Introducing Nvidia’s GTX 580 – Fermi Improved!

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV) is a sandbox-style action-adventure video game released by Rockstar in late 2008. It is the sixth game in the Grand Theft Auto series. Two episodic expansion packs have since been released since then as late as April of this year. The game is set in a redesigned rendition of Liberty City, a fictional city based heavily on modern day New York City. It follows Niko Bellic, a war veteran from Eastern Europe. He comes to the United States in search of the American Dream and enters a world of organized crime, gangs and corruption. GTA IV is mostly composed of elements from driving games and third-person shooters which features free-roaming gameplay. It features an online multiplayer mode, the first of the GTA series to do so.

Here are the settings that we used. The GTX 480 and GTX 580 by virtue of having 1.5 GB vRAM, can use even higher settings than the Radeons (which are pictured below running nearly out of resources).

First we test at 2560×1600 resolution

Now we test of 1920×1200.

All of our GTXes are grouped tightly and they all give a similar playable experience. AMD’s Radeons are significantly slower at the settings that we have chosen although their playability according to the demo results are OK.

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apoppin

Founder and Senior Editor of ABT.

  • El_Member

    Amazing review guys, I wonder if I can evolve my GTX 480 to 580 using EVGA’s RMA process. I need maor powah!!!

  • DT

    I think this is the best GTX 580 review I’ve seen on the net! And I’ve read almost all of them. Thanks for testing so many game titles and especially DX9 titles. I still run XP, so it’s important for me to see how the card did in them. Most reviews only have one or two DX9 games tested, some don’t have any. After reading this review I made up my mind about getting this card. Thanks!

  • DT

    Oh, and I forgot to ask: please use same titles when reviewing the upcoming HD 6970. Thanks!

  • Gertrude Jenkins

    I had 3 580 GTX’s in my system using a Core i7 980x, and it crashed during minesweeper.

  • apoppin

    How did it go with the step up program?

    Thanks for the kind words. And I generally use the same titles and same settings for the high end cards.

    I will be very busy for the next few days. :)

  • Chris

    A very comprehensive review.

    It seems that Nvidia has upped its game. I’ve always preferred single GPU solutions over SLI or Crossfire, as have many others, although right now this is out of my budget. It exceeded expectations – cooler and faster. I wonder what AMD’s response will be like.