|EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Monday, 03 October 2011|
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EVGA GTX 580 Classified Video Card Review
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by EVGA.
EVGA designed the GTX 580 Classified to be the ultimate version of what the GTX 580 could be. It was co-designed between EVGA and professional overclockers Vince "k|ngp|n" Lucido, and Illya "TiN" Tsemenko with the single goal to overclock unlike any card out on the market while at the same time looking great, and staying cool. Benchmark Reviews will see if EVGA has perfected the Fermi equation to provide great looks, extraordinary cooling, and extreme overclocking ability.
When NVIDIA introduced the Fermi architecture in April 2010 with the GF104 and the GTX 480 it ran hot, and was very power hungry. Fast forward to November 2010 and NVIDIA is releasing the GTX 580 using the GF110 which uses the same Fermi architecture but now has access to all 16 streaming multiprocessors while at the same time bringing down power consumption and more importantly giving off less heat. Since then many radical designs have been released to help further control heat output but few have been designed from the ground up to set overclocking records.
This is where EVGA comes in with its Classified line for its GTX 580 which was built from the ground up for extreme overclocking using LN2 and Liquid Helium Cooling. EVGA included a 14+3 VRM design, 2 x 8 + 1 x 6 power inputs, a second BIOS developed to deal with the Fermi cold bug, a 8 cm blower fan, and a somewhat redesigned heatsink. To top it off EVGA has also added a generous 73MHz overclock to the core clock bringing the core clock on the Classified to 855Mhz.
Since this is a top of the top of the line card we will only be using the most powerful of benchmarks. With a majority of upcoming titles being designed to take advantage of the DX11 API's Benchmark Reviews will focus on only the most powerful of DX11 benchmarks both synthetic and real world.
EVGA GTX 580 Classified Features
GTX 580 Classified Specifications