Inno3D Geforce GTX580 Overclock
Posted by: Snubbsy on: 29.12.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
- CPU - Intel i5 760 @ 4GHz
- CPU Cooling – Noctua NH-D14 (as supplied by Noctua)
- Motherboard - MSI P55-GD65 (as supplied by MSI)
- GFX Card – on review
- Sound – on board
- Memory - 4GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3(as supplied by Crucial)
- Disks – Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB (as supplied by Crucial)
- Optical - Generic DVD RW
- Case – InWin Maelstrom
- PSU - Chieftec Nitro 85+ BPS-850C (as supplied by Chieftec)
- On Review – Inno3D GTX580 Overclock
Installation was quite simple – slot the card in, plug in those 1x8Pin & 1x6Pin PCI-E power connectors, and away we went. This card is BIG, so you may want to check case dimensions before ordering an Inno3D GTX580OC for yourself, however it fitted fine in my case – and I imagine it would in most performance ATX cases.
Frames per second were recorded using the games built in benchmark (where available) or from a period of playing the game while recording the fps with fraps. The latest drivers at time of testing were used: nVidia Driver 262.99
Card used for comparison:
- Inno3D GTX460 OC 1GB – (nVidia Driver 260.99)
- Inno3D GT430 1GB – (nVidia Driver 260.99)
- Inno3D GTS450 iChill edition (pre-overclocked) (nVidia Driver 258.56)
- Inno3D GTX275 iChill edition (pre-overclocked) (nVidia Driver 258.69)
Whenever possible, benchmarks were ran at 1920x1080 and additionally at 1280 x 1024.
Also, all games were fully updated before benchmarking
Dirt 2 is a brilliant racer – I personally have spent endless hours trying to improve my lap times. Whilst the focus of the game is definitely the gameplay, the graphics are worth a look – in my opinion, probably the most realistic in any car game on the market at the moment.
Settings used were a high as they would go, with 8x MSAA.
At 1280 x 1024, the GTX580OC is not pushed very hard – it produces brilliant framerates – with a minimum of 115, I can guarantee you won’t have playability issues! Given that it provides a minimum framerate three times that of the GTS450, I think you can agree that the price difference is well suited!
At 1080p, the GTX580OC pulls even further ahead of the rest of the pack. Offering minimum frame rates much higher than that of any other card on our test. With an average FPS of 118, I imagine that with a higher resolution setup, the GTX580OC will not struggle to deliver. With framerates like these, I have no doubt that if you want to be able to play the latest and greatest racing-games, this card will not disappoint!
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum: The second game in our benchmark suite is Batman: Arkham Asylum. As MSAA only works on nVidia cards with this benchmark, it was disabled during this benchmark run. Otherwise, all settings were set to max and the benchmark was run at 1920x1080 and 1280x1024.
The Inno3D GTX580OC provides very high framerates in Batman, even with all the settings on full and 8x MSAA. My only disappointment is the minimum framerate – it is only 3 FPS higher than the Inno3D GTX460OC. I have no doubt that the latter card is better value for money, however I feel that the minimum framerate here is possibly down to a bottleneck in the rest of my rig (which seems odd, given that I’ve got everything tweaked so well), given that we are using the best of the best single-gpu graphics cards though – I think we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
The average FPS is very high – up at 145, this shows the card is very strong, and doesn’t struggle when a lot is going on on-screen.
The benefits of the GTX580OC become more apparent the higher you push the resolution. Here we can see it pulling ahead of the GTX460OC quite considerably – offering an average framerate 25fps higher.
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5: is in our benchmarks as it is a popular DX10 game, and includes its own benchmark – which helps to keep things consistent.
At 1280x1024, the GTX580OC really doesn’t offer much over the GTX460OC. However, I feel that this is most likely a bottleneck of my test system rather than a short-fall by this top-end card. Alternatively, it could just be a limit of this benchmark.
At 1080p, the Inno3D GTX580OC pulls ahead of the pack with a substantial 22.4FPS lead on the Inno3D GTX460OC. Again – I can only conclude that this card really shows its magic at higher resolutions!
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Battlefield Bad Company 2 is one of my favourite games at the moment – I have lost more than 30 hours to the multiplayer mode alone. This game was run in DX10 with settings all the way up. For this, I played the “Heart Of Darkness” mission in single player mode.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 again shows that the GTX580OC is well above any other cards on test. Giving a minimum framerate of 73fps (which is almost as high as the GTX460OC’s average!) and an average FPS of 110 – a solid performance here.
At 1080p, the GTX580OC provides a minimum framerate higher than the GTX460’s average! It also has a good 30% higher average framerate than the latter card. When it comes to the other cards in this test – the GTX580OC obliterates them!
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