Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card Review

Zotac GTX 580 Overview
As I said in the introduction this is a reference card so we are not going to see much of any difference between this card and the actual NVIDIA card.  Zotac has put a sticker on the fan shroud to let you know this is a Zotac card.

Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card

The card itself is 10.5-inches long so make sure you have enough room inside your case for it.

Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card

There is a single fan towards the end of the card that does most of the cooling.  This card uses a full shroud that covers the entire card.  The GTX 580 uses vapor chamber technology, which we have seen on many other cards.  See the diagram below that shows you how exactly it works.

Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card

The card uses a dual PCI slot design on the back.  The top is of course for the exhaust for the cooler and below that you have the connections.  We have a pair of dual-link DVI connections and a miniHDMI connection.  There is a miniHDMI to HDMI connection included.  On the opposite side of the card you have a 6pin and 8pin PCI-E power connectors.  The GTX 580 requires a 600W or greater power supply.

Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card

Flipping the card over there really is not that much to see except the black PCB of the card.  Towards the top edge of the card you will see 2 SLI bridges.  This card supports two, three and quad SLI configurations.

Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card

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