ASUS GTX580 SLI Exclusive Review
Published: 12th November 2010 | Source: Asus | Price: £404 - £808 |
Not only are we testing in SLI today, but we're also going to run the single card too, just to see what the ASUS version has to offer with the Voltage Tweak. We'll compare against the stock GTX480 again, and also two GTX480s in SLI at stock speeds.
ASUS GTX580 SLI
ASUS Rampage III Extreme
Intel i7 950 @ 4GHz
6GB Mushkin Redline RAM
Corsair AX1200 PSU
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Overclocking and Temperatures
Being an ASUS card we have two methods of overclocking available to us. The primary way is the same as always, ramp up the speeds until it cries enough. Using this we were able to increase the GPU Core speed from 775MHz to 882MHz.
The second way is to use the ASUS Voltage Tweak to help stabilise the card and hopefully eke even more speed out of it. Using this we hit a whopping 950MHz on the core. A massive increase.
If you were running the cards in a water-cooled setup, or perhaps you're deaf, then you could certainly get even more performance out of the cards with the Voltage Tweak BIOS.
The ASUS cards performed so much better both in overclocking and thermally than the Zotac we saw yesterday that we're wondering if either the Zotac was an unlucky chip, the ASUS is a lucky one, or some combination of the two.
With auto fans the card barely span up to an audible level and was noticeably quieter than the Zotac.