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NVIDIA GTX 580 Review

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Power Consumption of the system will be measured in both idle states and loaded states and will take into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use MSI Kombuster to load the GPU for a 15 minute test and use the peak load of the system as my result for the maximum load. The idle results will be measured after 15 minutes of inactivity on the system.


  • MSI Kombuster Stability test
  • 1920 x 1200 Resolution
  • 8XAA
  • 15 minute load test
  • 15 minute idle test
  • Measurement is in Watts













Lower = Better


NVIDIA has listened to all the criticisms they received for building a video card that some said needed nuclear reactors to run (GTX 480). Throughout that storm, they have worked hard and put together a refined chip with better power consumption characteristics. At this point delivering power consumption levels close to that of an overclocked HD 5870 under load. At stock speeds, the picture is not quite as rosy but still runs using 60 watts less than the GTX 480. This set of numbers is lower than it should be by comparison but it's what we have with the power monitoring hardware and driver recognition of stress testing apps like Kombuster, Furmark and OCCT.

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