Point of View / TGT is definitely keen on showing everyone they mean business, and the GTX 580 Ultra Charged stands as proof of this. This is one of the first factory overclocked GTX 580 cards and its clocks are pretty high compared to the reference ones. While the reference cards run at 772MHz for the GPU and 1002MHz (4008MHz effectively) for the GDDR5 memory, Point of View / TGT’s GTX 580 Ultra Charged comes with a GPU clocked at 841MHz and memory at 1026MHz (4104MHz effectively).
Thanks to the factory overclock, the card ran about 7% faster in our test games and not only that – we further overclocked it and got another 7% boost. Compared to the GTX 480, GTX 580 will provide about 22% more muscle. The card comes with reference dual slot cooling that’s pretty quiet for a high-end graphics card, especially if it’s the fastest single-GPU around. Idle operation is even quieter.
The card currently goes for about €525, here. Point of View / TGT sweetened this deal with a gift game - Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, although we’d rather see some other, more demanding game, which would’ve put the GTX 580’s potential to good use. If GTX 580 sounds nice then you’ll love Point of View / TGT’s GTX 580 Ultra Charged and if you crave top performance, this is the card for you. 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.