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VR-Zone Exclusive: Gainward GeForce GTX 580 Phantom 3072MB Review

With a beefy radiator-like cooler and massive 3GB frame buffer, Gainward goes for the (over)kill with its new GeForce GTX 580 Phantom graphics card. Does its performance live up to its looks? VR-Zone.com finds out.

Gainward has been in the graphics card business for a very long time and are famous for their Golden Sample series. Golden Sample cards come pre-overclocked but are still able to provide ample overclocking headroom, making them a hit with enthusiasts. Those who started getting their hands dirty building their own computers since the early 2000s would have heard of, or perhaps even used one of these cards.

These days, users are looking beyond raw performance; they want a card that is not only fast, but also cool-running and quiet. Gainward has taken that task to hand by introducing the Phantom series of graphics cards. And today, VR-Zone.com takes a look at the Phantom second card that they have launched – the Gainward GeForce GTX 580 Phantom 3072MB.

A quick run through of the specifications: the GeForce GTX 580 Phantom is clocked at just 783MHz for the graphics core, 1566MHz for the shader and 2010MHz for the memory. As a comparison, the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 operates at 772MHz, 1544MHz and 2000MHz for the core, shader and memory respectively.

Gainward has decided to stay away from the flashy boxes of many other manufacturers by opting for a clean packaging design.


The inside of the box has been doused in red – the color used for packaging its higher end cards.

The box contains:

  • the card itself,
  • a DVI-to-VGA convertor,
  • a dual 6-pin to single 8-pin PCI Express power adaptor,
  • a quick start guide,
  • a driver CD, and
  • a discount coupon for Loiloscope.


Hello there, nice looking one! The GeForce GTX 580 Phantom has a black metal bracket placed over the bare aluminium heatsink. We’re pretty sure many of you think that the heatsink resembles a mini radiator.


Gainward has provided two DVI outputs, one HDMI output and one DisplayPort output. A vent on the rear PCI bracket allows some hot air to be exhausted out of the casing.


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