EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 Review - HotHardware

EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 Review

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Overclocking is not an exact science. When it comes to overclocking headroom, every GPU is different. And just because your friend's GTX 580 hit 1000MHz doesn't mean that yours will, even using the same settings and hardware. Many factors can influence what a video card is capable of, starting with the unique capability of each GPU. These factors may also include complementary components within the system, but we find the primary influence is the type of cooling used on the graphics card.
 

Overclocking 
Push it to the limit




To overclock the GTX 580 FTW HC2, we used some utilities from EVGA: Precision, E-LEET, and OC Scanner. Precision is a GPU overclocking and real-time monitoring utility that allows fine tuning of the core, shader, and memory frequency. It also provides independent or synchronous fan controls for multi-GPU systems. You're able to save up to 10 profiles with the ability to assign hotkeys for in-game access. We also used EVGA E-LEET v1.08.8 tuning utility which allows for GTX 580 voltage adjustments. OC Scanner v1.5.0 offers a built-in artifact scanner, benchmark functionality, and a logging feature.

With some effort, we reached stability at a blazing 1005 MHz core and 1075 MHz memory frequency with voltage set at 1.143V. For those keeping track at home, that's an 18% GPU overclock over the rated speed of the GTX 580 FTW HC2, and a 30% increase over the reference design speed clock

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Maxishine has videos on youtube of these in tri-SLI on the EVGA SR-2.

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It would be more practical if they produced a stand alone pump and radiator for this! This is a niche market so they probably wont see much profit from this since full water systems are still pricey and hard to maintain.

If they made an adaptive H50 pump/radiator that is simple and can be manufactured in various sizes for multiple cards and pluged in without the need to go full water! Then they will probably see more profit from the extra sales of the add on components from making things simpler for their customers. I am sure they can easly adapt thier current CPU pump system to these cards at little or no cost for the conversion. Since more people ar switching to the sealed liquid coolers for the CPU's having a similar system for the GPU Would be the next logical step!

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I've got 3 of these running in SLI with an Intel i7 with a standalone LC system for the CPU, ASUS Rampage III Black Ed MB, 24G RAM (getting it all recognized was a trick), and modified Thermaltake Xaser VI case, with the 3 inch bays removed to make room for a 3-fan radiator and LC tubing.  Just finished getting it all put together, but it screams even before any OC.

Hints for anyone considering GTX 580 Hydro Copper - multiple card setup - you NEED a huge case, the Thermaltake I got still needed to be torn apart to fit everything.  Don't plan on using the PCI slots for much of anything else (though I was able to squeeze in the specialized sound card that came with the MB, JUST under the 3rd GPU).  Also, buy a bunch of extra clamps, and do not overtighten the valves, you'll bow the washers and create a drip.  Finally, don't get cheap on the pump.  The thing is there to protect your $2,100 worth of GPUs (3 x $700 newegg)... 

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