Friday, 26 November 2010 13:20

Point of View / TGT GTX 580 Ultra Charged tested - 2. A closer look at GTX 580 UC

Written by Sanjin Rados


Review: Factory overclocked to 841MHz

A closer look at GTX 580 Ultra Charged

The card comes with reference dual slot cooling which is improved in comparison to the cooler on GTX 480 cards. With help from the vapor chamber technology, the cooler is quiet, at least for a high-end card. Vapor chamber technology has been around for a couple of years, but it was usually reserved for non-reference boards so this is the first time we see it as part of the reference design.


Thanks to this tech, Nvidia can get rid of its heatpipe solutions such as the one on GTX 480 (picture below). You can also see that the difference between reference and Ultra Charged’s cooler is only in the sticker.


The vapor chamber method is simple - a chamber filled with of a water-like liquid evaporates and transfers the temperature from the GPU. Once the gas cools down, it “rains” back down and the process starts all over again. As a result, the card’s temperature dropped from an average 94°C on the GTX 480 to 85°C on GTX 580 cards.


GTX 580’s PCB design hasn’t changed much from the GTX 480, but there have been improvements in power regulation circuitry. The GTX 480 has a hole in the PCB below the fan, but the GTX 580 has no holes in the PCB or the cooler’s metal block.

Nvidia added Advanced Power Management, a feature which monitors consumption and performs power capping – all to protect the graphics cards from excessive power draw.


GTX 580 is the same size as Geforce GTX 480, measuring 10.5 inches or 26.67 centimeters in length. It has one 6-pin and 8-pin power connector and a 244W TDP.

Video engine didn’t change; it is the same as on GF100, Fermi chips. You still have a maximum of two display supported. GTX 580 Ultra Charged comes with two DVI ports and a mini HDMI where you could use a mini-HDMI dongle to get a proper HDMI port. We think that consumers deserve to get HDMI and DisplayPort on any high-end card and we're not thrilled by the lack of the latter.



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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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