Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up

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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 graphics 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 employed on the graphics card.

Push it to the limit

We expect the type of consumers interested in these cards want to get the most out of their investment. While it may seem excessive for some, raising the frequencies on pre-overclocked cards should drive even more pixel pushing ability than already available. It merely requires a bit of effort and patience to massage frequencies and voltages while achieving stable operating conditions. We've taken that step for you in order to show the possible gains of manually overclocking the GeForce GTX 580 and these cards. For this testing, we employed MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility since it's free, widely available for download, and compatible with any brand of graphics card.

Although the Gigabyte N580UD comes with most conservative overclock of the three cards, it proves to have the most overclocking headroom by an ample margin. With voltage at 1.15V on the core, we managed a blazing 1005 MHz GPU speed and 1265 MHz memory frequency. That equates to a 26% overclock over the card's rated speeds of 795 MHz core and 1002 MHz memory.

The MSI GTX 580 was no slouch either. It went from its rated speeds of 823 MHz core / 1069 MHz memory to frequencies of 940 MHz / 1145 MHz. These settings give you a 14% GPU overclock  and 7% on the memory.

Zotac's Amp! Edition offered overclocking headroom up to 925 MHz core / 1250 MHz memory. If not for the blistering speeds hit by the other two 580's, we'd be a little more excited. But the lesson learned here is that NVIDIA's latest batch of high end Fermi GPUs will award its owners with more performance if they take the time to tweak the settings.

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realneil 3 years ago

I like the looks of the Gigabyte card myself.

ThunderBird 3 years ago

Great review just wondering why no EVGA card thrown in the mix?

I ask cause I know they have been an exclusive Nvidia partner for many years.

infinityzen1 3 years ago

I have always liked the Gigabyte UD video cards. That is why I have their 5870UD. They all overclock like a demon. Mine is more than fast enough that I won't be looking for a new card until at least next generation.

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

I also like the Gigabyte card, it would be my choice out of the three. And there's also the ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II which is an awesome card, and it adds a display port but its triple slot..woooot.

coolice 3 years ago

Well... was i the only one to think 3 fans > 1 fan any day? haha, doesnt matter even if its lower rpm. the fact that soo much air is moving all around. Its still impressive for g/b..... 20 degrees cooler.

I wonder if msi will release a frozr series for this series... i'd like to see how that would fare against the g/b then.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="coolice"]I wonder if msi will release a frozr series for this series... [/quote]

Frozr has proven to be a superior design so far. Of course they'll release a 580 that's got the Frozr III cooler design. Buy it for me,.....

JRackley 3 years ago

[quote user="coolice"]I wonder if msi will release a frozr series for this series... i'd like to see how that would fare against the g/b then.[/quote]

they have, go check newegg, but i dont know why they didnt choose that card for the test

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="JRackley"]i dont know why they didnt choose that card for the test[/quote]

Most of these cards are provided by the manufacturers for HH to review. What was on hand was tested, I'm sure.

AKwyn 3 years ago

At least we got to see that Gigabyte card in action... Though we may never know if the PCB is stock or custom made.

InfinityzeN1 3 years ago

The Gigabyte UD cards all have custom PCB.

rrplay 3 years ago

I like the Gigabyte card myself and it would certainly perform quite well for me for quite some time.Lot's of headroom and should be plenty cool enough .

omegadraco 3 years ago

EVGA is definitely missing in this lineup.

wannab 3 years ago

Man id love to see one of these puppies in my rig ;)

rapid1 3 years ago

Hmm a couple of these bad boys running in the HH contest system which someone will be lucky enough to win before to long.

DScheive 3 years ago

gigabytes just an all around good company! All products i have from them are exceptional and have had little or no problems... i guess im getting the n580UD now :)

KAdair 3 years ago

yea ive always used gigabyte motherboard always reasonably priced and never let me down. Im a gigabyte fanboy what can I say I wish gigabyte would have overclocked like the other to but lol look at those fans im sure it runs real cool

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