Total War: Shogun 2
World of Planes (alpha)
Hard Reset Demo
The first and foremost thing we can note about the results is that there is little, if any, advantage from the EVGA card’s 3 gigabytes of memory. It’s only in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and only at 2560x1600 with FSAA that we can see a significant difference: the EVGA card is almost twice as fast as the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SuperOverclock 1.5 GB. However, that was just a single game out of the total of 18 tests.
We can also note that the EVGA is slightly inferior (by 1-2 fps) to the Gigabyte at the same frequencies (855/1710/4100 MHz). This may be due to different memory timings or BIOS versions.
And the last thing we can learn from this test session is that the Radeon HD 6970 cannot match Nvidia’s top-end solutions even if overclocked to 940/6000 MHz. With the two exceptions of Just Cause 2 and Total War: Shogun 2, the GeForce GTX 580 is up to 30% faster.
Here is a table with the full test results:
The EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified 3 GB didn’t demonstrate anything extraordinary in terms of performance compared to the fast version of GeForce GTX 580 we tested previously. Moreover, looks like Gigabyte card outdoes the EVGA offering in acoustic performance, cooling efficiency, overclocking potential and price. On the other hand, it is important to understand that these are somewhat different products, and not only due to the different amount of onboard graphics memory.
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified was designed by true computer enthusiasts and is targeted specifically for such enthusiasts, because it offers a lot of unique features: high-quality components with long service life, reinforced power circuitry, special connectors for measuring voltages, an EVBot connector, LED indicators, dual BIOS, etc. In other words, those who are the primary target group for this particular graphics card will choose it no matter what, even though this group may be not very numerous. These features are going to be appreciated by enthusiasts whereas most other users will be quite satisfied with simpler and cheaper graphics cards which are just as fast.