• EVGA GTX 580 Classified Announced

    After much waiting, EVGA has released a new flagship single GPU, dubbed the GTX 580 Classified. It's a non reference GTX 580 geared toward extreme overclocking and performance. After viewing the success of their GTX 285 Classified, GTX 570 Classified, and GTX 590 Classified, it's safe to assume that the GTX 580 Classified should be an impressive product!


    EVGA has lots of comments on their GTX 580 Classified. Overclockers known as k|ngp|n and TiN, who have represented EVGA in previous overclocking world records, were not satisfied with the overclocking capabilities of traditional GTX 580s, so EVGA wanted to make their dreams come true.

    Vince "k|ngp|n" Lucido and Illya "TiN" Tsemenko are not satisfied with the overclocking capabilities of current generation graphics cards. They want overclocking capabilities and performance that exists beyond what is traditionally considered enthusiast level. To overcome this, they began to work with EVGA on designing a new card from the ground up that is 100% focused on being the single fastest and greatest overclocking card on the block. This was accomplished with the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified.

    While competitors spend time adding dual GPUs to cards that already support SLI, increasing them to 3 slots, crippling them with only 1.5GB of memory, and/or quadrupling the price, we wanted to take a different approach. One that made sense for both gamers and enthusiasts.

    "I wanted a graphics card that overclocked to hell and back without limits," said Vince "k|ngp|n" Lucido. "With the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified, we were able to reach GPU clockspeeds at over 1.6GHz."

    "With the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified, we focused on the key elements that the GPU and Memory need when overclocking. Power, stability, noise ripple reduction and extreme OC mode without limits. The design was created with overclocking in mind." Said Illya "TiN" Tsemenko.

    The EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified is engineered and designed to perform for everyone, from gamers to the top overclocking enthusiasts in the world. The dual slot top cooled design means that you do not need to worry about space or motherboard layout limitations, and this card supports everything from single card up to 4-way SLI out of the box.
    EVGA will release both a 1.5GB GTX 580 Classified and 3GB model. Both include dual DVI-I ports, lifetime warranty upon registration, 855 MHz core clock, 1710 MHz processor clock, 1053 MHz memory clock, and 202.1 GB/s memory bandwidth. They're also 11 inches or 280mm long. Now let's go over the features of the GTX 580 Classified.

    As usual the GTX 580 supports up to 4-way SLI mode. Here's a general look of the air cooled version. It is shaped similar to the 8800 Ultra.

    On the back you see the high flow bracket, which from my testing lowered GTX 480 load temperatures by four degrees celsius. This is also where the two DVI-I ports and EVBot attachment point are.

    Flipping the card around, we see the power connectors. That's two 8-pin PCI-E and a 6-pin PCI-E connection, folks. Don't get alarmed - these aren't all necessary. By default the GTX 580 Classifieds only have a moderate overclock so only one 6-pin PCI-E and one 8-pin PCI-E connector are mandatory when using the card with the stock air cooler.

    Here's another view, showing off the nice aesthetics and 80mm fan.

    The air cooled version comes with a manual and driver CD as normal.

    Video adapters, a dual 4-pin molex to 6-pin PCI-E, and a dual 6-pin PCI-E to 8-pin PCI-E adapter are also included.

    Here is a final shot of the air cooled card (3GB model in this picture), before we move on.

    So the GTX 580 Classified is designed to overclock better due to higher end PCB components. Compared to the reference model, it has a reworked heat sink as well for improved cooling and reduced noise. The fan size is 80mm, and it appears to utilize the vapor chamber cooling design of the stock GTX 580.

    The EVGA GTX 580 utilizes a hefty 14+3 phase power design which can deliver over 1000W of power for extreme overclocking.

    Onboard voltage read points are supplied for better monitoring.

    Higher end PCB components include the super low ESR, high frequency shielded inductor.

    The GTX 580 Classified also supports EVBot, which can be used for on the fly overclocking and monitoring.

    Here's that 80mm fan I mentioned, which blows air over the heat sink and out of the case. The GTX 580 Classified includes EVGA's high flow bracket, which from my testing reduced my GTX 480 load temperatures by four degrees Celsius. This however may seem underwhelming compared to EVGA's DS coolers.

    There will also be a GTX 580 Classified Hydro Copper, a water cooled solution. It is a full cover block made of chrome plated electrolytic C110 copper. For added bling, it has a red glowing EVGA logo on the side.

    Here are some product photos.

    The water block includes a 0.6mm thin-pin matrix for optimal thermal transfer.

    You can also get a custom SLI bridge from EVGA with swappable inlet/outlet ports.

    A clear window is provided, allowing you to check the water flow.

    It's a full cover block, meaning it will also cool the VRM and other PCB components, and it supports for 1/2" or 3/8" ID water cooling tubes.

    A custom backplate is included for aesthetics.

    Lets not forget extreme cooling! The EVGA GTX 580 Classified is ready for liquid nitrogen, phase change, TEC, and other extreme cooling methods. This is how a 1.6GHz overclock was achieved.

    An OC BIOS mode is included for extreme cooling. This disables the thermal monitoring functions for reduced cold bug issues.

    An extreme cooling bracket is sold separately which ensures that the VRM is adequately cooled when using extreme cooling.

    The GTX 580 Classified 1.5GB is currently available for pre-order at $549.99. They'll all be available relatively soon. The air cooled 3GB model has a list price of $599.99, the 1.5GB Hydro Copper is $679.99, and the 3GB Hydro Copper is $729.99.

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    Comments 2 Comments
    1. strudinox's Avatar
      strudinox -
      WOW what a beast of a card! Can't wait to see some mainstream numbers on this one.
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      1.6GHz core clock is pretty sweet. Waiting for some 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage numbers.