Zotac GTX580 Review

3D Mark Vantage and Unigine

Zotac GTX580 Review

3D Mark Vantage

This is where dreams are made or shattered. It's obvious straight away that the nVidia dream is most definitely made. It annihilates all of our previous single GPU scores and runs very close to some dual-GPU ones too. Incredible performance. The only sad thing is that it's what the GTX480 should have been in the first place.

We know that 3D Mark isn't the be-all and end-all of things, but rather a hint at performance. Even still the GTX580 is Gatling Gun compared to the musket of the GTX480. Even the Lightning when overclocked, which is a performance behemoth, is left trailing in the wake of the new nVidia effort.


Every time we bring Unigine to the party we're always happy to see it, such is the level of eye-candy on offer. The main comparison here is obviously between the GTX580 and GTX480, and in this regards the Zotac spanks it quite hard indeed. Sure the Lightning bests it when overclocked, but that's the zenith of GTX480 possibilities, whereas this is a bog-stock reference card.

0x Anti-Aliasing

8x Anti-Aliasing

At 8 times AA we can see how the GTX580 is starting to struggle a little. We are not quite sure why. Maybe there is a built-in thermal detune and we're hitting it. It doesn't appear to be the case though. Although Unigine is notoriously hard to tame.

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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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