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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Super Overclock - Last Hurrah for Fermi

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 (DirectX 11)


Battlefield 3™ leaps ahead of its time with the power of Frostbite 2, DICE's new cutting-edge game engine. This state-of-the-art technology is the foundation on which Battlefield 3 is built, delivering enhanced visual quality, a grand sense of scale, massive destruction, dynamic audio and character animation utilizing ANT technology as seen in the latest EA SPORTS™ games.

Frostbite 2 now enables deferred shading, dynamic global illumination and new streaming architecture. Sounds like tech talk? Play the game and experience the difference!

Our Settings for Battlefield 3

Here is our testing run through the game, for your reference.

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Our BF3 testing shows that the overclocked speeds of the Gigabyte SOC GTX 580 does in fact help close the gap between the NVIDIA and AMD's Radeon HD 7970.  The performance gap is about 8-8.5% and basically splits the difference between the reference GTX 580 and the reference HD 7970.

January 23, 2012 | 04:12 PM - Posted by Nilbog

Great review, judging by the results i think the 40$ price tag is worth it for the cooling. Its overclocked AND runs cooler than the reference, sounds like a good deal to me. I think you forgot the sound levels, it was mentioned in the beginning of the article.
Also, why havnt I seen any reviews of the 3GB 580? Is it because its not reference?

January 24, 2012 | 04:14 AM - Posted by amythompson172

It was due to my ignorance, but my cards were over heating because I thought my motherboard was best suited to have the cards right on top of each other. After reading the motherboard manual, I realized that spacing them into slots 1 & 3 were recommended for top speed. Not 1 & 2. Now the cards seem to be peaking around 72 degrees celcius. NIGHT AND DAY is the different.

So if you plan on going SLI with these, make sure you have a motherboard that can support spacing them. As they run too hot (even when downclocked to 600 mhz) to have them sitting on top of each other.

February 15, 2012 | 07:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

GTX 580 has much life left in it. Not bad for 15 months old GPU. 7970 is great overlocker and that is the only thing that cen really make a difference. Nice review..

March 22, 2012 | 10:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

seriously this blog is fantastic i love reading your insight keep up the fantastic work

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