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.

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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coolice 3 years ago
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.
RA1D 3 years ago

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

rapid1 3 years ago

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.


ra1d 3 years ago

This card beats the 5970...

rapid1 3 years ago

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.

realneil 3 years ago

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.

coolice 3 years ago

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.

fat78 3 years ago

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

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

[quote user="fat78"]

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



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

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="SammyHayabuza"]I'm still waiting for Digital Storm to send in this Monster to HotHardware for Dave or Marco to cook up some benchmarks!! [/quote]

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

ra1d 3 years ago

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

animatortom 3 years ago

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!

Davymer 2 years ago

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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