Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up - HotHardware

Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up

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Micro Star International (MSI) manufactures a variety of computer components. Established in 1986, they originally focused on the motherboard and graphics card markets, but now produce a variety of notebooks, barebone systems,and wireless networking devices as well. Here we look at a re-badged reference design GTX 580 with a very aggressive factory overclock.



 MSI GTX 580
 Specs and Features

Model
N580GTX-M2D15D5/OC

Core Clock
823 MHz
   
Memory Clock / Size
1069 MHz / 1.5 GB

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

Warranty
3 Yr Parts / 2 Yr Labor

Price

$509



MSI offers several versions of the GTX 580. They consist of the base model with stock clocks, the Twin Frozr II/OC, the HydroGen/OC, and the M2D15D5/OC, which is the model we're reviewing today. Both the Twin Frozr II and HydroGen cards boost frequencies to 800 MHz core / 1024 MHz memory, but the Twin Frozr II comes with MSI's aftermarket air cooling system, while the HydroGen sports a liquid cooling solution. The M2D15D5/OC features NVIDIA's reference design but comes with a factory overclock of 823 MHz core / 1069 MHz memory. It's the fastest air cooled GTX 580 on the market. Only the water cooled Hydro Copper 2 from EVGA offers faster a GPU frequency (850 MHz core).


  


Besides the attractive decals, this card is physically identical to every other stock GTX 580 on the market. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as NVIDIA's design features a vapor chamber cooler with a smooth copper base fused to a dense array of thin aluminum cooling fins. And of course, the M2D15D5/OC requires both a 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connection from the PSU.



This bundle includes a user's manual, utility disk featuring MSI's Afterburner software, a DVI to VGA adapter, mini HDMI to HDMI cable, and a couple of PCIe power adapters.

 

 

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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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