Product: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked Edition
Company: EVGA
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: November 29th, 2010
Summary & Conclusions

EVGA
EVGA
EVGA's GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked is a fine piece of hardware. It feels hewn from granite, a weighty and quality item with gorgeous understated card graphics. The build quality, fit and finish appear top notch, which is no surprise if we believe the rumor that all the GTX 580s were supplied to NVIDIA's partners pre-built, awaiting boxing and branding. EVGA has gone a step further, providing a second validation step for their overclocked models, and by the end of November you'll be able to download the new 3DMark 2011.


In both single card and 2-way SLI configurations, the GeForce GTX 580 was impressive, even compared against the mighty ATI Radeon HD 5970. The year old HD 5870, even in 2GB form, looks slow in comparison despite being man enough for the tasks we set for it here today and delivering a great playing experience. The GeForce GTX 580 just feels top drawer, best of class. The 5870 just doesn't have that quality any more, although the recent price adjustments mean they now offer fantastic value - recent Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales saw the 5870 dip under the price of AMD's newest Radeon, the 6870. The 5970 is great until you hit the limits of the 1GB per GPU frame buffer, which you'll likely do quickly at Eyefinity resolution if you want Anti-Aliasing.

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 SC
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 SC

If you want top performance and plenty of options and features, the GeForce GTX 580 delivers. EVGA's excellent after-sales support and warranty will ensure a long happy ownership experience, and their step-up program will let you bump up to a faster card, should one appear in the next 90 days, for the difference in MSRP. Nvidia's coverage sample modes and extra quality AA modes in SLI offer the image quality enthusiast plenty to tinker with to get their games looking and performing as they desire, and two overclocked GTX 580s provide all the beans you need. AMD recently disclosed they will be launching their 'Cayman' and 'Antilles' enthusiast and ultra-enthusiast cards in Q4 '10 and Q1 '11 respectively. If you need a card now, you've got a great option, but if you're lining up for a holiday seasons purchase (or perhaps expecting a loads-a-money present), waiting would seem to be a smart move. Despite Nvidia's assurances that GF110 yields are great and product is plentiful, keep an eye on stock in case demand exceeds supply - these cards are selling well.

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 SC
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 SC

4 1/2 Stars!
4 1/2 Stars!
Rage3D awards the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 4 1/2 stars! The price premium over the standard GeForce GTX 580 isn't reflected in the Superclocked edition, although the free copy of 3DMark 2011 is a value add. EVGA's software is great, but really needs to be combined into a single tool to control voltage and clock control of the graphics card - or at least bring all the controls into a single application when using an EVGA mainboard and EVGA graphics card. All of these are minor niggles, that do nothing to detract from the excellent image quality, high performance and quiet operation of the GeForce GTX 580. Bottom line - if you get one for Christmas, Santa thinks you've been a very, very good boy. Get two and expect your 2011 to be filled with bad luck to offset the awesome. To get a solid 5 stars would require a less 'ultra' price point. 


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