NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580: A New Flagship Emerges

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The GeForce GTX 580 reference design looks very much like a cross between the GeForce GTX 470 and 285. The cooler is certainly smaller than that found on the GTX 480, and it lacks the protruding heat-pipes found on the 480 as well. The entire front side of the card is also encased in a shroud, much like previous designs, which gives it a nice, clean look.

  

  
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Reference Design

The GeForce GTX 580’s PCB measures 10.5”. As you can see in the pictures above, the back-side of the PCB is exposed, but short of the PCI Express edge connector the front side is all fan shroud and fan from tip to tail. As we mentioned on the previous page, the tail end of the fan shroud has a sharp, angled drop-off that allows for better inward air flow for the top card when used in multi-card configurations, where the PEG slots are next to one another. And the top-front of the shroud, along with half of the case bracket, is vented to allow heated air to be mostly expelled from a system.

The outputs on the GeForce GTX 580 are identical to those found on the GTX 480—two dual-link DVI connectors are adjacent to a mini-HDMI connector at the top of the case bracket. Please note, despite having three outputs, only two can be used at any given time to drive displays. For three monitor NVIDIA Surround gaming configurations, like its predecessors, two cards must be used.

Two PCI Express power connectors are present on the GTX 580, one 8-pin and one 6-pin.  The card also has dual SLI edge connectors to support, one, two, three or four-way SLI configuration.

  

  
The GeForce GTX 580's Vapor Chamber Cooling Solution

With the GeForce GTX 580 disassembled, we can take a much better look at the cooler’s inner-workings and the GPU itself. The GTX 580’s Vapor Chamber cooler has a smooth copper base, fused to a dense array of thin, aluminum cooling fins. The Vapor Chamber cooler assembly is basically a large, rectangular block where air from the barrel-type fan can easily flow from one end to the other. In comparison to the elaborate (and massive) coolers we’ve seen on some recent overclocked cards, the GTX 580’s Vapor Chamber seems somewhat small in comparison, but it definitely gets the job done. Without question, the GTX 580 is quieter than the GTX 480. In fact, there’s no comparison in real-world use. The GTX 580 is downright quiet next to the GTX 480. It still gets relatively hot though, especially in comparison to AMD’s latest cards.

  
The GeForce GTX 580 GPU and Heat-Plate

You’ll also notice with the card disassembled that the long, metal retention plate that holds the fan also acts as a heat spreader for the GTX 580’s on-board memory and some other components. The overall design of the GTX 580’s cooling solution, dare we say, seems elegant in comparison to some of the triple-slot, oversized monstrosities that have hit the market recently.

Dominating the center of the PCB is the GPU itself, flanked by memory on three sides. The actual GPU die is hidden under the metal heat-spreader, but the sheer size of the chip alludes to the fact that there’s a big, honkin’ 3-Billion transistor slab of silicon underneath.

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Taylor, Taylor, Taylor... Please let it go with fat

Not too much of an improvement i guess.

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Inspector:
Taylor, Taylor, Taylor... Please let it go with fat

You forgot about the other two names. That message was for those three, not fat specifically.

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*haha*  inspector i think taylor was calling the guy knowitall, knowitall (atleast i hope)

If i had the money, i dont think i would spend it all on such a power full gpu. Probably just go with a 6850, and that would be enough for me.

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The idea of two GTX460's in SLI for my build seems a little clouded now.

One of these 580's would cost about the same, and they do work halfway decent too.

(EVGA has one of them Over-Clocked for sale already)

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Why would you "upgrade" from dual GTX 285s to dual GTX 260s???

 

Other than perhaps the addition of DX11 support those two setups will be almost exactly the same performance wise. (at least with the 768MB ones).

I mean if you're going to upgrade get 2 6870s or something.

 

Just my $.02

 

Robert

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Aircraft123:
Why would you "upgrade" from dual GTX 285s to dual GTX 260s???

I just have one of them, it's a 2GB version. It stays in this computer and it's a VERY nice video card.

'My build' is a new PC that I'm contemplating and it's two GTX460's that I've been thinking about.

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Neil - Not sure how you feel about TigerDirect.com, but I got this ad and was just floored: 

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6488427

 

You could get 3 GTX460s from them and still have almost $100 left over. 

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nhwynter:
You could get 3 GTX460s from them and still have almost $100 left over

Thank you,.........It's a heck of a good price for that card.

But you can only use two in SLI at a time because they don't have the proper connections for three way SLI.

I want to get as much power as I can afford and still get Cuda and PhysX support too. So the 580's probably it unless something earth shattering happens between now and when I buy.

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Nvidia top of the line equipment in general is just to expensive. While the technology is relevant alternate technology that can produce relatively the same outcome costs significantly less from other providers.

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