Thursday, January 20, 2011

A review of the EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2

The EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 is made for a specific type of enthusiast. It comes with a custom, pre-installed water block that eliminates two of the biggest concerns associated with high end graphics cards: heat and noise. When interconnected to a liquid cooling loop, the HC2 makes no sound and operates at relatively frigid temperatures. The lower operating conditions inherently lead to increased overclocking ability and the performance edge that goes along with it. Keep reading as we install this monster in our liquid cooled test bed to see how fast it can really go.

Let's get this out of the way first. The GTX 580 FTW HC2 is really expensive. While it's not the most expensive consumer gaming card out there (Asus HD 5970 Ares 4GB sells for $1099), buying the HC2 will leave a considerable hole in your wallet. But if you're seriously interested in this card, it's a safe bet that price is not the deciding factor in your purchasing decision. There are plenty of mainstream models that offer better bang for your buck. This card targets the ultra high end of the market and was designed for the handful of enthusiasts that want no comprimise solutions.

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