Zotac GTX580 Review

HAWX2 & Metro 2033

Zotac GTX580 Review

H.A.W.X 2

Before we roll on to our conclusion let's look at the top and bottom of the performance scale, starting with the top and the benchmark demo for Tom Clancy's HAWX 2.

A long while ago now we stopped using GRiD for our benchmarking because the frame-rates attained were becoming ludicrous, yet here we are with a game that isn't released and we're bashing through 200 FPS average with everything as high as it will go. Good optimisation or another bleh console port? We'll have to wait for the full game to see but for now you can be safe knowing that the GTX580 will give it a proper kerb-stomp.

Metro 2033

The antithesis of HAWX 2 is Metro 2033. A game which massacres all but the highest performing systems. The GTX580 enhancements really show their hand here giving us a handful of frames above the older model. Whereas 30 or 40 frames would go un-noticed in HAWX, at these rates even two or three can make a difference to your enjoyment.

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Most Recent Comments

10-11-2010, 02:47:19

Finally the NDA for the retail cards has lifted so barely 8 months after the GTX480 hit the market nVidia have released their next card, the GTX580. Does it fix the issues?

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10-11-2010, 03:01:24

Another Great Review Bryan

And The best Review Video's on you tube Tom

Another Top notch job to both of you Lads !

Best Line Ever!

"Considering the main problem with the GTX480 was it being hotter than Katy Perry wearing nothing but a smile"Quote

10-11-2010, 04:07:15

Be interested in what you thought of the drivers. What we've picked up was that it seemed as if just the identifiers were in the 262.xx, and that 263.xx atleast should have some 5xx 'special stuff' in them.

The oc too, somewhere around 100mhz should really be achieveable as there will be something like a 835 or 850 "oc" variant on the market using the same cooler and the usual crappy compound.

Not really worth it if you got a tamed 480. But £400 should really be the stock versions price prior to christmas, dropping to £350-375 in Q1.Quote

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