Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:47

Gainward GTX 580 3GB Phantom tested - 11. Conclusion

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

Conclusion

A few days ago, Gainward announced the GTX 580 Phantom card, which boasts 3GB of GDDR5 memory and comes with a rather unique custom cooler with three 80mm fans, six heatpipes and a large aluminum heatsink with a copper base.

The factory overclock is really only slight - GTX 580 Phantom comes with 512 CUDA cores and runs at 783MHz for the GPU, 1566MHz for shaders and 4020MHz for 3GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with 384-bit memory interface.

We recently tested Gainward’s GTX 560 Ti Phantom card, here, and liked it a lot. However, it appears like we’ve had too high expectations for the GTX 580 Phantom, as it didn’t quite score that well.

Truth be told, GTX 580 3GB Phantom’s cooling performance is better than that of reference cooling – we measured up to 9°C lower GPU temperatures. However, the cooler is a bit louder than the reference solution. That’s not to say that Phantom is loud, it’s actually within acceptable levels. However, we’d much rather see a card quieter than the reference version. After all, we’re talking about a two and a half slot wide cooling that’s expected to deliver bigtime.

Gainward GTX 580 3GB Phantom runs at slightly higher clocks that will not really affect performance. However, the card is still the fastest single-GPU graphics card around and will chew up any game with ease. If you need more than 1.5GB of memory then this is the card for you as it packs 3GB of GDDR5. Note however that the added memory won’t help much if you’re playing on one display, although some games might find some use for it at 2560x1600 (32x AA and 32x AF). This means that dual-display gaming will probably be the wisest application for the frame buffer.

Gainward did a good job with Phantom series, which already attracted much attention among enthusiasts. All the cards from Phantom series look good but cooling performance and noise levels are even better. The only thing that might raise eyebrows is the pretty steep price of €520, here, which is in our eyes a bit too much. However, if you’ve got green to spare, make no mistake – this card will provide serious performance, and then some.
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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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