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PNY GeForce GTX 580
Member Name: ZakFenning
PNY GeForce GTX 580
Advantages: Very Powerful card, can play any game, and edit video at lightning speeds only bested by the GTX 590
Disadvantages: Possibly uses too much power for some users' liking
The GTX 580 is a beast, aside from its older brother the 590, it is the most powerful consumer graphics card on the planet.
I use it for video editing and playing games. Using an open-GL enabled editing software, this card can handle multiple streams of AVCHD, applying many complex colour grading and other effects all faster than realtime. The editing potential of this card is stunning, it is more cost effective than buying a Quadro.
The GTX 580 can run any game. Yes it can play Crysis. The card is capable of full settings on any game, as long as your CPU and other PC specifications are up to it. For instance, overclocking my i7 920 from base to 3.8GHz causes insane boosts in performance. If your game is not running, it is not the fault of the card.
I run two monitors, one full HD, and the other 1680x1050, both run smoothly. I have seen this card output to a 22" full HD monitor in 3D playing various top titles, and never dropping below 60 frames per second. This card truly is a beast.
For those enthusiasts with see through cases, rest assured this card looks awesome.
Heat and Power
I have never measured the temperature accurately, however it is useful to note that having used the machine for hours on end, playing games, editing films, and for casual use, I can open the chassis and remove the card with my bare hands and not get burnt.
I attended the release of this card hosted by Scan and Nvdia in Bolton in 2010, where three GTX 580's were linked in SLi mode in a chassis with one side removed in order to demonstrate the new Vapor-X cooling method. The cards, packed tightly together in a small space, were cool. Heat is not a problem with this card.
Moving from an HD 4850 to a GTX 580 in the same system, I notice a power increase of approximately 50 Watts at idle, and up to 120 Watts at maximum capacity; 330 Watts maximum for the entire system. For me this is acceptable due to the increased productivity of the card, however it may not be viable for all users.
Anything to be aware of?
The GTX 580 requires two power cables, an eight pin and a six pin to molar connection; the eight pin can be a hassle as the oddly shaped ones can be hard to find online. Cables should be supplied with the card. If not, check your motherboard box for these cables, they should be there.
Summary: Best sub-£700 card on the market, performs like a Quadro when editing
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