EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 Review - HotHardware

EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 Review

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Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a few final data points--namely power consumption and temps. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the graphics cards alone.

Power Consumption and Operating Temperatures
How low can you go?



We have good news and bad news here. The bad news should not come as a major surprise as the GTX 580 in its stock form is one power hungry video card. Our results show the overclocked EVGA HC FTW GTX 580 uses even more juice due to higher operating frequencies. But if you're considering this monster card, we can't image a few extra dollars on your electricity bill over the course of a year being a deal breaker. 





The biggest advantage a water-cooled video card has over its competition is operating temperature. Of course, it commands a price premium and requires additional hardware to implement, but water cooled models will always operate at much lower temps than their air cooled siblings, when installed and setup properly. When looking at our results, keep in mind that every liquid cooling loop is different and ambient temperature is an important factor that affects operating levels of the card.

Here, we utilized Furmark to stress the cards and saw remarkable temps in both idle and load states. How so? With the exception of Gigabyte's HD 5870 SOC, the EVGA GTX 580 FTW HC2 ran cooler at full load than the rest of the cards in an idle state. In other words, the cooling performance of the Hydro Copper 2 waterblock is outstanding.

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Hmm, its good to see GPU's coming with preinstalled cards. I had a terrifying experience at a friends places with the gasket leaked the liquid (mix of coolant and water) all over the board. We dumped like 1/2 a bottle of isopropyl alcohol all over, but the board didnt survive. Interestingly enough, the gpu and cpu were just fine haha. But Still... he's never touched water cooling again... i doubt he will in the near future.

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I'm seeing fewer liquid cooled cards in the market recently. It's such a niche market. EVGA puts them out like clock work though.

This card is seriously badass.  Wish I had three or four in SLI Wink

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I find it kind of funny really that the 5970 still beats this card as well as everything else. Then you look at the price's of course. I have not looked at the exact price, but being that it is an Nvidia card, and they always up charge to the greatest amount for the top of the series cards I imagine expensive, then on top of that it is a specialized liquid cooled card to boot.

So why would I not just get a 5970, and if I have a liquid cooling system which I would have to have to make this card operational anyway on top of what I am sure is a premium price, I can also liquid cool my 5970 for right around if not lower price, and better performance.

Or heck if I wanna get real crazy get 3 6970's which would probably use less energy than this one, and they run cooler than anything else as well as supposedly the Crossfire is much, much improved for most likely cheaper than 1 of these and the liquid cooling for it, or the 5970, and a liquid cooling setup for either.

 

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This card beats the 5970...

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Ok; I went and checked the pricing on the EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 it is listed at $699.00, with no shipping  etc, and then add say 150 on top for a low end water cooling system we are talking roughly $900.00 for a single card. Umm I can buy a 6870 x3 for $615.00 - x4 $820.00  w/free shipping at Newegg, and a 6950 x3 for $840.00, and a 6970 x3 for for $1050.00. I know this is up as a review, and everything, but I can guarantee you 2 of any of the cards I listed will eat this card for dinner, much less 3. Yes I know it has adapters for water cooling, but you still have to get a water cooling system to feed it. I could buy 3 6870's and the best GPU water cooler on the planet for less, and at the least double my benchmarks Vs. this card easy.

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Two or three of this card in SLI would be the absolute bomb! It's all much more cash than I can muster and far too much work for me too.

But it's bad to the bone.

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your absolutely right, the amount of money that can be put elsewhere, great. Also, 700$, i was looking can get you a decent gaming rig on its own. But, niche market it is.

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If a person is doing tri sli with these cards i would love to see the rest of their computer. 

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fat78:

If a person is doing tri sli with these cards i would love to see the rest of their computer. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppGA3sMp2_Y

I'm still waiting for Digital Storm to send in this Monster to HotHardware for Dave or Marco to cook up some benchmarks!!

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SammyHayabuza:
I'm still waiting for Digital Storm to send in this Monster to HotHardware for Dave or Marco to cook up some benchmarks!!

Yes, and after that they can give it to me in a contest! I like the way you think Sammy!

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