The Zotac GeForce GTX 580 is Zotac's take on what nVidia is marketing as the most powerful single-core graphics card. Can nVidia's trump card beat AMD's offering in the form of the Radeon HD 6970? Let's find out.
The Zotac GeForce GTX580 has a core clocked at 772MHz and 1.5GB of GDDR5 RAM. The GTX 580 also has 512 shaders and a memory bandwidth of 384bit. If you've seen other Zotac cards, then you will know what the GTX 580 looks like. Apart from the flashy stickers, the card's heatsink is completely covered by a plastic case that also has a fan embedded in it.
Zotac has given the GeForce GTX 580 a few ports to connect to a display. The GTX 580 has two DVI ports and a single mini HDMI port - but, surprisingly, no Display Ports. Considering the rising popularity of Display Ports on monitors, it's surprising that Zotac didn't include them. Apart from heat vent grills, the top of the card also hosts a six-pin and an eight-pin power input port, meaning that you will need at least a 600W PSU to run it.
Like other Zotac bundles, the GTX 580 come quite packed with extra accessories, connectors, manuals and the like. A cool added bonus is the full version of the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands PC game.
Zotac Geforce GTX 580: Performance
Our colleagues at PC World India put the Zotac Geforce GTX 580 through its paces in their testing labs.
We ran the Zotac Geforce GTX 580 through our benchmark tests on a platform comprising of an Intel X58 motherboard, a Quad Core Intel Core i7 965 processor, 12GB of RAM in triple channel and a 40GB Intel SSD, all powered by a 1300W Tagan BZ Series PSU with Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.
Our benchmark tests comprised of three loop runs of 3D Mark Vantage, 3D Mark 11 and Unigine 2.0. Our gaming tests comprised of three loop runs of Metro 2033, Crysis and Far Cry 2. Below are the GTX 580's scores:
From the tests above, it becomes clear that not only does the Zotac GeForce GTX 580 perform better than the single-core AMD Radeon HD 6970 but it also leaves the dual-core AMD Radeon HD 5970 behind, confirming nVidia's claim of it being the fastest single GPU consumer graphics card in the market today.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 580 also impresses with its performance in tests that focused on DirectX 11 such as Unigine 2.0 and Metro 2033.
Now let's look at what temperatures the Zotac GeForce GTX 580 racked up when we stressed it using FurMark:
As the above graph shows, the Zotac GeForce GTX 580 temperature levels were reasonable when compared to the AMD cards. The GTX 580 also ran silently, so full marks to it in the usability column.
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