VIDIA response to AMD, the GeForce GTX580 has been out and ZOTAC sent us across their card for review earlier last month. The GeForce GTX580 looks almost identical to the older GeForce GTX480. Internally, there are improvements to the cooler. The GTX580 GPU has 512 CUDA cores and runs at 772MHz and 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory. On the rear end of the card, there are two DVI ports and a mini-HDMI port.

The card's power consumption peaks at 244W and it get that power through a 8-pin and a 6-pin power connector. All the upgraded specs means that the performance has improved. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX580 gave a 3DMark Van*tage score of 22,817. Perform*ance at resolutions of around 1920x1200 show great results. It doesn't match up to the Radeon 5970 either, which dual*GPU card. The perform*ance improvements over the GTX480 range to from 10 to 20 per cent. So in totality, the GTX580 isn't miles ahead of the GTX480 as some might have expected.

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In fact, it feels like an improvement, just like the GeForce 9 series was somewhat of an optimization of the GeForce 8. Power require*ments are slightly lower and operating temperatures seem better. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX580 sells for ~31,000. The bundle includes a Prince of Persia - The Forgotten Sands game. At that price, it's a little more than the GTX480. It's appropriately priced if you compare the performance with the GTX480. If you're building an extreme high-end gaming rig, it's worth considering two of these cards for SLI. A single card should suffice for a gaming

GeForce GTX580
Core Speed: 772 MHz CUDA Cores: 512 Memory: 1536 MB GDDR5