From the chart above, the GTX 580 did not perform all that well. The temperatures were higher than most in all tests and noticeably hotter than the GTX 480. The one somewhat bright spot in the tests was that the GTX 580 idled lower than the GTX 480 by 8C.
With the max overclocked testing, we were glad to see the GTX 580 hold its own finally. The temperatures were still some of the hottest in our list, but a great reduction in temperatures compared to the GTX 480. NVIDIA seems to have stifled the massive heat output from the GTX 480.
NVIDIA delivered on their promise to improve the performance, temperatures and power consumption with the GTX 580. Although they were not major improvements in the latter two areas, they were improvements none-the-less. The game performance was truly great and it out-performed all of the other cards in almost every test, including our two GTX 460′s in SLI. This card turned out to be an absolute beast performance wise! If you want to put 2, 3 or 4 of these GTX 580′s in SLI, you could overpower any game on the market for years to come.
Hopefully, one day NVIDIA will get the power consumption and temperatures down to even lower levels. If they could do this, it would undoubtedly make them the overall kings in the market. We were just glad to see some noticeable improvements in temperatures and power consumption over the older GTX480. It would also be nice to see how or where ASUS comes up with the “up to 50% faster” claim. We did not see anywhere near that performance increase. Maybe they meant to say “with extreme cooling” or at least “water cooling?” Either way, it would be nice to find out how they came to that number. The other thing we worry about is the relatively meager 3 year warranty on this card. For the price tag of the GTX 580 we would expect a longer warranty, if not a life-time warranty.
Overall, the ASUS GeForce GTX 580 delivers! It blew through our game tests with ease, and for the price tag of $524.99, we expected nothing less. If you can afford the hefty price, this is undoubtedly the card to get, and it will play anything you throw at it with ease!
The ASUS GeForce GTX 580 Voltage Tweak receives the TechREACTION.net Gold Silicon Award!
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