PNY GTX580 Liquid Cooled Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

PNY GTX580 Liquid Cooled Review

Test Setup

As always when testing our GPUs we use the same setup to ensure that our results are, barring driver changes, easily comparable.

PNY GTX580 XLR8 Liquid Cooled
ForceWare 285.62
Intel Core-i7 950 @ 4GHz
Gigabyte G1 Assassin
Corsair AX1200W
6GB Mushkin Redline
Noctua NH-D14
Windows 7 Ultimate x64


Amazingly even with the high overclock  already in place the PNY has more to give, being capable of a pretty stellar 965MHz on the GPU core.

One thing we definitely recommend is manually increasing the speed of the standard fan. Because the GPU is kept cool with the Asetek water cooling the cards sensors indicate that it's very cool, so the fan barely spins which means the memory and voltage regulators get seriously toasty. So it's advisable to set the reference fan manually to ensure everything else on the card stays as cool as the GPU itself.

We will cover the GPU temperature at the end of our review, but 51°C maximum with our overclock is so stunning we don't mind mentioning it here. It might look a bit of a dogs dinner, but it works.

PNY GTX580 Liquid Cooled Review

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Most Recent Comments

28-11-2011, 05:24:51

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

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

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

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

nice card - nice benches


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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