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Asus GeForce GTX 580 review

£405.28 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Asus

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Asus presents a factory-overclocked version of the nVidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics card, in a bid to retain the performance crown.

The Asus GeForce GTX 580 graphics card is a factory-overclocked version of the nVidia GeForce GTX 580, launched in a bid to retain the performance crown.

Our colleagues at PC World India put the Asus GeForce GTX 580 graphics card through its paces in their benchmarking labs. Here's how the GTX 580 got on.

Asus GeForce GTX 580 performance

To prevent bottle-necks as much as possible, the test-bed consisted of an Intel Core i7 965 processor, Intel DX58SO motherboard, Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, 3GB of Kingston DDR3-2000MHz HyperX RAM, Tagan BZ-1300W PSU and Windows 7 Ultimate. We used the latest driver available at the time of testing for the Asus GeForce GTX 580 - nVidia ForceWare v262.99 WHQL.

The graphs here show only performance numbers as seen at the default speeds set by Asus, and selected from a wider set of tests conducted. To put the results in context and help you compare, we juxtapose its benchmark scores with two other top-end graphics cards. These are the previous generation card, MSI GeForce GTX 480 Lightning, and the dual-GPU Radeon 5970 from the opposing camp.

Below is a graph of how the Asus GeForce GTX 580 graphics card fared in synthetic benchmarks:

Asus GeForce GTX 580 performance charts

Asus GeForce GTX 580 performance charts

Below is a graph of the Asus GeForce GTX 580's gaming performance seen in higher-end usage patterns.

Asus GeForce GTX 580 performance charts

Among the top-end cards chosen for temperature comparison, the Asus GTX 580 ran relatively cool in normal gaming patterns. However, FurMark pushes it to the brink such that the temperature cut-off kicks in, so you see such a high temperature at full load. Notably, the Asus GeForce GTX 580 refused to become as noisy as the other cards, preferring to run a higher temperature instead (which we presume it is engineered to tolerate for long periods of time).

Asus GeForce GTX 580 performance charts

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1.5GB GDDR5 video RAM
782MHz core clock speed
1,002MHz memory clock speed
384bit memory interface
DirectX 11
shader model 5.0
mini-HDMI-out
dual DVI
3-year warranty
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Priced competitively at £399 and friendly to overclockers, the Asus GeForce GTX 580 is an obvious choice for those building a new gaming machine. If you've already got a high-end gaming machine, with a graphics card of the class of a GeForce GTX 480 or dual Radeon 5870s in CrossFire, upgrading to the GeForce 580 is a tougher decision - it may be worth waiting to see what the Radeon 6970 has to offer.

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