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ASUS ENGTX580 DirectCU II Review



Graphics Engine
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
Bus Standard
PCI Express 2.0
Video Memory
GDDR5 1536MB
Engine Clock
782 MHz
Memory Clock
4008 MHz ( 1002 MHz GDDR5 )
400 MHz
Memory Interface
D-Sub Max Resolution : 2048x1536
DVI Max Resolution : 2560x1600
D-Sub Output : Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1)
1 x Power cable
1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
1 x Extended SLI cable
ASUS Features
DirectCU Series
Super Alloy Power
11.5" x 5" Inch
To have the best cooling performance ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 extends the Fansink to 2.5 slot , please check your motherboard slot space before SLI
Dual 8-pin Power Connector is required for the best performance



  • Super Alloy Power: Super Alloy Power technology uses special alloy formula in critical power delivery components for a 15% performance boost, 35 °C cooler operation and 2.5 times longer lifespan.
  • DirectCU II: Based on ASUS DirectCU architecture, which uses copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU to speed up heat dissipation for over 20% cooler performance, DirectCU II takes cooling further with twin 100mm fans for 600% airflow.
  • Voltage Tweak: Full throttle overclocking with exclusive ASUS Voltage Tweak via Smart Doctor – boosting 50%* more speed, performance and satisfaction!    
  • Native DisplayPort Output: Advanced output option for all display types from one single output!
  • Overclocked!: Factory overclocked to perform at 782MHz, higher than stock performance, resulting in higher frame rates in games.    
  • ASUS SmartDoctor: Your intelligent hardware protection and powerful overclocking tool
  • ASUS Gamer OSD: Real-time overclocking, benchmarking and video capturing in any PC game!
  • Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology: Optimizes colors in various entertainment scenarios with five special modes — standard, game, scenery, night view and theater.
  • Powered by NVIDIA® GeForce GTX580:     NVIDIA Force with CUDA
  • GeForce CUDA™L : Unlocks the power of GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks
  • NVIDIA SLI Ready: NVIDIA® SLI™ Supports multi-GPU technology for extreme performance ode   
  • PhysX by NVIDIA, NVIDIA PhysX™: Dynamic visual effects like blazing explosions, reactive debris, realistic water, and lifelike characters
  • NVIDIA® 3D Vision™: Immersive yourself in 3D gaming world
  • Full DirectX 11 Support DirectX® 11 Done Right Brings new levels of visual realism to gaming on the PC and get top-notch performance
  • Compatible with Windows7: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Compatible Enable PC users to enjoy an advanced computing experience and to do more with their PC   

All information courtesy of ASUS at http://usa.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/ENGTX580_DCII2DIS1536MD5/#overview

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  8. Testing: HAWX 2
  9. Testing: Lost Planet 2
  10. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.5
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Mafia II
  13. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  14. Testing: Futuremark 3DMark 2011
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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