Saturday, September 24th 2011

EVGA GTX 580 Classified + watercooling Doubles Core Clock Speed!

The EVGA GTX 580 Classified 3072MB, previously announced on TechPowerUp, is now available to buy according to this forum post by an EVGA product manager - in limited quantities, of course. According to Gaming Blend, this card can amazingly reach a doubled 1.6GHz core clock when overclocked using waterblocks - GTX 590 eat your heart out! This card also has custom designed VRMs to take all the extra power that the card will use, which means that they won't squeal when the card is overclocked hard and also when running intensive applications such as Folding@Home.
UPDATE: Turns out that 1.6GHz overclock was actually achieved using LN2, not water. To confirm it, click the EVGA promo link after the jump and see the extreme cooling section video, or just skip directly to the YouTube video here.


The design comes courtesy of Vince "k|ngp|n" Lucido and Illya "TiN" Tsemenko who wanted a powerful card without the limitations of SLI, saying:
While competitors spend time adding dual GPUs to cards that already support SLI, increasing them to 3 slots, crippling them with only 1.5GB of memory, and/or quadrupling the price, we wanted to take a different approach. One that made sense for both gamers and enthusiasts…"With the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified, we focused on the key elements that the GPU and Memory need when overclocking. Power, stability, noise ripple reduction and extreme OC mode without limits. The design was created with overclocking in mind
EVGA promo page

EVGA product page

It's currently in stock at NewEgg for $599.99

Basic specs:

Performance
NVIDIA GTX 580
512 CUDA Cores
855 MHz GPU
1710MHz Shader Clock

Memory
3072 MB, 384 bit GDDR5
4212 MHz (effective)
202.1 GB/s Memory Bandwidth

Interface
PCI-E 2.0 16x
DVI-I, DVI-I, EVBot
SLI Capable

Resolution & Refresh
240Hz Max Refresh Rate
2048x1536 Max Analog
2560x1600 Max Digital

Product Warranty
This product comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty with registration within 30 days of purchase.
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51 Comments on EVGA GTX 580 Classified + watercooling Doubles Core Clock Speed!

#1
micropage7
qubit said:
Well, it seems to depend on which photo you look at. It doesn't look too impressive in your photo, but if you take the first two photos in the article, it looks wicked. How it would actually look in real life, I wouldn't hazard to say...
yeah you are right. view angle is matter
and i guess this card is for enthusiast that has alot of money and chasing performance over the looks :o
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#2
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Id like to see some benchmarks!!!
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#3
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
FreedomEclipse said:
Id like to see some benchmarks!!!
Ah, but would they have enough LN2 to go the distance! :laugh:
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
if 1.6Ghz was made on water then why would they need LN2???

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#5
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
FreedomEclipse said:
if 1.6Ghz was made on water then why would they need LN2???
It wasn't - I updated the news post. New member I'm your huckleberry made an excellent first post in pointing this out in post 19. :)

Just seen your edit, lol. Nice cat.
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#6
EarthDog
qubit said:
this card can amazingly reach a doubled 1.6GHz core clock when overclocked using waterblocks
Your OP still says it...I see the update but... Why not straight up correct it?


Search this DB for people that can (easily) have stable benchmarks using LN2. Thats the ONLY point to use that stuff is to get through benchmarks.

qubit said:
This card also has custom designed VRMs to take all the extra power that the card will use, which means that they won't squeal when the card is overclocked hard
Also, coil whine isnt caused by excessive power (I suppose it can be?). You can have a normal load run through a coil and it still whines. Hell I have had cards that have done this on idle even. The way you wrote that tells me its a direct correlation.

You look a little green Q....:p
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
EarthDog said:
Your OP still says it...I see the update but... Why not straight up correct it?


Search this DB for people that can (easily) have stable benchmarks using LN2. Thats the ONLY point to use that stuff is to get through benchmarks.

Also, coil whine isnt caused by excessive power (I suppose it can be?). You can have a normal load run through a coil and it still whines. Hell I have had cards that have done this on idle even. The way you wrote that tells me its a direct correlation.

You look a little green Q....:p
A fair question, my friend. :)

There's a lot of do's and dont's to writing a news article that isn't apparent as a reader and I've been learning a lot from writing these for TPU.

Generally, when an article is updated or corrected, it's considered good practice to leave the original text in and just put an update in there. In the case of TPU it also has the benefit of keeping the forum comments consistent with what was initially posted - think all those skeptical cats.

And the 590 jealousy? Just a bit of humour that a single 580 can do better than a 590 with such a screaming overclock, lol.

The LN2 thing was another joke. I have an irreverent writing style. ;)

Yes, the coil whine is indeed caused by more power going through the card. Some cards are worse than others and I think it basically depends on the quality of the components used how much stress they can take without making a noise. My 580 for example is really quiet on whatever gaming load I throw at it (fan ramps up, ok) and even with the Unigene demo benchie (fan ramps up a lot, especially with vsync off). However, run Folding@Home and after about 30 seconds, the most annoying, irrritating whine comes from it, making folding with it impossible. :banghead: Just squeezing and gently wiggling the card affects the noise too, so it's definitely some poorly made/attached component(s) doing this. Mine is a standard reference design with a tiny factory overclock, which I haven't overclocked further. I'd expect that Classified card with its beefed up power circuitry to take a load like that in its stride and not make a noise about it.
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#8
Shihabyooo
:eek:
I want to see performance in a CUDA application. Or even some Physx numbers.
qubit said:
A Mine is a standard reference design with a tiny factory overclock, which I haven't overclocked further.
I thought the Amp!ed 580 had a custom cooler :wtf: The 480 one did have a dual fan, triple slot one IIRC.

qubit said:
I'd expect that Classified card with its beefed up power circuitry to take a load like that in its stride and not make a noise about it.
The Asus 580 DCII managed to reach 1.5GHz with it's custom VRMs. Pity no one thought of fiddling with the Matrix 580. Still, I'd love to see what these Classified boards can achieve on air. Though the cooler doesn't look promising.
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#9
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Shihabyooo said:
:eek:
I want to see performance in a CUDA application. Or even some Physx numbers.


I thought the Amp!ed 580 had a custom cooler :wtf: The 480 one did have a dual fan, triple slot one IIRC.
Yes, CUDE and F@H benchies would be interesting indeed.

My 580 Amp! is just like a regular 580. with the BIOS upped a bit on the clock speeds. At the time, Amazon had it at the same price as a regular one, so I got it. The overclock makes the smallest of differences, around 3%, so it's not really worth bothering about - it just allows Zotac to jack up the price in most cases. :rolleyes:

TPU actually reviewed this very card, here.

Zotac product page, here.

Shihabyooo said:
The Asus 580 DCII managed to reach 1.5GHz with it's custom VRMs. Pity no one thought of fiddling with the Matrix 580. Still, I'd love to see what these Classified boards can achieve on air. Though the cooler doesn't look promising.
Yeah, I'm not surprised that Asus have also done this - they're firmly in the enthusiast camp and the three slot cooler has to be more efficient, surely.
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#10
I'm your huckleberry
cadaveca said:
LN2 is NOT water, like claimed on that page qubit linked. Nobody is really gonna doubt 1600 MHz core(3200 MHz shader) on LN2...
I don't think they claimed it was on water. If you look at the top of the page, the picture shows them using LN2?
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#12
_JP_
One hell of a card...but that price tag...damn...
I love the cooler, though.
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#13
Reeves-81
Change the title of your post or remove it... IMO... make me read your post just to find out in the end is B.S. :shadedshu
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#14
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
[quote="I'm your huckleberry, post: 2405928"]I don't think they claimed it was on water. If you look at the top of the page, the picture shows them using LN2?[/quote]Yes, the Gaming Blend article is ambiguous. I initially thought this must be on LN2.
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#15
Arctucas
qubit said:
I'm not sure if there's a PSU beefy enough to power them. Heck, would there be enough power from a standard wall socket, even? I dunno.
Maybe this?
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#16
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Arctucas said:
Maybe this?
OMG what a monster. Good find. :)
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#17
[H]@RD5TUFF
Question is what can they get on air, and are these cherry picked chips.
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#18
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
[H]@RD5TUFF said:
Question is what can they get on air, and are these cherry picked chips.
I'd bank on them being cherry picked: that EVGA rep on the EVGA forum said they'd be available in limited quantities. Besides, a GPU intended for extreme performance is gonna have to be cherry picked, isn't it? ;)
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#19
[H]@RD5TUFF
qubit said:
I'd bank on them being cherry picked: that EVGA rep on the EVGA forum said they'd be available in limited quantities. Besides, a GPU intended for extreme performance is gonna have to be cherry picked, isn't it? ;)
fair enough, I assumed as much but would be nice to know for sure.
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#20
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
[h]@rd5tuff said:
fair enough, i assumed as much but would be nice to know for sure.
+1
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#21
ensabrenoir
Sir Mix-a-lot edition graphic card

Evga got back!:laugh:
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#23
Steven B
also the card's GPU isn't cherry picked, they don't do that, people only think they do. Apart from some very rare examples, or really only one i know of, no chips are cherry picked for retail sale except for like OC events.

Anyways this is a sick card, glad it came out.

but see all you gotta do is 4 posts a day for 4 years about to get a custom title lol.
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#24
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Steven B said:
also the card's GPU isn't cherry picked, they don't do that, people only think they do. Apart from some very rare examples, or really only one i know of, no chips are cherry picked for retail sale except for like OC events.

Anyways this is a sick card, glad it came out.

but see all you gotta do is 4 posts a day for 4 years about to get a custom title lol.
I think they would cherry pick them for cards like this, but I don't know definitively, to argue one way or another.

Oh yeah, 4 posts per day is just the average. I wasn't all that active until about 1 to 2 years ago, then I started posting like crazy - and keeping all our mods busy looking over every post, hehe. :p Dunno, TPU simply became very compelling and I just went nuts!
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#25
EarthDog
Post count = over rated /= knowledge! The thanks system here is whored out more than ladies of the night making that utterly useless too.

Anyhoo, I would imagine that these cores are binned. Im not sure by what standards (say 855 Core at 1.05v) but I would guess they are.
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