ASUS GTX580 SLI Exclusive Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

ASUS GTX580 SLI Review

Test Setup

Not only are we testing in SLI today, but we're also going to run the single card too, just to see what the ASUS version has to offer with the Voltage Tweak. We'll compare against the stock GTX480 again, and also two GTX480s in SLI at stock speeds.

ASUS Rampage III Extreme
Intel i7 950 @ 4GHz
6GB Mushkin Redline RAM
Corsair AX1200 PSU
Noctua NH-D14
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Overclocking and Temperatures

Being an ASUS card we have two methods of overclocking available to us. The primary way is the same as always, ramp up the speeds until it cries enough. Using this we were able to increase the GPU Core speed from 775MHz to 882MHz.

The second way is to use the ASUS Voltage Tweak to help stabilise the card and hopefully eke even more speed out of it. Using this we hit a whopping 950MHz on the core. A massive increase.

If you were running the cards in a water-cooled setup, or perhaps you're deaf, then you could certainly get even more performance out of the cards with the Voltage Tweak BIOS.

The ASUS cards performed so much better both in overclocking and thermally than the Zotac we saw yesterday that we're wondering if either the Zotac was an unlucky chip, the ASUS is a lucky one, or some combination of the two.

With auto fans the card barely span up to an audible level and was noticeably quieter than the Zotac.


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Most Recent Comments

11-11-2010, 09:06:43

WOW I want them

It is a shame that I bought 2x460 SLI - I should wait and buy 1x580 from Asus.Quote

11-11-2010, 09:29:25

Wow wow wow wow wow! That's just insane performance! And it runs faster, quieter AND cooler than the Zotac! What is there to criticise? Well possibly the price, for those of us with out a job at the moment. But, post release of the 69xx series later his month, I'm banking on that dropping by as much as £50 if it comes anywhere near this in performance. Looks like I'll have to start saving up the reddies!Quote

11-11-2010, 11:03:10


11-11-2010, 11:58:22

Originally Posted by Black View Post

WOW I want them

It is a shame that I bought 2x460 SLI - I should wait and buy 1x580 from Asus.
Yer me too the only put off was the heat power of the gtx 480 had the cash it makes me sad oh well have do a rebuild in 6 months thenQuote

11-11-2010, 12:04:13

Nice review Tom.. I like the Asus cards being plain jane.

Did the performance dip down at all when you had it clocked up to 950MHz on the core at all?? If it didn't then the issue of the card throttling before any decent overclocking can be done is blown out the windows.

Does look like you had a poo poo Zotac though.

Oh yeah and the SLI scaling in Metro is pretty decent.Quote

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