Zotac GTX 580 AMP²! Review

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Nvidia’s GTX590 has been launched to a mixed reception and with the array of VRM hardware related issues many people are turning their attention to the GTX580, which could still be Nvidia’s finest hour. Many 580′s have won KitGuru’s highest awards and rightly so because this solution still remains the fastest single GPU graphics card on the market.

We recently reviewed the Zotac GTX580 AMP! and felt that while it was a great card that the price point was all wrong, especially as it included a reference nVidia cooler. Today we look at the GTX 580 AMP²! which is supplied with a custom, dual fan cooler.

Now this is more like it!

The previous Zotac GTX580 AMP! featured a rather lame reference heatsink, which seems a poor choice for a flagship card, many months after launch.

The Zotac GTX 580 AMP²! ships with a 815mhz core clock, an increase from 772mhz on the reference card, and the 3GB of GDDR5 memory is overclocked from 1002mhz to 1026mhz.

Product nVidia GTX 580 Zotac GTX 580 AMP²!
Shader Units 512 512
GPU GF110 GF110
ROPs 48 48
Transistors 3000M 3000M
Memory Count 1.5GB 3GB
Memory Bus Width 384 bit 384 bit
Core Clock 772mhz 815 mhz
Memory Clock 1002 mhz 1026 mhz
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Zotac GTX 580 AMP²! Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • John
    April 6, 2011
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    Wow that is an amazing looking card. if they could drop the price I think it would sell great for them, ive never seen a 580 peak at 60c in furmark

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  • Dizzy
    April 6, 2011
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    Wait a minute, are they seriously trying to charge £500 in the UK for a GTX580? thats only 60 less than a 590 !

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  • Colin
    April 6, 2011
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    This has to be voted as one of the prettiest video cards on the market. ever. Its what LL Cool J would have in his rap days.

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  • Bannith me not
    April 6, 2011
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    Nice cooler, if they dropped the price by £100 it would be a great buy, not sure how they worked that out. its not worth £80 more than the Asus Direct CU II, regardless of gold fans.

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  • Arsenal Fan
    April 6, 2011
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    That is a brilliant graphics card, and I like the PCB design, I wish nvidia had gotten it right with the 590, but maybe thats why partners are charging so much for 580, they know its much better really long term. ?

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  • sysdawg
    May 9, 2011
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    QUESTION TO THE REVIEWER:

    The review says the Zotac GTX 580 AMP² is the model reviewed, and clearly lists 1.5GB…but the Zotac website lists the AMP² as having 3GB. So what model was really reviewed, please? The 3GB AMP²? Or the 1.5GB AMP?

    Thanks in advance.

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  • Zardon
    May 9, 2011
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    GPuz screen is right on page 2, is 3GB.

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  • sysdawg
    May 9, 2011
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    Thanks, Zardon, and thanks for the review. FYI page one needs correcting, it currently reads “ships with a 815mhz core clock, an increase from 772mhz on the reference card, and the 1536MB of GDDR5 memory is overclocked from 1002mhz to 1026mhz”

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  • Zardon
    May 9, 2011
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    Thanks, sorry about that. fixed.

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