Zotac GTX580 Review

GTX580 Up Close

Zotac GTX580 Review














Up Close

Externally the box follows the fairly standard Zotac arrangement although it's slightly larger than some we've seen. The yellow always looks attractive and makes a lovely change from the blues, greens and reds that we are pretty sick of by now.

As well as a window, which for a graphics card is fairly pointless, the top of the box is clear in its entirety.

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Inside we have the copy of Prince of Persia Sands of Time, the driver disk and manual, and a fairly standard set of cables.

There must be some serious trickery going on in the wafers because the original cooler for the GTX480 was an absolute beast of a thing and yet the allegedly cooler and quieter GTX580 heatsink reminds us of nothing so much as the GTX285. If you were the proud owner of one of those you'll know they were amazing at being both of those things we love so much.

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In keeping with the evolution of the GTX580 it needs a 8 and 6pin PCIe power despite having more go than its predecessor.

At the business end everything is fairly standard as befits a reference design, although it is odd to see the PCI bracket slightly lower than it should be. Not an issue at all, just a curiosity.

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There is a much larger area around the fan to draw cool air in which is a boon if you're an SLI fan. So often card designs don't take into account that you might be running a pair so it's nice to see yet another small touch that can make the difference.

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Most Recent Comments

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

10-11-2010, 04:35:33

Impressive stuff indeed. I'm almost tempted to splurge some student loan on one of these

I'd deffo rather turn the fan up a little bit more than let temps creep up, I play my games quite loud so wouldn't hear it anyways.

Great combined effort though guys, keep it up Quote

10-11-2010, 04:47:28

"It's got an Nvidia badge on it...I'm gonna go buy it!" Haha, so true

I am interested now to see where the 6970 comes out in relation; will it be better? Or will it be 10% less powerful but at a £100 lower price point?Quote

10-11-2010, 06:24:07

I’ve seen the sli performance for the 580 on GURU 3D and it is very similar to the 480 so for me no upgrade & no selling my 480’s on eBay, I think I’ll wait for the next generation or something with at least 50% more kick to justify the huge price tag and also there are no games that really demand more power right now so the Christmas dough will have to go this year on something ells.


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