This morning NVIDIA has introduced the GeForce GTX 580 video card after many weeks of rumors. It has only been seven months since NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 480 video card, but that card is officially no longer the flagship GPU of the NVIDIA arsenal. Priced at $499, the GeForce GTX 580 comes at the same suggested retail price as the GeForce GTX 480 did, but the video card has higher clock speeds and all 512 CUDA cores enabled thanks to a new GPU die revision.
"The thing is that the GeForce GTX 580 doesn't run at the same clock speed; the GTX 580 runs at higher clock speeds! The GeForce GTX 480 had a GPU clock of 700MHz, a Stream Processor clock of 1401MHz and the 1536MB frame buffer consisting of Samsung GDDR5 memory was clocked at 924MHz, for an effective data rate of 3696MHz. The GeForce GTX 580 has a GPU core clock speed of 772MHz, a Stream Processor clock of 1544MHz and the 1536MB GDDR5 memory is now running at 1002MHz, for an effective data rate of 4008MHz. Looking at the picture above you can see the GeForce GTX 480 sitting below the new GeForce GTX 580. Visually the two cards are very different looking and this is thanks to the improvements on the GF110 Fermi core. The GeForce GTX 580 runs cooler and uses less power despite the fact that it runs at a core clock speed that is 10.3% faster than the GTX 480..."