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Power, Temperature, And Noise Benchmarks

Four Overclocked GeForce GTX 580 Cards, Rounded Up
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Although performance is important, power usage, thermal measurements, and acoustic output are perhaps even more critical when it comes time to decide on an overclocked graphics card. Let’s consider power usage first:

Results are similar across the board, but Sparkle’s card uses a little less power when it's overclocked (the dark grey result), while Gigabyte’s Super Overclocked card uses more under load at the factory settings (the green result). The Gigabyte board also uses more, strangely, at idle.

When it comes to thermal performance, we quickly see that Sparkle’s decision to use the reference cooler might not have been optimal. All of the other options perform admirably, especially the Zalman VF3000 on Zotac's AMP²! card.

Once again, the Sparkle X580 Captain and its reference cooler fall behind, generating more noise than the competition. Zotac’s cooler is the quietest at factory settings (the green result), but Gigabyte’s card does exceptionally well when it's pushed to 100% (the dark grey result).

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    chillin15 , 4 August 2011 15:16
    Gigabyte used to sell a 560 ti at 1000mhz core clock and 1045mhz for the memory that was massively unstable which ultimately led them to downgrade the speeds on the model. Many people still couldn't get theirs to work in games when they lowered the speeds themselves. For that reason, I really don't trust the SOCs...

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    51l3n5t , 10 January 2012 11:22
    Im a little late to the party but...

    I have a Gigabte gtx580soc OCed at 950Mhz on stock voltage totally stable in extended BF3 sessions and the highest I'v seen it go is 72c love this card