The GTX 580 is just a beast of a card when it comes to overall performance. I'm not too sure why NVIDIA didn't want to send us one. By not sending us one at launch the score of the overall card just dropped because we would've had N/A for Availability. Instead, because it took us a few weeks to get one and stock seems to be quite bad, we had to drop the Availability score a fair bit.
Outside of that, though, we again talk about the performance which is just awesome, and cranking the core up to 900MHz yields even more performance. Sure, the power jumps up a bit; so does the noise and overall heat, but you're just dealing with a massive amount of performance here.
Seeing those massive numbers again disappoint us a little when it comes to multi monitor support. This is a fast card that becomes even faster when we overclock it. This could've been a great card, though, if it offered multi monitor support and the price was a little more aggressive.
Once you've spent the money and have the card in your system, you're not going to be disappointed because stock doesn't matter since you have it. And who cares about the money, because it's already gone. All that really matters is the performance and in that scenario this is just a fantastic card.
Some people might say you don't need this kind of power, but with the resolutions we can game at and the detail levels we can create, no single card offers us a 60 FPS average in every situation, which means we can make use of the power.
Single monitor, massive resolution and high detail levels are where this card is aimed at and it covers those areas extremely well. If you have the need, the need for speed and you have no interest in multi GPU setups, as of this moment this is the card to own!
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- Page 3 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
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- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Final Fantasy XIV]
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- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - PhysX Tests]
- Page 15 [Temperature Test]
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- Page 18 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
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