The dust after the sequence of launches of GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA has finally settled. The GTX580 is the fastest single-GPU solution from NVIDIA’s stable. Every major manufacturer out there launches variations of the stock cards, which are either overclocked or have improved cooling solutions on them. ASUS's ENGTX580 DirectCU II is one of their models based on the GTX580 GPU, but that's not based on the reference design that NVIDIA makes.
Features and Design
The ASUS GTX580 DirectUI's most obvious design change is the cooler on top of the card. ASUS has gone with a dual fan design on this version of their GeForce GTX580. In the process, the card has grown to a much larger size. It now occupies three slots at the rear of the cabinet.
Full throttle overclocking
The card comes with plenty of connectivity options at the rear end. There are two DVI ports, an HDMI and a DisplayPort. The back of the card also has a metal plate which should help in the cooling of the card.
The GTX580 on the card operates at 782 MHz and comes with the usual 1536 of GDDR5 memory that you find on the stock GTX580. The card supports SLI using three cards. The GTX580 is a thirsty card when it comes to power. It requires 244W of power which it gets using a pair of 8-pin power connectors. A good 600W PSU should be a bare minimum if you’re going ahead with a system that’s as high up the scale as this card.
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Test rig configuration
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40 GHz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE P67A-UD3R
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 6 GB DDR3 (3 x 2 GB)
Hard drive: WD Velociraptor 300 GB
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
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