Legit Video Card Reviews
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 GF110 Fermi Video Card Review
|Product:||GeForce GTX 580 Video Card|
|Date:||Tue, Nov 09, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Dual LCD Display Testing
When the Fermi GPU architecture first came out we discovered that the video cards didn't play that well with a dual monitor setup. NVIDIA recently actually put a notice in their drier notes about this shortly after our article was released.
GPU Runs at a High Performance Level (full clock speeds) in
This is a hardware limitation and not a software bug. Even when no 3D programs are running, the driver will operate the GPU at a high performance level in order to efficiently drive multiple displays. In the case of SLI or multi‐GPU PCs, the second GPU will always operate with full clock speeds; again, in order to efficiently drive multiple displays.
We aren't sure what driver it started with, but NVIDIA informed us that if we ran a pair of monitors together at the same resolution that the video card would be in an idle state. We had to test this out for ourselves.
I fired up GPU-Z and ran a pair of identical Samsung SyncMaster monitors at their native resolutions and the GeForce GTX 580 ran at an idle state and had a GPU temperature of just 38C. The system consumed 121 Watts of power and the fan speed was 1410RPM that put out 54db from half a foot away.
Changing the resolution on one of the monitors put the video card in a full power state at all times and the system's power consumption jumped up to 188 Watts! The temperature also jumped up to 58C and the GPU fan was running at 1710RPM to help keep the card cooler. This means the fan was now louder as it was spinning fast enough to put off 56dB.
|GTX 480 1 LCD
||GTX 480 2 LCD
|| GTX 580 1 LCD
|| GTX 285 2 LCD
| Mem Clock
| Shader Clock
| Idle Temp
| Idle Power
| Fan Speed
Next Page - Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Page 1 - A Fixed Fermi Core Called GF110 Goes Into GTX580!
Page 2 - A Closer Look At The GeForce GTX 580
Page 3 - Taking The GeForce GTX 580 Apart
Page 4 - The Test System
Page 5 - Aliens vs. Predator
Page 6 - Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
Page 7 - Just Cause 2
Page 8 - Metro 2033
Page 9 - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Page 10 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 11 - H.A.W.X. 2 Benchmark
Page 12 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 13 - Unigine 'Heaven' DX11
Page 14 - FurMark 1.8.2
Page 15 - GeForce GTX580 F@H Performance
Page 16 - Temperature Testing
Page 17 - Power Consumption
Page 18 - GeForce GTX580 Overclocking
Page 19 - Dual LCD Display Testing
Page 20 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions