|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 Classifed Basic Details
Gone are the days of boring plain green PCB boards for video cards, instead each card is designed to be a piece of artwork inside of a user's case, while at the same time working to dissipate all of the heat it creates. EVGA did a great job covering both of these bases with the GTX 580 Classified with its sleek black exterior and large 8cm blower fan that is being used.
While many companies used unique color schemes or very flashy graphics to attempt to differentiate themselves EVGA went the completely opposite directions with its Classified card and instead opted for a matte black finish. At the same time the EVGA has ordained the top with its unique Classified logo further setting itself apart from other GTX 580's on the market.
EVGA designed the Classified for extreme overclocking, and from the start you can see this heritage come out. With 2 x 8 pin and 1 x 6 pin the Classified is designed to take over 1000w of power for the most extreme overclocking possible. At the same time EVGA provided pin outs allowing users to accurately check the voltages being used by the card during extreme situations.
From the rear you can see that EVGA has installed a high flow bracket on the Classified to help let out some of the heat that the overclocked GF110 generates. At the same time the extra-large cover used allows some heat to be dissipated into a user's case and in the case of the Silverstone Raven 2 straight out of the exhaust ports that are located at the top of the case. EVGA has included two dual link DVI ports and a port for a EVBot to connect to which allows overclockers to make on-the-fly adjustments to voltages and clock frequency.
From the bottom of the Classified you can start to see some of the changes that EVGA has made to help with overclocking. Along with the extra wide PCB board there is also a NEC/TOKIN capacitor, and all of the connections used for the VRM's that EVGA used on the Classified.