We are back with a new analysis of a graphics card, on this occasion the NVidia GTX 580. So, the model of the most powerful graphics card from all the graphics cards of a core of the market both NVidia, only surpassed by the ATi 5970 than it has the trick of having two processors.
Thus, in this analysis of the NVidia GTX 580 you will find the results of the whole of our usual tests. Indeed, it is a very good card with an overwhelming performance, above the current AMD (we will see when the nearby AMD 6970 is presented) but which must take into account their price, which is the 450 euro.
As always, after the jump you will find all the details of this new product from NVidia.
A brief description of the test team and the software used:
- Mountain GTM 900, with Intel Core i7 920, 6 GB of DDR3 RAM and plate Asus Rampage II Extreme are some of its specifications.
- Official drivers from NVidia, latest version 263.09 WHQL for Microsoft Windows Vista/7 64-bit systems.
- Windows 7 Professional 64-bit operating system.
- NVidia GTX 580 model Asus ENGTX580, in final, commercial version. GPUZ responds with the following information:
The results that you will see in the following comparisons are all own, removed from our tests and analysis to different graphics cards market in recent months.
Six races divided in:
- 3DMark 11 (default setting).
- 3DMark Vantage (High, Performance & Entry configurations).
- 3DMark 06 (default setting).
- FurMark (default setting).
In all of these dedicated, highest score, better benchmarks.
3DMark 11 (DX11)
3DMark Vantage: High (DX10)
3DMark Vantage: Performance (DX10)
3DMark Vantage: Entry (DX10)
3DMark 06 (DX9)
FurMark (stress test)
Video game testing
You will find the data images per second (fps) to the right of the toolbar of each graph. The resolution in all cases is of 1.680×1.050 pixels.
In all cases, the greater the value fps, better.
Far Cry 2
Maximum graphics settings, all values to the limit.
Maximum graphics settings, all values to the limit (fan configuration) except antialiasing (to 0)
And a second test with all filters the most except antialiasing (to 0), and the quality of the textures that placed in standard (standard configuration).
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Maximum graphics settings, all values to the maximum:
We take two values of consumption, idle and full. The first with the computer booted into the operating system, but without running any application or game. The second, with the computer to the maximum.
To lower consumption, better.
Same thing, two values idle and full. The first value is the average temperature in operation with the computer without any user process is run, and the other with an extreme use operating temperature:
NVidia GTX 580, conclusions
Are surprised? NVidia GTX 580 It shows with this first model of the new generation theirs is the power, It is a model that we can demand, and much, and that NVIDIA is forgotten from doing its work. That last year was a brief slip and that they have much improved, although still continue keeping below AMD in some ways … but over in others.
But, as we said at the beginning we must take into account the price. NVidia GTX 580 is a fantastic graphics card, but is high end and that you have to pay it in any way. In this case they are called 450 euro, approximately, by this model from Asus. His performance in games is excellent and can be considered above those SLI GTX 295 and CrossFireX 5870 we analyze to little more than one year ago. A curious conclusion that can be drawn is that a new graph offers a potential of approximately equal to which had a graphical configuration of double of the previous year. We move really fast.
The This NVidia GTX 580 performance, as you can imagine, it allows to play any title in any configuration and always smoothly, although we will have to sacrifice high energy consumption. This is a fact that is well above what AMD provides both in the 6800 and the – can assure you firsthand – 6950 and 6970. The positive aspect is that the temperatures are much less elevated than in its predecessor, the GTX 480 that reached 94! degrees, although that Yes, again remain below AMD.
As for the noise, again good news if we compare it with past models, but also with the same conclusion if we face this 580 with the respective new AMD cards. The NVidia GTX 580 is not silent at all, but it is not annoying too. Yes it is true that when a game has been using one hour fan is heard, but It is not an overwhelming noise and it usually takes to be activated in order to play. Even in a stress test (comment on it then) the fan does not stop and does not bother too much. And Yes, it’s louder than the AMD 6000 Series models, with what needs to be improved although it is going in the right direction.
An aspect I wanted to comment on is the rumors saying that, when the GTX 580 was loaded and was very high temperatures, the card down their clocks to reduce own temperature. This impact on the performance of the card (at lower frequencies GPU lower final performance), that according to what was said out there worsened drastically.
In our tests with the NVidia GTX 580 We carry out a specific test to detect this rumor. It is what is called stress test, It is to make use of the GPU to the Max for a long time, obviously through specific software (in this case FurMark). Our tests concluded that for minutes, the GPU was kept to a maximum of 88 degrees without lowering the clock frequency. Stress test was repeated again and again, modifying features, increasing time and of course storing data in time periods short (1 second). Anomalies in the values of CPU frequency, characteristic which in theory was that was affected by this particular alarm system anti-altas-temperatures were observed in any case. In video game testing nor were fluctuations strange in any internal setting of the graphic card.
But this is the way. The GTX 580 is an excellent card It also brings with it a high price, those 450 euro. A good heir to the previous GTX 480 which, however, needs to improve some aspects that NVidia has been dragging, such as energy consumption and operating temperatures. It is also true that this model is limited almost in exclusive to users looking for the best, the most powerful regardless of its price. For other users, there are better alternatives AMD 6850 and GTX 460 which, although they are not as powerful, are much cheaper than (anything below 200 euros) and are also ready to swallow all.
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NVidia GTX 580 has been ceded to the test by Asus Ibérica. You can consult our policy of relations with companies.
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