The Test

For our look at the GTX 580 we will only be looking at single card performance. As a measure of promotion for their OEM partners, NVIDIA would only make a second GTX 580 available to us if we also agreed to review a high-end gaming system. Because the high-end system was completely unnecessary for a GPU review we declined NVIDIA’s offer, and as a result we were only offered 1 GTX 580 which you’ll be seeing here today. We will be looking at SLI performance once we can acquire a second GTX 580 farther down the line.

For our testing we’ll be using the latest version of our GPU benchmark suite, which was introduced back in our Radeon HD 6800 series review two weeks ago. We’re using the latest drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA here – Catalyst Hotfix 10.10d for AMD, and Forceware 262.99 for the NVIDIA cards.

Finally, as we mentioned earlier, AMD doesn’t have a direct competitor to the GTX 580. The closest competitors they have are dual-GPU setups in the form of the closeout 5970 and the 6870 in Crossfire. Meanwhile NVIDIA has cut GTX 470 prices so far to the bone that you can pick up a pair of them for as much as a single GTX 580. Two slightly crippled GF100 cards versus one GF110 card will not be a fair fight…

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 @ 3.33GHz
Motherboard: Asus Rampage II Extreme
Chipset Drivers: Intel 9.1.1.1015 (Intel)
Hard Disk: OCZ Summit (120GB)
Memory: Patriot Viper DDR3-1333 3 x 2GB (7-7-7-20)
Video Cards: AMD Radeon HD 6870
AMD Radeon HD 6850
AMD Radeon HD 5970
AMD Radeon HD 5870
AMD Radeon HD 5850
AMD Radeon HD 5770
AMD Radeon HD 4870
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
Video Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 262.99
AMD Catalyst 10.10d
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Meet the GTX 580 Crysis: Warhead
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  • TonyB - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    But can it play Crysis? Reply
  • Etern205 - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    It already has a benchmark on Crysis...

    And it's no surprise as being the fastest Direct X 11 card in the single GPU category.
    Reply
  • mfenn - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    whoooosh Reply
  • deputc26 - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    "Red 580 Load" instead of "Ref 580 Load" at the top of the power temp & noise page. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    Let it go. Reply
  • taltamir - Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - link

    only in reduced quality, the specifically said it, and any other card on the market, can't play a maxed out crysis. Reply
  • B3an - Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - link

    It can play Crysis maxed out. If this thing can get 38FPS (playable) on "gamer quality" at 2560 res with 4xAA then it can certainly run crysis maxed out at the way lower 1080p res.

    The 480 that i owned could do this. And one of my 5870's can also do it...but with no AA.
    Reply
  • limonovich - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    more like gtx 485 Reply
  • Sihastru - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    And what would you call the 6870/6850? Reply
  • Goty - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    The 6870 and 6850 since there were real architectural changes and there are still faster cards to come. Reply

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