Featured Articles

HP Stream is a Chromebook killer priced at $200

HP Stream is a Chromebook killer priced at $200

We have been hearing reports of a new breed of affordable Windows notebooks for months. It is alleged that a number…

More...
AMD Radeon R7 SSD line-up goes official

AMD Radeon R7 SSD line-up goes official

AMD has officially launched its first ever SSDs and all three are part of AMD’s AMD Radeon R7 SSD series.

More...
KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

Android 4.4 is now running on more than a fifth of Android devices, according to Google’s latest figures.

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:47

Gainward GTX 580 3GB Phantom tested - 10. Overclocking; Thermals; Noise;

Written by Sanjin Rados
thumb

Review: Running cool and armed with 3GB

Overclocking

We must admit we expected better OC potential from GTX 580 3GB Phantom. Although it is possible to meddle with GPU voltages, it didn’t help us achieve stable operation beyond 880MHz.

Note that we managed to push the GPU to 940MHz using voltage of 1250mV and we even did some gaming, but pixel error free image was only possible at 880MHz. Maximum memory clock was 2140MHz (4280 effectively).

Temperatures and Noise

We know that the card owes its name to the Phantom cooling but Phantom will definitely not have an easy task fighting Nvidia’s pretty nice reference cooling. When idle, Phantom is almost inaudible. When the card is under load, you can hear the three fans but the “loudness” is within acceptable levels. Truth be told, Phantom is slightly louder than reference cards when under load, but in turn provides 9°C lower temperatures. You can always manually decrease the RPM at the expense of thermals and Gainward’s Phantom definitely has headroom for experimentation and finding your ideal settings.

Power Consumption

Gainward’s GTX 580 3GB Phantom will consume about 20W more than the reference cards, which is a result of the slight overclock.

(Page 10 of 11)
Last modified on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 17:02
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments