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KFA2 GeForce GTX 580 Anarchy Edition SLI Review (1.536GB DDR5)

The KFA2 GeForce GTX 580 Anarchy Edition is a fantastic performance oriented graphics card. We already know that the GTX 580 is one of the best video cards currently available, but the Arctic Cooling solution on the Anarchy Edition really helps it stand out in such a crowded sector.

On a performance level, two of these cards are capable of powering through any of the modern Direct X 11 engines, even at the highest settings. A single card is more than enough at 1080p or 1600p, although for some gamers, the desire to crank even higher resolutions and settings will always prove too tempting.

The Accelero Xtreme Plus is another great product from Arctic Cooling and builds upon the reference edition by lowering temperatures and reducing noise emissions. We recorded under 70c when fully loaded which is a class leading result for such a powerful discrete solution. We managed to get both cards overclocked to around 860mhz with little effort, thanks in part to the excellent cooling proficiency.

Many of these custom GTX 580’s cost in the region of £450 in the UK, but the KFA2 is actually one of the cheapest cards in this series right now, retailing for £371.50 inc vat at time of publication. At this price we have no hesitation recommending it and If I was in the market myself for a GTX580, these are the cards I would buy. The cooler alone is worth £40.

KFA2 also offer a 2 year warranty, so you have some peace of mind, in case of hardware failure down the line.

Pros:

  • 2 year warranty.
  • great UK pricing.
  • GTX580 is one of the most powerful cards on the market.
  • Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus is class leading.
  • Strong SLI scaling with many games.

Cons:

  • Batman game is only supplied via selected partners.
  • No extended length SLI cable in the bundle.
  • if you want SLI be prepared to pay for a high end power supply.

Kitguru says: A fantastic card for the gamer who demands performance.

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Rating: 9.0.

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