Nvidia fires up its GeForce GTX 580

Nvidia has debuted its long-awaited, Fermi-powered GeForce GTX 580. The graphics card – which was reengineered from the transistor-level up – offers significantly optimized performance for DX11 gaming.

The GTX 580 also features a vapor chamber thermal cooling system, along with new architectural enhancements that provide an increase of up to 35% in performance per watt and a 30% increase in speed compared to the GTX 480.

Indeed, the 512-core GeForce GTX 580 is reportedly up to 160 percent faster than competing cards in games that feature intense tessellation. 

Even in previous-generation DX9 and DX10 games, the GeForce GTX 580 is thought to be faster by up to 62%, including in rendering titles such as StarCraft II.

Additional specs include:

  • 512 cores.
  • 16 PolyMorph engines.
  • Up to 35 percent improvement in performance/watt efficiency.
  • 2 billion triangles/second.
  • Provides game developers total creative freedom to create cutting-edge DX11 games.
  • Full support for Nvidia 3D Vision, Surround and SLI technology.

The GeForce GTX 580 is currently available at a $500 price point.