NVIDIA and AMD have traded the title of world's fastest this and that for years between the two. NVIDIA has now announced that it has the world's fastest DX11 GPU with its new GeForce GTX 580. The new GPU has gone official today and has been designed to increase the performance of the GPU field and to be more power efficient. This is the card that uses that new vapor cooling technology I talked about not long ago.
The new GPU supports all of those features that past NV GPUs supported like 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, SLI, and CUDA. The new cooling solution and the power miserly design work together to make for a GPU with an increase of 35% in performance per watt compared to the GTX 480 while being a full 30% faster than the older GPU. The GTX 580 also supports tessellation and has 520 cores inside.
"For Crysis 2, we'll take advantage of what NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 580 GPUs bring," said Cevat Yerli, president and CEO of Crytek. "A supersoldier that needs to save NYC from an alien invasion needs the best tech possible. That's not only his Nanosuit, but also stunning DX11 geometric realism that a GPU like the GeForce GTX 580 can offer for our PC gamers."
The new video card is being offered by just about every NVIDIA card partner out there with cards unveiled today from ASL, ASUS, Colorful, ECS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, Jetway, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, Sparkle, Zotac and others. The main features of the new GTX 580 GPU include 512 cores and 16 polymorph engines. The card is being offered for a hard launch, meaning cards are available to purchase today at $499. The card is able to deliver new levels of geometric realism with the ability to process 2 billion triangles per second.
"At Epic, we've standardized on NVIDIA GeForce GPUs for Unreal Engine 3 development," said Tim Sweeney, Founder, Epic Games. "The GTX 580 offers even more rendering and compute power than NVIDIA's previous high end GeForce GPU but thanks to its new cooling system it's also much more quiet. Whether you're an engineer working with the Unreal Technology or a gamer who wants the ultimate Bulletstorm experience, the GTX 580 delivers."