The Bottom Line
Jul 24 2011 - It's clear that the fastest graphics cards on the market today are the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 and AMD Radeon HD 6990. But with short supply and a hefty price tag (over $700), these video cards are out of reach to many. If you are still craving a fast GPU with overclocking potential for under $500, the EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB graphics card is top buy.
- Extremely Fast
- Ability to Overclock
- 384-Bit Memory Bandwidth
- Power Consumption
- PCI Express 2.0 x16
- 772 MHz Core Clock
- 1544 MHz Shader Clock
- 4008 MHz Effective Memory Clock
- 512 CUDA Cores
- 1536 MB of GDDR5 Memory
- 384-bit Memory Interface
- 2560 x 1600 Max Resolution
- CUDA, PhysX, SLI, 3D Vision, PureVideo HD, OpenGL 4.1 Support
- 1 Mini HDMI, 2 DVI Ports
- Minimum 600 Watt Power Supply
- 10.5" x 4.38"
Review - EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB GDDR5 Video Card
The EVGA GeForce GTX 580 is a dual-slot video card geared for high performance PC gaming enthusiasts. At one time, this robust video card topped the charts in speed but has recently taken a back seat to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 and AMD Radeon HD 6990. However, this has made the GTX 580 slightly more affordable with product rebates and incentives. At the time of publication, the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB GDDR5 graphics card can be found for $450, which is still quite expensive but not nearly as costly as the fastest models on the market.
For under $500, you get a powerful Fermi PCI-Express graphics card that uses 6 pin and 8 pin power connectors. You'll need at least a 600 watt power supply to run this high performance card so be aware. Installing the card and the 275.33 drivers was very easy with no hiccups.
The specifications on this card are quite impressive, and the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 did not disappoint in real world testing. The GTX 580 offers 512 CUDA cores and a super fast 384-bit memory interface (most high performance cards have a 256-bit memory interface). The core clock runs at 772MHz stock, while the shader clock is 1554MHz. These speeds can, of course, be overclocked if you so choose. And while a 3GB version of the GTX 580 was recently announced, the 1.5GB EVGA model I tested was plenty fast as evidenced in the benchmarks below. I was able to run a variety of titles at maxed out settings, including intensive games, such as Crysis 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
All benchmarks were achieved using 1920x1080 resolution and the FRAPS utility.
Alice: Madness Returns
Anti-Alias: On, 3D Stereo: On, Motion Blur: On, Post Process: On, Dynmaic Shadows: On, PhysX: High
- Minimum FPS: 30
- Maximum FPS: 32
- Average FPS: 31.001
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Level of Detail: High, Texture Quality: High, Shadow Quality: High, Effects Quality: High, Anti-Aliasing: 32x CSAA, Anisotrophic Filter: 16x, VSYNC: Off, HBAO: Off
- Minimum FPS: 77
- Maximum FPS: 118
- Average: 97.026
System Spec: Ultra, DirectX 11: Enabled, High Res Texture Pack, VSYNC: Off
- Minimum FPS: 38
- Maximum FPS: 75
- Average: 60.472
Dungeon Siege III
Anisotropic Filtering: On, 1920x1080 @ 60Hz Resolution, Insane Shadow Quality, High Texture Quality, High Shader Quality, High Visual Effects Quality
- Minimum FPS: 85
- Maximum FPS: 120
- Average FPS: 104.69
As you can see, even at maxed out settings each game offered above and beyond playable frame rates. Crysis 2 is a GPU-intensive game, and even with Ultra settings and the high resolution texture pack installed, the EVGA GTX 580 was able to run the game with ease. Although I tested the card out using 1920x1080 resolution, the GTX 580 supports up to 2560x1600.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 also makes a phenomenal card for an SLI configuration, and it supports the latest technologies, including PhysX, CUDA, and NVIDIA 3D Vision. Overall, if you can afford a card of this caliber and aren't concerned with power consumption it's a great component. It has no trouble powering through the latest DirectX 11 titles even at the highest settings.