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Just released today and Ive seen the reviews, this card is FAST. Fastest GPU out there and even though cayman is set for release (who knows when...) I dont think it can match this performance. It matches the 5970 an that is a dual GPU card. Also the picture is a 480 because google didnt come up with a 580 picture

So for the money £399 seems like a lot but its even cheaper than the 480 in some places plus its £50 cheaper than the 5970 when matching performance wise.

Specs below

nVidia GTX580 The world's fastest GPU, bar none. Blasts past the GTX480 with room to spare. Tessellation processing is up more than 20% and the combination of architectural enhancements, vapor chamber cooling and increased clock speeds make for a fantastic combination. OWN IT FIRST. nVidia GTX580 • 512 Full CUDA Cores • 1.5GB 384-bit GDDR5 • 4 Gbps Data Transfer • Dual DVI & mini HDMI Over 30% faster than GTX480 tested in 3DMark Vantage nVidia GeForce GTX580 -->· 772MHz Core Speed -->· 1.5GB GDDR5 Memory (384-bit) -->· Draws up to 244w power -->· 27cm long -->· Needs 2 slots -->· 3-Way SLi Capable -->· 2x DVI and 1x mini HDMI
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#1
Ive ordered one, and I was told by email that the cards ship this week, just in time for COD:Black ops
#2
In real world performance terms, taking £/performance into account, is it really worth the premium over the 470 or 480?

Just asking as I'm speccing up a new PC at the moment and CPU and GPU are the two most expensive and easy to reduce costs :)
#3
If I was atal patient I would wait for cayman to be released which will change the pricing depending on which is faster, the gtx 580 or the hd 6970, im sure each will try to undercut the other. There will be a price war if performance is similar which will drive down costs, so best to just wait and see.
Cayman was set to release on 22nd nov but may be delayed due to low yields, and there are rumours it wont appear till the new year :( so without immediate competition from AMD this deal looks quite good to me

Edited By: dom99 on Nov 09, 2010 14:53: Extra info
#4
LotusJas
In real world performance terms, taking £/performance into account, is it really worth the premium over the 470 or 480?


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_580/27.html

Shows that at resolutions of 1920 x 1200 and above the 480 is only about 13% behind the 580. Those numbers are an average across all of the games and benchmarks they used. Read the rest of their review for per game/bench scores.
#5
[b]Cuddy
Shows that at resolutions of 1920 x 1200 and above the 480 is only about 13% behind the 580

That is true and is reflected in the price, 580 is £50 more than 480, includes lower temps, quieter operation, less power usage and higher game performance.
#6
I bought a computer earlier this year and wanted HDMI out to play HD films, so I bought a Radeon 8400GS for about £30

I haven't played games for years, but I tried out some games and ended up playing Lost: The Videogame, Saw: The Videogame, Prison Break: The Videogame and Ashes Cricket 2009 and a couple of others. I had to play them at 720p because everything moved so slow at 1080p, but other than that, it worked fine. I had to play Arkham Asylum at 480p, but it didn't look a lot worse than when it was running at 1080p

So my question is this. What do you get with a £400 graphics card? Just the ability to play these games at a higher res? Or do I just play **** games and my 8400GS wouldn't work with better games?
#7
lol dayman76 your are right in a way, but if you want to play the latest games eg metro 2033 in dx11 with all the highest settings you need a card like this. Plus these cards (especially Nvidia cards) are also directed towards professionals who use them for graphical work. Also GPUs have around 15x more computing power than current CPUs so effort is being put into programming software to utilise these cards for applications such as code breaking. But no the every day user doesnt need one

Edited By: dom99 on Nov 09, 2010 15:23: mistake
#8
Thanks for the info guys :) I will wait a month and see :)

Dayman, a faster GPU allows higher frames per second i.e. the game moves and displays smoothly even at high resolution and with all effects turned on. Plus you can play the latest and most demanding games. I believe the current cards also do physics calculations in games but I know little about this.
#9
dayman76
I bought a computer earlier this year and wanted HDMI out to play HD films, so I bought a Radeon 8400GS for about £30

I haven't played games for years, but I tried out some games and ended up playing Lost: The Videogame, Saw: The Videogame, Prison Break: The Videogame and Ashes Cricket 2009 and a couple of others. I had to play them at 720p because everything moved so slow at 1080p, but other than that, it worked fine. I had to play Arkham Asylum at 480p, but it didn't look a lot worse than when it was running at 1080p

So my question is this. What do you get with a £400 graphics card? Just the ability to play these games at a higher res? Or do I just play **** games and my 8400GS wouldn't work with better games?


You don't think your game was slow? go and watch Batman on youtube with a decent graphics card and you will realise your game was indeed very slow and poor quality. No disrespect but as you said you haven't played games for years so i dont think you have much to compare against.
That said for your average person some of these cards can be a bit excessive and drop in price as quick as (blank) knickers. (you can fill in the blank as you want).

Edited By: mark7402 on Nov 09, 2010 15:33: edit
#10
I checked on Youtube and honestly I can't see much difference! It seems no smoother and no faster than when I play it at a lower res. The gargoyle's looked to have a bit more detail, though. I suppose Youtube itself degrades the frame rate and whatnot

I'm not slagging off fancy graphics cards, I was just wondering what the deal was with them being more expensive. Prison Break is a terrible game, by the way. It's just creeping around a prison fetching stuff for people!
#11
You pay a premium for these high end cards when they're new because of all the R&D that goes into GPU development.

If you just want to play current games you can get a mid-range card for around £100 that will probably do the job, but it will struggle with newer games in a year or so.
#12
dayman76
I checked on Youtube and honestly I can't see much difference! It seems no smoother and no faster than when I play it at a lower res. The gargoyle's looked to have a bit more detail, though. I suppose Youtube itself degrades the frame rate and whatnotI'm not slagging off fancy graphics cards, I was just wondering what the deal was with them being more expensive. Prison Break is a terrible game, by the way. It's just creeping around a prison fetching stuff for people!
people also upload in lower quality than the record in too.
have you tried fraps? should give a framerate to give you a better idea of performance than the eye. some people just cant see resolution/framerate/aspectratio/colourbalance/whatever so if its working for you then theres no reason to upgrade.
finding no real difference between 480p and 1080p on a computer though suggests you are one of these people^^
#13
The Palit GTX 580 seems better value:

http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-palit-geforce-gtx-580-772mhz-1536mb-pci-e-hdmi-77ZS.html

3% Quido + £10 off with voucher code TECH808 brings it in at £358, so around £40 cheaper.

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