Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 'Super Overclock' Reviewed

By on August 9, 2011, 4:07 AM

Factory overclocked graphics cards are nothing new and the GTX 580 GPU has been around for months now, but Gigabyte claims to have the world's fastest GTX 580. Noteworthy competitors include MSI's N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC, which operates at 800MHz, Zotac's AMP2! ZT-50104-10P, which pushes the GPU to 815MHz, and eVGA's DS Superclocked 797MHz card.

With most board partners scared to push the 244w GTX 580 far beyond its reference spec, we were surprised when Gigabyte announced its solution which treads on deeper water than the competition dares to.

The Gigabyte GTX 580 SOC operates at 855MHz or about double the overclock of Asus and Zotac's cards. For what appears to be a justifiable $35 premium over Nvidia's already steep $500 suggested retail price, they are adding a new PCB design and upgraded cooler. Let's take a closer look before slamming the card with our battery of performance tests…

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I would still rather a GTX570, the price is a bit more bareable.

Guest said:

The triple fans seems noisy, I wished there were test for measuring noise level with this card. (And I'm really curious)

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Steve Steve said:

Guest said:

The triple fans seems noisy, I wished there were test for measuring noise level with this card. (And I'm really curious)

Its near silent, so there is very little noise which is the idea behind the triple fans.

Guest said:

I have the Gigabyte 570OC with a similar cooler. I love how quiet it is. A huge difference over my loud 295GTX.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

The OC Guru software it comes packaged with is very slick.

So exactly what is the Gigabyte GTX 590 that I see in the benchmarks? I Googled it and received nothing back.

Guest said:

I'd rather spend an extra $100 and buy a hd 6990, it will give much more performance and I can also tolerate the noise.

Guest said:

Too expensive for my wallet, but what impressive low temps.

Guest said:

I've had two SOC series cards (one being 560 running in my current rig) and I don't have a single complaint about them. I could say I'm a fanboi but these reviews prove that I don't have to be.

MilwaukeeMike said:

TomSEA said:

So exactly what is the Gigabyte GTX 590 that I see in the benchmarks? I Googled it and received nothing back.

The 590 and the AMD 6990 are dual GPU cards. here's a link. [link]

I've read a review and they perform about the same as a base GTX 580 in SLI if I remember right, but they're hotter and louder. The 6990 I recall was criticized for being extremely loud, but it was I think deemed the 'fastest' (at highest res) 'single' (even though it has two GPUs) card you could buy, even if it's not very practical.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

So exactly what is the Gigabyte GTX 590 that I see in the benchmarks? I Googled it and received nothing back.

Asus and EVGA have the distribution rights for the GTX 590 in North America. You'll need to go farther afield to find the Gigabyte version (which comes in a tacky tackle-box). Locally (NZ) available here, here, here, here, and here (amongst others)

Nice review Steve. Glad to to such a comprehensive suite of games be benched yet again.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Thanks guys for the 590 info.

Guest said:

funny how they complained about the 1536 Vram size when in fact not a single game in their benchmarks showed that it ran out of memory, and at the same time they praised AMD cards for having more ram, lol.

hey look at me, i got more ram and im better than you even though im trailing by 30fps, lol.

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Steve Steve said:

funny how they complained about the 1536 Vram size when in fact not a single game in their benchmarks showed that it ran out of memory, and at the same time they praised AMD cards for having more ram, lol.

hey look at me, i got more ram and im better than you even though im trailing by 30fps, lol.

From where I am sitting its not half as funny as the guy who doesn't know what he is talking about. Its the resolution more than the game that is the problem for the memory buffer as 2560x1600 and greater maxes it out...

Read this for a better understanding...

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