Nvidia launches GeForce GTX 580, new community site

By on November 9, 2010, 8:00 AM
Nvidia has rolled out the red carpet for its latest flagship graphics card: the GeForce GTX 580. Touted as the world's fastest DirectX 11 GPU, the company has tweaked its GTX 480 to achieve a 20-30% performance-per-watt increase with a ~10 dbA reduction in noise. Its latest offering is reportedly a hair quieter than the GTX 280 and 285, largely thanks to a redesigned cover, a custom vapor chamber, and a more intelligent fan control algorithm.

The new GeForce GTX 580 packs 512 CUDA cores with a graphics/processor clock of 772/1544MHz, 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory with a 384-bit interface and a data rate of 4.0Gbps. The 10.5-inch, dual-slot card draws a maximum of 244W over one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe connector and carries two DL-DVI outputs with one mini-HDMI port. Nvidia has also added real-time current and voltage monitoring to throttle performance and keep the card within its rated power spec.

Nvidia has worked closely with the developers of Call of Duty: Black Ops (released just today) and H.A.W.X 2, so you can expect those titles to take full advantage of specialized features such as 3D Vision. The GTX 580 should be available immediately from $499, which is about $40 above the GTX 480's current e-tail rate. Nvidia recently lowered prices to combat the Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 and doesn't plan to make any further cuts, but you know how that eventually goes.

We should receive a sample of the GeForce GTX 580 this week, so watch for our full review soon. In the meantime, here are Nvidia's own numbers taken directly from their marketing/press deck, in other words, don't completely rely on these measurements but use them as reference to better understand where this new offering stands. You can also check some reviews hitting the wires today courtesy of Tech Report, Legit Reviews and PC Perspective.

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In addition to shipping its first GTX 500 series graphics card, Nvidia has launched a new community site. GeForce.com is still in beta, but the company hopes it will eventually serve as a centralized resource for Nvidia customers, instead of separate sites like nZone and SLI Zone. Along with relevant hardware and game news, a community forum, and GPU driver downloads, the site will offer a tool to help GeForce owners find optimal graphics settings for video games.

Nvidia believes many people have a difficult time understanding video game performance settings, meaning that they may not be getting the most out of their new graphics card. To make your life a bit easier, the company has individually tested 10 cards and 17 games in 3 different resolutions to find the most optimal settings. Inexperienced users will also be able to have the site scan their GPU, but the OS, CPU and other system specifications aren't detected.

Nvidia shows off how architectural improvements have an impact on performance

The new GeForce GTX 580 should be quieter than previous Nvidia high-end releases





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dustin_ds3000 dustin_ds3000, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

i hope the custom vapor chamber works great. specs look great, i just feel bad for the people of have bought an GTX 480 within the last month

Decimae said:

These images are rather off; they start at 0.80 or something else. That's no problem for noise, sine that is logarithmic, but otherwise they give the wrong impression.

Also, why compare to 5870cf? They should know that GTX480SLI/GTX460SLI/5970CF/6870CF performs better, so the graph gives no proof at all.

The funny thing is that if this is going to continue, NVIDIA/AMD will have their roles switched. AMD will have a good medium level GPU(6870/6850) and NVIDIA will have a good high level GPU(GTX580).

Demons said:

I'm glad that nVidia is finally taking the heat and noise into consideration. This looks to be a very nice card... I just picked up a 460 GTX.... maybe I will have to use my 90-day upgrade to get one of these cards for Christmas!

ChrisG683 said:

I want one now

Gotta find a way to sell my GTX 480...

Breech said:

Cooling solution looks to have come directly from ATI 58XX series, externally of course. I suppose when your previous high end cards were doubling as breakfast griddles it forces you to look elsewhere. I love to see the Nvidia/Ati competition but at this price point it's not going to matter much to me. The real action for many of us is in the midrange. Luckily it looks like the GTX460 vs the new 68XX seems to be going well and prices are reflecting that.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I was soo close to getting a GTX460 but I might just save a little more and get this, unless the TS review says otherwise

Can it play Crysis?

I hope TS add it to the review

hassaan said:

The MSRP is $499, but the average retail price, like it is for every new product, is hiked up. That's the price of early adoption.

Superpeter Superpeter said:

That was quick!!! Nvidia obviously doesn't want to loose any more of the GPU market interest.

dr spock said:

C'mon nvidia, just because you are losing out to AMD atm doesnt mean you have to rig the statistics. Here, I FTFY: [link]

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

Those graphs are made to look realllly good for Nvidia, haha.

TeamworkGuy2 said:

burty117 said:

Can it play Crysis?

Yes, definitely. Although "play" is a disputable term...

It probably can't pull 60 fps in Crysis Warhead @ 2560 x 1600.

I am quite excited to see the true benchmarks from TSF.

Jibberish18 said:

Can someone please explain the #'s on the left? What am I looking at here? I'm use to framerate.

raventrickster said:

And another problem, the charts they're using are comparing to AMD's upper mid range, not their comparable top of the line card. I'd like to see this compared to a 5970 for a real comparison. And that said, even if it's beating that now, AMD is just around the corner with it's new high end release in the 69xx series cards. I'll wait to see real benchmarks from an independent source before I would consider this the new fastest card. Of course, practically speaking most of the money being spent will be in the mid range, which AMD has solidly locked up.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

So glad I purchased my 480's from evga. UPGRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TwiztidSef said:

@Jibberish18 Those numbers represent the percentage that the new cards can reach. Basically the GTX480s are all at 1.00(control). So the other bars show how much more powerful the new features make the new cards with various benchmarks and games. According to this, the max looks to be 30%. Looks like most graphs here use that format.

Sounds like Nvidia is making progress. I still prefer AMD/ATI but at this rate, I may switch back.

ruzveh said:

There is no word on power consumption? It defines the efficiency

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'll wait for the reviews. Of course you're going to get the best propaganda from either manufacturer upon the release of a new card. Especially when they're claiming to be at the top of the heap again.

mikeusru said:

Lol, very sneaky Y axis usage from Nvidia there. At first glance I just figured the data was bogus, but upon further examination I realized that they are just sly like that.

Sooo.... when are we expecting the GTX560 then?

taea00 said:

This thing looks insane. Once again I'll wait for the 3rd party reviewers to get their hands on this. Besides it's one thing to show a bunch of impressive numbers and a totally different thing to actually use one. I'd really like some outside impressions on this card before I get reallyc razy about it.

edison5do said:

Well now lets wait till TS post a review... now in these days one ofe the few places where you can trust a review is TS, i dont belive any other causethey differr in some way pulling for some company side...

I know the reviw is on the way.. is'nt?

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Am I the only one getting tired of the whole "but can it play Crysis?" spiel? =/

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Good for nVidia that at last they've been able to produce what they initially set out to, now that out of the way, I think people who want the best and fastest in their rigs, probably be better served once comparative reviews of newer offerings from both players come out.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

there's always one (or three)

These images are rather off; they start at 0.80 or something else. That's no problem for noise, sine that is logarithmic, but otherwise they give the wrong impression.

Wow! How disgusting......

Those graphs are made to look realllly good for Nvidia, haha.

...I'm sure that AMD...

Lol, very sneaky Y axis usage from Nvidia there. At first glance I just figured the data was bogus, but upon further examination I realized that they are just sly like that.

...would never do something so sly

Now we've finished serving the chow at the childrens table...

i hope the custom vapor chamber works great.

Bit-tech say 55C under gaming load

I'll wait for the reviews. Of course you're going to get the best propaganda from either manufacturer upon the release of a new card. Especially when they're claiming to be at the top of the heap again.

[H]OCP - I don't think you can put Kyle Bennett into the "propaganda" subset

Tom's Hardware - used to be quite pro-nvidia, these days treads a more balanced line.

Hardware.fr (Googlish)- one of the most impartial and thorough review sites on the net.

also...

Hilbert's (Guru3D) GTX 580 and SLI reviews for maximum enthusiasm for any hardware release.

Ryan Shrout's PC Perspective review - another reviewer of the respected variety....and of course Anand.

There's also the bIt-tech review I linked to earlier in the post, as well as the TPU review (and SLI ) that I linked to in a previous thread.

I don't think you can say you're starved of information.

See you back here for comments and cake afterwards...

samironsy said:

v.nice but price steel little problem but what tha card is insane

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

ruzveh said:

There is no word on power consumption? It defines the efficiency

Maybe you should read the article?

In Article:

The new GeForce GTX 580 packs 512 CUDA cores with a graphics/processor clock of 772/1544MHz, 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory with a 384-bit interface and a data rate of 4.0Gbps. The 10.5-inch, dual-slot card draws a maximum of 244W over one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe connector and carries two DL-DVI outputs with one mini-HDMI port. Nvidia has also added real-time current and voltage monitoring to throttle performance and keep the card within its rated power spec.

Sounds ok power wise to me? somehow, it sounds like Nvidia has finally picked its heels up.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That some of you are surprised by Nvidia releasing charts that favor themselves is perplexing. Every company puts a spin on whatever they release no matter the quality. Thankfully when it comes to PC hardware there are an abundance of sites that cover the releases so we should be pretty informed. And hopefully we can add Mr. Waltons review to that list as soon as possible. But with all the leaks over the past couple weeks I don't think anything in the reviews about the GTX 580 came as a surprise performance wise, at least to me.

dividebyzero said:

Bit-tech say 55C under gaming load

Those load temperatures seem pretty generous at least from other reviews I've read so far, nevertheless whatever temperatures hold to be more accurate they seem to be an improvement over the GTX 480.

SilverCider said:

dividebyzero said:

Bit-tech say 55C under gaming load

Those load temperatures seem pretty generous at least from other reviews I've read so far, nevertheless whatever temperatures hold to be more accurate they seem to be an improvement over the GTX 480.

Bit-tech have shown delta values for the temperature. So the 55C is above ambient (room) temperature, which is a lot better than the GTX480.

From what I read so far the GTX580 consumes around the same power under load as the GTX480, but performs around 15-20% (rough approx from reading benchmarks) better on average, whilst staying quite a bit cooler and quieter.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Am I the only one getting tired of the whole "but can it play Crysis?" spiel? =/

Sometimes it's funny when well placed.

The problem for me is not the price - pricing is decent for the performance. My problem is still with power requirements. I wouldn't put a pair of these on my PSU, but I would feel safe putting a pair of 5970s on my current PSU.

peterbezemer said:

this is the 'Fermi done right', hope there will also be a 560 soon, Nvidia is back :-)

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

SilverCider said:

Bit-tech have shown delta values for the temperature.

Should have read the article, thanks for clarifying that seems more inline with others I've read today.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

My problem is still with power requirements. I wouldn't put a pair of these on my PSU, but I would feel safe putting a pair of 5970s on my current PSU.

Maybe a current PSU with more current might be in order then. Personally I can't think of a worse highend setup than crossfired HD5970's. Scaling is all over the place and the driver profiles for this setup are inconsistant to say the least. With the intoduction of the 6000 series I would find it difficult to believe that fixing the broken profiles or updating in future is of the highest priority for Terry Makedon and the rest if there is a rest) of AMD's driver team.

DKRON said:

Did anyone notice how they didn't compair it to the 5970? i think that card would still be faster

Zecias said:

im confused because everyone has been saying that until now, nvidia has been getting beat by amd.

i thought that nvidia had the best GPUs for cheaper price, better drivers, and in general, is compatible with more games.

am i wrong?

sMILEY4ever said:

I love how they made the charts. Real pro stuff.

DKRON said:

Nvidia are purely made for gaming, amd can be used to video encode and other things, more a multipurpose GPU

Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

supersmashbrada said:

So glad I purchased my 480's from evga. UPGRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will they switch them out for free, or do you have to pay for the upgrade?

princeton princeton said:

dkron said:

Did anyone notice how they didn't compair it to the 5970? i think that card would still be faster

Actually if you check out the review at maximumpc

[link]

the 580 and 5970 are pretty much neck and neck. Here's the difference, the HD 5970 relies on crossfire scaling which although usually works well is not as good as SLi. The 5970 is also larger and performs poorer in heavily tessellated games. And I can assure you that games using tessellation are on their way.

It's all really preferences and brand loyalty for the most part though.

princeton princeton said:

sMILEY4ever said:

I love how they made the charts. Real pro stuff.

I love how you blatantly ignore the comment that dividebyzero made. Ignorance at its best.

UT66 said:

250W? i rather buy an electric scooter

[link]

KG363 KG363 said:

I think it can play crysis.

Maybe fermi is what it's cracked up to be?

Legendle2007 said:

Lol these graphs are somewhat misleading...

princeton princeton said:

Legendle2007 said:

Lol these graphs are somewhat misleading...

Ati does it too. There's probably a technical reason behind it though.

blimp01 said:

this thing scales great with 2 cards

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

There's no technical reason behind it - it's to trick people without lying. A lot of people glance at the graphs without paying close attention to the smaller details.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

What's with the labelling these days? The new cards from Nvidia and ATI aren't really much of an improvement at all. At least not like the 2x improvement in generations of old.

Razerblade said:

How much more power is this going to use compared to the AMD 6970HD? Will be interesting to see these 2 going head to head. It does look impressive but I haven't got the money/system to run one of those babies!

Puiu Puiu said:

With aggressive pricing and good performance the 6970 should be able make this beast at least drop it price (a lot).

PS: they need to make the 570 draw a lot less power. 580's is still way up there.

compu4 said:

According to the Tech Report, the power consumption is actually slightly higher than that of the GTX 480 (Depending on the workload) and it is only one decibel quieter under load.

I can't say that I'm impressed.

compu4 said:

According to the Tech Report, the power consumption is actually slightly higher than that of the GTX 480 (Depending on the workload) and it is only one decibel quieter under load.

I can't say that I'm impressed.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

madboyv1 said:

Am I the only one getting tired of the whole "but can it play Crysis?" spiel? =/

god yes i am crysis is probably the worst coded game of the decade and thats the only reason systems cant play it on another note if you have a gtx 480 or 5870 there is nothing to get excited about in these new top end cards just wait till the next round of cards then it will be worth upgrading.

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