|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 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
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.
+ Beauiful design
- Very power hungry
Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.