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Written by Austin Downing   
Sunday, 02 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video Card
EVGA GTX 580 Classified Basic Details
EVGA GTX 580 Classified Internal Details
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX11: Aliens Vs Predator
DX11: Crysis 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: 3DMark 2011
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.5
EVGA GTX 580 Classified Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
EVGA GTX 580 Classified Final Thoughts

EVGA GTX 580 Classified Final Thoughts

The EVGA GTX 580 Classified is an amazing accomplishment and the final hoora of the Fermi architecture as the Kepler chips are slated to come out sometime Q1 2012. EVGA has definitely designed an overclocking beast and with LN2 have alread passed the 1.6GHz mark. For us mere mortals who just want to use a traditional air cooling EVGA pretty much nailed it, they have the extra cooling the overclockers demand without the negatives of a huge tri-slot card that dumps all of its heat into a user's case

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EVGA GTX 580 Classified Conclusion

With a core clock of 855MHz the Classified provides users with a 4-6% boost in performance out of the box compared to a stock GTX 580. The Classified will easily run almost any game on the market at the highest of settings. Once users start creating SLI configurations they should expect to be able to play most major titles coming out in the ensuing years on the most extreme of settings without much trouble.

Although a personal taste I find the unannounced exterior of the Classified to be gorgeous. When you put the Classified in a case all you see is the military-esk matte black exterior with the beautiful Classified logo to let you know what you are looking at.

The EVGA GTX 580 Classified is very well built with a great amount of thought put into every component used. Even during our stressful Furmark testing in which we drew record amounts of power we did not see any type of graphical glitches. Adding to this is the fact EVGA stands behind their product providing a lifetime warranty should something go wrong during a Classifieds lifetime.

The functionality of the cooler being used with the Classified is amazing providing a 12.4% boost in cooling performance while at the same time creating less noise than a stock GTX 580. Personally I also appreciate that the Classified vents its exhaust out the rear of a user's case rather than recirculating all of that heat inside of the case.

Value for a video card like the EVGA GTX 580 Classified is a three part equation. First we need to look at the outright cost of the product which at $599.99 (NewEgg) puts it in the top tier of video cards. Next we need to look at availability, and currently the EVGA GTX 580 Classified is sold out, and even when in stock will only be around for a couple of days at most. Lastly the hidden cost of these high end cards is power, and at 375W of consumption can quickly add up especially in a SLI configuration.

As the final hoora of the Fermi architecture the EVGA GTX 580 Classified is a fitting card. With beautiful looks, high performance, and unmatched overclocking potential the Classified is exactly what a special edition graphics card should be.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Beauiful design
+ Redesigned cooler increasing thermal performance without dumping heat inside of the case
+ 3GB frame buffer helps with high resolution gaming
+ Top of the line graphical performance
+ Quieter than the reference design

Cons:

- Very power hungry
- Limited production run

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 9.75
  • Construction: 10.00
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 7.00

Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.


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# Whoa!FireBean 2011-10-03 07:18
Awesome review and *Drools*
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# RE: Whoa!Austin Downing 2011-10-03 10:36
Thank you very much. Be on the lookout for a follow up article just about overclocking this bad boy!
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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardSo Disappointed 2011-10-03 12:34
Why in the hell does this card NOT have HDMI out?!
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# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardAustin Downing 2011-10-03 12:39
Because this card was designed for extreme overclocking. So rather than having a extra HDMI point EVGA included support for the EVBot.

Also why does it need a HDMI port when you can convert straight from DVI to HDMI?
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# ComparisonJohnny 2011-10-03 12:53
I'm really interested in why this card was compared to the 460, 470 and the 5970?

I want to see how it stands up to the 2GB 6970 OR the regular EVGA 3GB. You do realize that not all the Classifieds come with 3GB of Vram, right? Why not compare apples to apples? Why compare this to last years options?
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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardAustin Downing 2011-10-03 12:56
This is my first review of a video card and sadly that was all that I had on hand. My hope is that I will continue to do video card reviews from time to time and as that happens the number cards being compared to will grow.

It was compared to a Stock ASUS GTX 580 1.5GB which provides a pretty nice apples to apples comparison.
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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardQuake 2011-10-03 13:07
Guys, you are complaining about stupid things... This card is all about extreme overclocking, there was no room for HDMI because there is EVBot connector and with it you can unleash this beast. Regarding 3GB vs. 1.5GB version, there is really small difference between them, maybe 2-5% advantage for 3GB version.

Really nice review! Maybe if you could put more pictures in the future which would be really nice :) keep it up!
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# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardAustin Downing 2011-10-03 13:08
I will take that advice to heart. Be prepared for a visual overload on my next video card review. I expect you to read it also.
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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardJohnny 2011-10-03 13:07
Gotcha.

I wasn't trying to be crass or mean. The review is wonderful.

I am considering purchasing a 3GB Classified HC and was anxious to see how it compared to say the normal EVGA 3GB or the Asus with more Vram, as well as the AMD 2GB 6970. Maybe you can do another review when those are available:)
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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardAustin Downing 2011-10-03 13:14
I would love to, Honestly all things being the same unless you are filling up your frame buffer the difference between 3GB and 1.5GB is negligible.

That means the difference between the regular 3GB and Classy 3GB is the same as between the ASUS 1.5GB GTX 580 and the classy. around 4-6% at stock settings on both.

Except for price I really do recommend this card. It is beautiful, runs cool, and has a lifetime warranty.

Thank you for the compliment. This was a eye opening experience to say the least. I hope in the future to be able to provide for our readers even better.
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# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardJohnny 2011-10-03 14:28
Well, am a surround user, and plan on heavily overclocking those cards, as I have 3 x 580s right now, so that's why I am trying to compare the regular 3GB cards to the Classified ones:)
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# RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardAustin Downing 2011-10-03 14:31
Haha well bad news I don't have a surround setup to test my a 3GB cards on. It might help some. Are you having problems running things right now?
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# Awesome Card!Nikolai 2011-10-03 14:04
This is looking pretty great but I think by LN2 they mean N2(L). That is if they're talking about liquid Nitrogen, which I think they were. Still if you can cool it with beer I'll be happy.
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# RE: Awesome Card!Austin Downing 2011-10-03 14:06
Liquid nitrogen is often referred to by the abbreviation, LN2.

#en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_nitrogen
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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardChris 2011-10-03 14:33
I wonder how well these chips stack up to the MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition

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Hmm. On one hand, this cooler doesn't exhaust as much air into the case. On the other hand, the MSI Twin Frozr III heatsink is very impressive. I guess overclocking headroom will decide it.
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# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardJohnny 2011-10-03 14:40
"I wonder how well these chips stack up to the MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition "

Now THAT would be an article. 580 Classy 3gb vs MSI GTX 580 Lightning 3gb.
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# RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardAustin Downing 2011-10-03 15:16
Perhaps it can be done, I agree it would be one awesome article.

Perhaps a overclocking competition between both?
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardChris 2011-10-06 07:52
Battle of the flagships!

The only other card worth looking at is the Asus ROG Matrix 580 Platinum. Other manufacturers of course have custom non-reference flagships, but the consensus seems to be that the MSI and Asus ones are the top (ex: Gigabyte).

The 580 Lightning Xtreme is at a similar price point and is also oriented for enthusiasts and ROG ... well, the name should say what the target audience is.
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# No, not now,....RealNeil 2011-10-04 22:14
With PCI-E 3.0 cards supposedly around the bend, I can't see buying anything 2.0 flavored now. I really wonder what double the PCI-E bandwidth will mean in ~real-world~ gaming.
That said,......this is really a well thought out design and awesome performer too. I love it.
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# RE: No, not now,....Austin Downing 2011-10-04 22:18
I am running a SLI GTX 580 setup at 8x/8x and I have seen no bottlenecks from bandwidth. My guess is going to PCI-e 3.0 will do nothing in the real world.
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# RE: RE: No, not now,....Johnny 2011-10-05 10:47
I agree, I cannot see any gaming benefits in PCI-e 3 for current cards, or even the upcoming generation cards.

Also, Austin I think the OC competition between those two cards would be a GREAT article!
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# EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classifiedkzinti1 2011-10-07 15:27
These are very nice cards. No doubt about that. However, I ran all these tests at exactly the same settings and parameters with my MSI Lightning Xtreme and the Lightning beat the EVGA like a red-headed step-child. I am honestly no fan boy of any manufacturer but the results I obtained from the card I own puts this EVGA Classy to shame. Just take this for what it's worth. There is no comparison between these two cards. MSI For The Win.
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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 ClassifiedAustin Downing 2011-10-07 19:17
Do you have a exactly identical setup to the machine used in this test?
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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardMack 2011-10-20 10:12
Well done, and congrat's on your video review premiere.
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# Thank You!Austin Downing 2011-10-20 12:27
Thanks for the encouragement, I hope to do many more in the future!
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# Overpriced and overhypedJohn 2011-11-03 08:35
I got swept up in the craze and bought 4 of these to go in a 4-way SLI configuration. I sold 4 "vanilla" GTX 580's to help finance the "upgrade". Right now I am sorry I did this as these cards just do not do anything the vanilla cards can't do just as well on air or water cooling a lot cheaper. Besides the cost of the cards themselves, if you go more than 2 you will need a second power supply, and also a new computer case to house the second supply (which I also did). EVGA has yet to release any kind of software voltage control, so you are stuck with factory settings as well. That the necessary software was not released with a card in this price class with this much hype is unforgiveable and shows EVGA is focusing on selling a gimmick as opposed to a real tool.
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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Video CardOlin Coles 2011-11-03 09:05
Good feedback, John. I hope that your post helps someone else avoid a similar situation. In the mean time, what are you doing with all that power? BF3?
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