Thursday, October 28th 2010

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Reference Design Graphics Card Pictured

Here are the first pictures of what is touted to be the GeForce GTX 580 reference design graphics card by NVIDIA, by sections of the Chinese media. There are some interesting inferences that can be drawn just by the looks of the card. To begin with the cooler bears an uncanny resemblance to one of the earliest design iterations of the GeForce GTX 480 (pictured here and here). In its final iteration, NVIDIA gave the GTX 480 a more massive cooler, perhaps to keep up with its finalized clock speeds. If the design of the GTX 580 cooler is anything to go by, it means that either NVIDIA refined the GF100 architecture in the GF110 (on which GTX 580 is based) a great deal, increasing performance per Watt; or that since GTX 580 is in its development stage, its final version could look different. GeForce GTX 580 is being designed as a counter to AMD's Radeon HD 6900 series single-GPU graphics cards that are based on the new Cayman graphics core, which is slated for release in late November. It is expected to be 20% faster than the GTX 480.

Source: PCinLife
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213 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Reference Design Graphics Card Pictured

#1
assaulter_99
If it really comes out like that, it means that they have indeed refined that gf100, which had a massive cooler on the belly. Only time will tell though.
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#2
n-ster
I prefer massive coolers... they tend to be quieter
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#3
pantherx12
I bet it's just a vapour chamber instead of a heatpipe cooler.

And is still hot as bs.
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#4
crow1001
Looks good, just think the 6970 could hold the " fastest single GPU on the planet " accolade for the shortest time ever. :toast:
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#5
KaelMaelstrom
1(580) vs 2(6970)? this is interesting, they might have a voodoo spell to make it faster than 6970
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#7
Kenshai
by: KaelMaelstrom
1(580) vs 2(6970)? this is interesting, they might have a voodoo spell to make it faster than 6970
They stated it's set to compete with the single core Caymans so I highly doubt it will equal two. I would honestly look to what they're saying ~20% faster than a GTX480. Honestly if they improved the power consumption similar to they did with the GTX460 it could be a great card with relatively low heat generation (Compared to the 480).
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#8
Mistral
OMG, I mush hold off on buying any AMD cards and wait for this awesome beast... :respect:
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#9
pantherx12
by: crow1001
Looks good, just think the 6970 could hold the " fastest single GPU on the planet " accolade for the shortest time ever. :toast:
Come now an over-clocked 5870 tangles with a 480(stock) ( except in tessellation) it would be an EPIC fail if AMD put out anything less than 30% better than 480 imo.

Hell I still wouldn't be happy with that.

:laugh:
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#10
BorgOvermind
580...right...

580 is currently PR. And that's about it.
Showed there is a card case and nothing more. Could be anything inside.
A fully unlocked 480 is still unbuildable and would be sold at a loss. The 580 would have to be build on GF104's modified architecture to be good for something.
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#11
v12dock
A GTX 480 cooler on a higher TDP card, hmm....
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#12
aCid888*
If this doesnt turn in to a thread full of crap I'll be shocked lol
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#13
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
by: aCid888*
If this doesnt turn in to a thread full of crap I'll be shocked lol
Id run for president
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#14
Kenshai
by: BorgOvermind
580 is currently PR. And that's about it.
Showed there is a card case and nothing more. Could be anything inside.
A fully unlocked 480 is still unbuildable and would be sold at a loss. The 580 would have to be build on GF104's modified architecture to be good for something.
You should probably read the summary posted here.
If the design of the GTX 580 cooler is anything to go by, it means that either NVIDIA refined the GF100 architecture in the GF110 (on which GTX 580 is based) a great deal, increasing performance per Watt; or that since GTX 580 is in its development stage, its final version could look different
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#15
BorgOvermind
Yes...and GF110 should be closer to GF104 (shader / cluster arrangement, etc.)
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#16
JATownes
I am an AMD fan (as most of you know), but if NV can pull this off, it could be what Fermi should have been in the first place...EPIC. Refinement in the design and working the kinks out of the FAB process could have cured most of the early problems associated with Fermi. The 460 is pretty damn impressive, and I don't think anyone can argue that, so this could be the "ace in the hole" that NV needs right now. (As long as it isn't delayed until June :laugh:)
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#17
jamsbong
the GTX580 suppose to be 20% faster than 480? If that is true then the Cayman will still eat the 580 for breakfast.

http://www.techreport.com/discussions.x/19873

Anyway, Nvidia is desperate. you can tell by the rapid price drops and almost silly announcement of the 580. I bet it will just be another paper launch. when it actually comes out, it will be full of problems and a power guzzler.

FERMI is the hottest chip i've ever seen. This means durability and thus future reliability is in question. I just wonder how is the FERMI card gonna survive until when DX11 is readily available in all PC games? There is a good chance when all games are DX11, the FERMI chip is already broken.
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#18
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
I dont know what kind of math you do, but 20% over the number in your own link makes for a 6FPS gain on the 480 score, which matches your linked AMD score...so where is this stomping?
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#19
NdMk2o1o
by: jamsbong
FERMI is the hottest chip i've ever seen.
Yea like your 4890 is a cool running card, it was a monster for heat and power when it came out for ATI and isn't that far off fermi now :ohwell:
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#20
TheMailMan78
Big Member
This might be my next card depending on the price. I've dieing to go green lately.
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#21
f22a4bandit
Like sheep lining up for the slaughter. Speculation is just speculation; hold out on praise/bitching until you hear the reviews.
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#22
RejZoR
Even if NVIDIA pulls something spectacular, i don't think i'll be able to separate myself from Morphological AA function. So, until NVIDIA can offer something similar (decent antialiasing quality, low impact and works in every game without exceptions), i'm sold to AMD.
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#23
wahdangun
hmm this card remind me about 9800GTX card its look really identical
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#24
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: jamsbong
the GTX580 suppose to be 20% faster than 480? If that is true then the Cayman will still eat the 580 for breakfast.

http://www.techreport.com/discussions.x/19873

Anyway, Nvidia is desperate. you can tell by the rapid price drops and almost silly announcement of the 580. I bet it will just be another paper launch. when it actually comes out, it will be full of problems and a power guzzler.

FERMI is the hottest chip i've ever seen. This means durability and thus future reliability is in question. I just wonder how is the FERMI card gonna survive until when DX11 is readily available in all PC games? There is a good chance when all games are DX11, the FERMI chip is already broken.
To bad fermi isnt even that hot. I have a 470 and ive ran a 480 for a while. And they do not get that hot. I dont know why you guys get so butt hurt about things getting hot. we are PC Enthusiast we should expect to have things run hot. FERMI can run that hot to its not like its hurting it. my GTX480 ran at 75c gaming and my 470 ran at 65 to 70c gaming. Whats wrong with those temps. I had like 150mhz overclocks on them both to.
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#25
kid41212003
I suggest everyone should stop saying shit about GTX480 unless you do own one ;). FurMark and games are night and day.

This will probably base on the newer revisions of GF100 like the news stated. A GTX460 with more shaders pretty likely.
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