Reviews

Reviews

"NVIDIA claims the GTX 580 is the fastest DX11 GPU on the planet. With a bold statement like that, NVIDIA had better hope it really is when gaming; not just commanding leads in canned benchmarks. We can say with the utmost certainty that our gaming has proven this claim to be correct. In all of our DX11 gaming, the GeForce GTX 580 came out on top, delivering the highest framerates, and the best gameplay experience. In F1 2010 the GTX 580 consistently had the highest framerates. In Civ5 the GeForce GTX 580 had a superior gameplay experience, and faster performance than both video cards. In Metro 2033 and BC2 this lead continued, and the GeForce GTX 580 offered higher performance."
“NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 video card has better performance, makes less noise, runs cooler and draws less power than the GTX 480. We honestly love this card. GeForce GTX 580 was great and we constantly saw double digit performance gains in many of the games and applications that we benchmarked. Overclocking performance was also good as we were able to get another ~10% or so from a card that was already at the top of the performance charts for single GPU performance.”
“NVIDIA continues to dominate in the world of the high-end GPU - the GTX 480 was never really challenged (thanks to the consistently higher prices on the HD 5970) and the new GeForce GTX 580 just extends that lead in the single-GPU market to further bounds.  NVIDIA is also hoping that the improved performance per watt and improved noise levels also mean that both consumers and media are less likely to harp on it for architectural deficiencies.  The truth is that if you want the highest performing graphics card on the market for today and tomorrow's games, then the GeForce GTX 580 looks like your best choice.” 
"GeForce GTX 580] performance is simply biblical for a single GPU card across a large cross section of today’s most demanding games and it seems to have plenty left in the tank for future games as well."
“On the whole, the GeForce GTX 580 delivers on much of what it promises. Power draw is reduced versus the GTX 480, at least at idle, and the card runs cooler while generating less noise than its predecessor. Performance is up substantially, between about 10 and 20%, depending on the application, which is more than enough to cement the GTX 580's position as the fastest single-GPU graphics card on the planet.”
“NVIDIA likes to heavily promote their tessellation performance advantage over AMD’s Cypress and Barts architectures, as it’s by far the single biggest difference between them and AMD. Not surprisingly the GTX 400/500 series does well here, and between those cards the GTX 580 enjoys a 15% advantage in the DX11 tessellation sample, while Heaven is a bit higher at 18% since Heaven is a full engine that can take advantage of the architectural improvements in GF110.”
“When you immerse yourself into battle you will need a battle tank that will perform and take advantage of what DirectX 11 can offer and that battle tank is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580. It is the most powerful single GPU video card developed to date.”
“At this point, the card has the ability to clock a little better than my reference GTX 480 and is quieter. Both are wins in my book. What you get with the GTX 580 is the 'Bionic Man' version of the GTX 480 that has been rebuilt to be stronger, faster, quieter and cooler running - that can play any game out there and defend its territory with impunity.”
“In most of my tests, the GeForce GTX 580 handily beat AMD's Radeon 5870 GPU, with the exception of the Far Cry 2 Action benchmark, which is more CPU-bottlenecked. As expected, the card didn't suffer much of a performance drop when AA was maxed out, though tessellation did cause a drop in frame rates in Metro 2033. H.A.W.X 2 actually suffered no performance drop between DX9 and DX11 modes, which is a good indication that console ports can be improved for PC without much of a FPS hit. I look forward to game developers adding tessellation to their ports to make PC the preferred way to play those games.”
“To put it bluntly, the GeForce GTX 580 is without question the fastest, single-GPU on the planet at this point… the GeForce GTX 580 is between 30% and 50% faster than AMD's current flagship, single-GPU, the Radeon HD 5870 in actual game tests. Take the synthetic tests like Unigine into account and the GTX 580 can be up to twice as fast.”
“HAWX 2 uses tessellation in an extreme way, but the result is gorgeously rendered, near-photorealistic landscapes. Fermi’s ability to tessellate and render down to very small meshes plays very well in this test. Metro 2033 was also interesting, mostly because of how poorly the single GPU Radeon HD 5870 fared. This result was repeatable, and we’re not quite sure what’s going on, since the newer HD 6870 managed a reasonable, if low score.  In most of the rest of the benchmarks, the GTX 580 gave the dual GPU Radeon HD 5970 a run for its money, either winning outright or coming very close.”
“For now, the GeForce GTX 580 has dethroned the champ the GTX 480 by margins of 10-25% depending on the benchmark and is the fastest currently available single chip video card on the market deserving of an Editor’s Choice.”
“NVIDIA took the performance crown earlier this year, and it's obvious that they intend to keep it. In this editor's opinion the GTX 580 is one kick ass wicked fast card that deserves a home in every serious PC gamer's computer.“
“[The GTX 580] provides an ultra-enthusiast product that not only delivers the requisite horsepower, but the luxury use experience the high-end consumer desires.”
“Taking all aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 into consideration, there's really a lot more to like about the Fermi architecture now. The GF110 graphics processor finally has its priorities straight, and the dramatically efficient power consumption levels have reduced heat output to their lowest level in many years, [along with] performance results the enthusiast community can finally appreciate, and thermal output everyone can be grateful for. These are all impressive enhancements to the series…”
“The GTX 580 also offers higher clock frequencies for the GPU, Shader clock, and memory clock frequencies, allowing the gamers to squeeze even more performance out of the GPU during gaming on high resolutions and graphics settings. But that's not all. The best part of the GTX 580 is that NVIDIA was able to pull off all of this while also redesigning their cooler to use a vapor design for better cooling potential and a very quiet gaming environment. The video card does not run hotter because of the quieter design. In fact, it is actually able to perform much cooler than the previous GTX 480 under load. NVIDIA has truly managed to bring us the fastest GPU on the planet, while also maintaining reasonable noise levels and temperatures on their card.”
“With the full amount of CUDA cores now available, and a retail price of $499, the GTX 580 is an exceptional product that raises the bar when it comes to single GPU performance. The GTX 580 is worthy successor to the GTX 480, and as such is earning our highest award.”
“In our tests, the GTX 580 was roughly 20 to 30 percent faster than the GTX 480 (already quite a fast card) while drawing significantly less power; it's quieter, too. We couldn't be happier with its performance. [With GeForce GTX 580], NVIDIA has managed an impressive feat. An unwieldy titan was reforged, delivering a component that outpaces the competition, and earns the vaunted "world's fastest" moniker.”
“The NVIDIA Fermi architecture is impressive and flexible and it does translate to performance in gaming. And their multi-GPU SLI scaling for newer games is very impressive. We also like the direction they are heading in with their simplified installations of the GeForce 260 drivers.”
“Given that we heard the news from AMD's partners about the delayed launch of Radeon HD 6900, it just may as well be that the GTX580 ends the 2010 as the fastest single GPU graphics card on the planet.”