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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Review: The Fastest Graphics Card Today

With our two DirectX 10 games out of the way, we move on to DirectX 11, which forms the majority of our test suite.

Colin McRae DiRT 2 is the sequel to the popular Colin McRae DiRT.

Our in-game settings are:

  • 8x multisample anti-aliasing, and
  • details set to the Ultra preset




The GeForce GTX 580 sent the rest packing in DiRT 2; not only was it roughly 20% faster than the GTX 480, it disposed the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970 too. 



S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is the third instalment of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. survival first-person shooter series, and is also the sequel to Shadow of Chernobyl.

We ran Call of Pripyat with:

  • DirectX 11 rendering mode,
  • detail level set of Ultra,
  • tesellation enabled,
  • 4x multisample anti-aliasing, and
  • high quality space screen ambient occulsion





Like in Resident Evil 5, the GeForce GTX 580 matches up very well against the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970, and surpasses the latter at 2560 x 1600.

Comparing against the soon-to-be-replaced Radeon HD 5870, the GTX 580 pulls a staggering 50% lead.


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