PNY GTX580 Liquid Cooled Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PNY GTX580 Liquid Cooled Review

Introduction

There are three main types of cooling available on graphics cards. The first, and most obvious, is the reference design. This usually consists of a waterwheel style fan at one end, a lump of aluminium and a plastic shroud. The second is third-party designs such as the Twin Frozr III from MSI, the Windforce from Gigabyte or the various DIY options. Finally of course is buying a waterblock from EK or Danger Den and the like, and plumbing it into a dedicated water-loop.

The PNY we have on test today combines two of these into a stand-alone format by utilising an Asetek self-contained pump, block and radiator combined with a reference card.

It's quite a bizarre thing and looks like someone has welded a Corsair H50 to their card, but does it work?

Technical Specifications

PNY are certainly confident that the cooling solution works, as the Fermi 110 GPU has been overclocked from the default 772MHz up to a whopping 857MHz out of the box. Considering some very hardcore pre-overclocked cards available usually stop around 800MHz, and the Gigabyte Super Over Clock is 855MHz out the box, this is the fastest 'out of the box' GTX580 around. 

Core Clock857 MHz
Processor Clock       
512
Processor Cores    
1714 MHz
Texture Fill Rate    
54.85 Billion/sec.
Memory Amount    
1536MB GDDR5
Memory Data Rate    
4212 MHz
Memory Interface    
384-bit
Memory Bandwidth    
202.18 GB/sec.
On-board OutputsDVI, DVI, and HDMI mini
Bus Type        
PCI Express® 2.0
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Most Recent Comments

28-11-2011, 05:24:51

yassarikhan786
Some really great temperatures, but from what I've read on other sources, the fan does not sufficiently cool the other parts of the card. Did you encounter this problem?Quote

28-11-2011, 06:11:39

tinytomlogan
It does get warm, but not beyond any recomended levels. The card fan does stay on a lower speed because the GPU core is so cool.Quote

28-11-2011, 06:16:49

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

It does get warm, but not beyond any recomended levels. The card fan does stay on a lower speed because the GPU core is so cool.
Ok. Thank you and great review as always .Quote

28-11-2011, 07:35:46

Lollipop
I can't see why people on the YT vid are saying this is useless? More surface area = better cooling = silence. I would love to get my hands on one of these if i had the money.Quote

28-11-2011, 08:13:31

dugdiamond
nice card - nice benches

but.....

some people are going to have a nightmare with this card

those who:



  • had a large cpu cooler (D14, etc) in the case (especially when in a mid-tower)

  • have another sealed-WC solution in their case



i have also noticed SLI - two, or more, of these in SLI !!! Hmmm? not going to work !!!Quote
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