD:
>HiTechpro you better check gtx 580 prices before compare vs HD 6970. GTX 570 and HD 6970 prices are tight and so are the preformances...

About this 3GB - no benefit vs 1,5gb version (like in case of 2gb vs 1gb HD 6950), so I always smile when I hear some copmpanies releses like 2gb GTX 460 or HD 5850 and many people get excited about potential preformance booost :D. and next thing will be Gainward phantom GTX 560 Ti with 2gb so :D for them and those who talked about preformance increase.


i love it when disillusioneda idiots like yourself talk without having an idea about what you're talking about

Already there are games exceeding 1.5GB at 1920x1200 with barely 2xAA.
 
 
+1 #9 Squall_Leonhart 2011-02-12 11:02
Quoting jonelsorel:
This product has no justification of existing.. It's at best 1 fps faster than the standard 580. Now, what kind of idiot pays an extra 100 euros for the same thing really?

there is no evidence of your intelligence.

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?&m=833917&mpage=1

kindly stfu.
 

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