Review ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 – The Fastest Single-GPU Card, Plus a Worthy Bonus
Except for the stickers on their coolers’ body, reference cards generally look identical to one another. The new GeForce GTX 580 is no exception. When you put these cards side-by-side, it becomes clear that every brand basically uses the same board design. Therefore, to increase the overall value of their reference-based products before the eyes of prospective buyers, some graphics card manufacturers rely on above-average accessory bundles. Zotac is trying to do just that with their GTX 580 by including some interesting items inside the box. Before we discuss their bonus in detail, let’s take a look at the card’s technical specification first.
|NVIDIA GTX 580||ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580|
|Fabrication Process||40 nm||40 nm|
|Transistors||3 Milyar||3 Milyar|
|Die Size||320 mm²||320 mm²|
|Core Clock||772 MHz||772 MHz|
|Stream Processors (CUDA Core)||512||512|
|Shader Clock||1544 MHz||1544 MHz|
|Memory Size||1536 MB||1536 MB|
|Memory Clock (effective)||4008 MHz||4008 MHz|
|Power Connectors||8-pin + 6-pin||8-pin + 6-pin|
|Min Recommended Power Supply||600 Watt||600 Watt|
|Bus Support||PCIe 2.1 x16||PCIe 2.1 x16|
|TDP||244 Watt||244 Watt|
|GPU Thermal Threshold||97 C||97 C|
Zotac uses reference specification for their GeForce GTX 580 product. Every detail looks similar to NVIDIA’s standards.
Sales Package and Contents
This is the package box, bearing Zotac’s usual black-orange color theme design.
You will find these contents inside the box. Zotac provides two kinds of PCI Express power converters (molex to 6-pin and 2x 6-pin to 8-pin) along with a handy mini-HDMI to HDMI converter. Is that all? No, look at below pictures.
Zotac’s Boost Premium software bundle can be found inside the driver disc. It consists of several softwares, including vReveal (free), Nero Vision Xtra (30-day Trial), Cooliris, XBMC, Kylo, and ZOTAC FireStorm.
Tucked somewhere among the items is the “Prince of Persia: the Forgotten Sands” computer game. Since you’re going to spend a good couple of hundred dollars for a GTX 580, the game makes a very nice addition to Zotac’s overall package.