TechSpot: Asus GeForce GTX 580 review

Staring down the barrel of AMD's Radeon 6900 series which is reportedly due next month, Nvidia has decided to fire the first shot. Fermi is back with vengeance, introducing the new GF110-based GeForce GTX 580.

Despite its new naming scheme, the GeForce GTX 580 is basically a refined GTX 480. When it launched back in spring, the GeForce GTX 480 was not the product Nvidia intended. It was light on streaming multiprocessor cores and TAUs (Texture Addressing Units), packing only 480 of 512 possible cores and 60 out of 64 potential TAUs. The GeForce GTX 580 features all 512 SMs and 64 TAUs along with a few other tweaks that should make the new graphics card even more potent in titles that make heavy use of tessellation such as Metro 2033.

Nvidia also claims the GeForce GTX 580 runs cooler and quieter than the GeForce GTX 480 while delivering better performance. That's an exciting prospect for gamers, so we look forward to put this board through its paces.

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Can someone explain me why does the Radeon cards beats the Geforce cards when they have maxed out settings. This means x16 AF x4AA, while the Geforce cards, when they both have only turned on the x4AA cards, are superior? (I'm talking about the 5970 vs the 580, and on Direct X11)

Jose_49 said,
Can someone explain me why does the Radeon cards beats the Geforce cards when they have maxed out settings. This means x16 AF x4AA, while the Geforce cards, when they both have only turned on the x4AA cards, are superior? (I'm talking about the 5970 vs the 580, and on Direct X11)

5970 is dual GPU card from last generation which is now being priced lower before 69x0 is dropped and until then is AMD's flagship card as is this now nvidias flag ship card.

Why does it beat them ? simply because it has more raw power having two chips instead of one.

AMD have nvidia by the balls at the moment so only thing can hope for from them is cheap prices, but being nvidia it's unlikely. The new 6000 series cards improve on previous generation ones with better tesselation performance now catching up where fermi had slight upper hand. So yeah.

Digitalx said,

5970 is dual GPU card from last generation which is now being priced lower before 69x0 is dropped and until then is AMD's flagship card as is this now nvidias flag ship card.

Why does it beat them ? simply because it has more raw power having two chips instead of one.

AMD have nvidia by the balls at the moment so only thing can hope for from them is cheap prices, but being nvidia it's unlikely. The new 6000 series cards improve on previous generation ones with better tesselation performance now catching up where fermi had slight upper hand. So yeah.


Hehhehe, thanks for the quick tip. So also you are saying that the new 6970, will be even more powerful than the 5970? I know is a tweaked version, but if they reduce the price cost, improve tessellation, power consumption, and heat, I believe that will be a win - win.

Just a heads up about dual chip cards, they are inherently more pain and more error prone and only really fly for performance when the drivers have enabled the specific games support. Also remember most reviews disable physx etc stupidly which does have a factor in performance.

Jose_49 said,

Hehhehe, thanks for the quick tip. So also you are saying that the new 6970, will be even more powerful than the 5970? I know is a tweaked version, but if they reduce the price cost, improve tessellation, power consumption, and heat, I believe that will be a win - win.

the 6990 (the next dual chip card) will be more powerful then the 5970, yes. It will be a beast of a card but as usual carry a price tag to go with it.

ZeroHour said,
Just a heads up about dual chip cards, they are inherently more pain and more error prone and only really fly for performance when the drivers have enabled the specific games support. Also remember most reviews disable physx etc stupidly which does have a factor in performance.

Not necessarily, sure without being optimized it would be on-par with single chip card. But just like PhysX being disabled, it's because only one brand or certain games can run it and also it's not always positive in performance. So on as relatively equal terms as can be this is the reality of it.

Digitalx said,

the 6990 (the next dual chip card) will be more powerful then the 5970, yes. It will be a beast of a card but as usual carry a price tag to go with it.

Not necessarily, sure without being optimized it would be on-par with single chip card. But just like PhysX being disabled, it's because only one brand or certain games can run it and also it's not always positive in performance. So on as relatively equal terms as can be this is the reality of it.


Once played Metro 2033 with PhysX on, never turned it off.