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Getting Ready for GeForce GTX 580 Upgrade for Stereo 3D Gaming

December 1st, 2010 · 11 Comments · Other S3D Tech

I just got my hands on the brand new GeForce GTX 580 a.k.a. the new high-end single GPU by Nvidia and I was frankly quite surprised in a good way from it. If you remember when the GTX 480 was announced there were a lot of people complaining that the video cards based on that GPU were getting very hot and noisy when they are under load. I’ve been using GTX 480 for a while now, but I’ve solved all my possible problems by going with water cooling for the video cards, so they are kept cooler and they are not noisy and I would recommend to anyone going for a single or especially dual GTX 480s to go for water cooling instead to stay with the default air cooler. On the other hand the new GTX 580 is surprisingly cool while remaining quite silent even under high load, after about an hour with the card running Fur Mark at extreme settings it was about 74 degrees Celsius and the fan was running at just 56% meaning pretty much silent. If you ask me Nvidia should’ve gone out earlier with the new cooler using vapor chamber technology not only for the GTX 580, but the 480s should’ve been equipped with it too and they would’ve been ranked much higher in all the reviews than they were due to the heat and noise complaints. So the GTX 580 is perfectly usable with the air cooling and can even handle some overclock without the card getting much noisier, reaching to a level that you will find it uncomfortable, so well done Nvidia.

But back on the water cooling, the main reason I wanted to get my hands on a GTX 580 was to see if the new cards will be compatible with the full cover water cooling block from EK for the GTX 480 since I already had these. After seeing the first GTX 580 photos I was pretty sure that the water cooling blocks will also fit on the new cards, but today I was able to personally confirm that if I go for GTX 580 I will not have to replace my older (are they old already?) water cooling blocks for the GTX 480. This was pretty much enough for me to consider upgrading to GTX 580 from GTX 480 and due to that I’ll be doing some benchmarks, comparing the older top model and the new top model in stereo 3D mode. I just want to be sure that I’ll be getting even better results while gaming in stereo 3D mode with GTX 580 than with GTX 480, and while waiting for the new Crysis game, I’ll have to do with the Metro 2033 for being one of the heaviest game titles even when not in S3D. So expect some results later on and meanwhile I’m taking my tools and am going to work on the PC to replace the video cards… ;)

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick 3DvB // Dec 1, 2010 at 22:32

    Nvidia have added a special down-clocking routine that prevents apps like Furmark working properly, use the latest GPU-Z to disable that feature to get the real load temps:


  • 2 Bloody // Dec 1, 2010 at 23:11

    I’ll try that too, but I’m more interested into the performance improvements…

  • 3 Helifax // Dec 1, 2010 at 23:19

    I’m really looking forward to see the results:) On a side note, I’m really glad I didn’t get the GTX 480 and I’m “stuck” with my 2xGTx295:)) I wonder if the newly GTX580 can overcome 2xgtx295 in performance…as 1xGTX295 is equivalent with a GTX480 (in dx10).

  • 4 Nick 3DvB // Dec 2, 2010 at 02:24

    3DMark11 should be out next week, that will give the card a nice work out! 8 )

  • 5 Bloody // Dec 2, 2010 at 09:56

    A lot of people will be “playing” for a while the new 3DMark when it comes out… ;)

  • 6 chris // Dec 2, 2010 at 12:22

    bloody so can you confirm 100% the ek block fits as i have same one, and cannot justify another £100 on top if it don’t , and what was the make of your 480 please ?

  • 7 Cesar Sommer // Dec 2, 2010 at 16:45

    uhh nice one :)!! Have fun.

    I have the Asus Nvida GTX 480 as replacement of my old 9800 which i fried up..

  • 8 DarkUltra // Dec 2, 2010 at 23:28

    How about a GPU block and a full-cover heatsink? cheaper when yo uupgrade. It looks like the cooler on the 480 and 580 have separate full cover heatsink and GPU heatsink.


  • 9 Bloody // Dec 3, 2010 at 01:22

    Chris, yes, I already have the GTX 580 water cooled with the full cover block from the GTX 480 along with the backplate and it is running just fine.

    DarkUltra, if it is only a water cooling block for the GPU you can leave the black metal plate that the fan is attached to in order for it to cool the RAM and the power elements. This way you can easily upgrade the video card without worrying like with a full cover block…

  • 10 Nick 3DvB // Dec 4, 2010 at 01:39

    I did the same thing with my 5850, but Furmark got the power phases up to 120C so I had to add some extra cooling… lol


  • 11 DarkUltra // Mar 5, 2011 at 21:32

    Yes that is very nice, I got a 470 now and my old dtek gpu block actually fit with the black metal plate. I let the gpu fan connected and run auto, and it is running at a 1200rpm no matter the load so it is inaudible. The rest of my system have 12cm papbst and noctua fans that are also very slow and quiet.

    I see the new gtx 580 also have separate gpu and ram/power regulator heatsinks. I hope NVIDIA continues this design in future cards, that would be a major selling point for me.

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