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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10-11-2010, 03:01:24

AMD_PBz
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

Rastalovich
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

Runebeard
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

Techyandy
"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

silenthill
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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