Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up

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First up is the GTX 580 from Taiwan based hardware manufacturer, Gigabyte Technology. Well known for their motherboards, Gigabyte has expanded their product line up to include cases, coolers, power supplies, notebooks, and peripherals, as well as graphics cards. During the past couple of years, we have seen a steady stream of reference and overclocked versions of video cards featuring both AMD / ATI and NVIDIA GPUs sporting the Gigabyte logo. And here we get our hands on the latest release from their Ultra Durable line.  



 Gigabyte N580UD GTX 580
 Specs and Features

Model
GV-N580UD-15I

Core Clock
795 MHz
   
Memory Clock / Size
1002 MHz / 1.5 GB

Accessories
Mini HDMI to HDMI Cable
DVI to VGA Adapter
PCIe Power Adapters

Warranty
3 years

Price

$504



Gigabyte offers two different models based on the GTX 580 currently. The base model is a re-badged reference design card from NVIDIA, sporting a dual slot, single fan cooling solution, and offers a core clock of 772 MHz. It comes with a 3 year warranty and sells for $499, the standard price for a stock GTX 580. The card we're looking at here is the Ultra Durabe VGA (UDV) model and sports a factory overclock to 795 MHz and Windforce 3x cooling solution. Moreover, the PCB has been redesigned to incorporate Gigabyte's 2 oz copper layers and top of the line components. The pleasant surprise here is that the N580UD retails for only $5 more than the stock GTX 580.

 





The N580UD features a dual slot cooler with three PWM fans sitting on a vapor chamber heat sink that stretches across the entire length of the card. In addition, three copper heat pipes are used to help to dissipate heat. Triple fan cooling solutions are becoming more common in the market place, especially with hot running, high end models. Gigabyte claims the advantages of this particular design are increased heat dissipation and quieter operating environment. Like the reference design, this card requires one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI Express connection from the power supply.


As with every enthusiast class product, the manufacturer includes a small accessory bundle to assist with initial installation. Gigabyte includes two Molex to PCIe power adapters, a DVI to VGA adapter, and a mini HDMI to HDMI cable. We also find a user manual and utilities disk included.

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I like the looks of the Gigabyte card myself.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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coolice:
I wonder if msi will release a frozr series for this series...

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,.....

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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.

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

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JRackley:
i dont know why they didnt choose that card for the test

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

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

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The Gigabyte UD cards all have custom PCB.

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