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Sep 25, 2011

GeForce GTX 580 Classified Are EVGA's Latest Overclocking Beasts

The market for video controllers has just become slightly bigger now that EVGA has completed its latest high-end, overclocking-friendly controllers, based on NVIDIA's reference GTX 580.

There are already a myriad of video cards selling around the world, but this is never a deterrent for companies that deal in such things.

EVGA proved this just well now, having completed its newest couple of high-grade boards.

The newcomers are versions of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580, the best single-GPU card that the Santa Clara, California-based outfit has at the moment.

The company didn't cut any corners when it made them, even if this did lead to the air-cooled one selling for $550 / $600 (407 / 444 Euro) and the liquid cooled ones for $680 / $730 (504 / 541 Euro).

The plural is used because there are two of each type, with memory capacities of 1.5 GB and 3 GB, respectively.

The former have a dual-slot fansink with a fan whose diameter is of 8 cm, while the latter have a full-cover waterblock with a 0.6mm thin-pin matrix.

Needless to say, the watercooled cards are the ones better suited for serious overclocking tasks, though the air-cooled ones aren't too far behind.

The rest of their specifications are quite identical, from the clocks to the special components (over-sized PCB, NEC Proadlizer capacitors, voltage probe points, 3 MHz shielded inductors, EVBot connector for on-the-fly overclocking, etc.).

512 CUDA cores are present on each, as are clocks of 855 MHz and 1710 MHz for the GPU and shaders, respectively. The VRAM is clocked at 4,212 MHz.

"With the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified, we focused on the key elements that the GPU and Memory need when overclocking. Power, stability, noise ripple reduction and extreme OC mode without limits. The design was created with overclocking in mind," said Illya "TiN" Tsemenko.


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