Nvidia GTX 580 To Cost £399

UK-based retailer Yoyotech has released the first semi-official details of the soon-to-be released Nvidia GTX580 GPU with a graphics card featuring the beast available for £399 including VAT.

The graphics card, which only bears Nvidia's logo and appears to be a two-slot component, has 512 full CUDA cores, a whopping 1.5GB 384-bit GDDR5 memory with a claimed 4Gbps data transfer, dual DVI and mini HDMI ports.

Yoyotech says that it is at least 30 per cent faster than its predecessor, the GTX480 in 3DMark Vantage benchmark.

The company has also unveiled what it calls the "World's first GTX580 PC" for £999; the Warbird GTX580 Black Ops Edition comes with a "professionally overclocked" Intel Core i5 CPU (@4GHz), 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 memory, a 1TB Spinpoint F3 drive, a Thermaltake Contac29 PSU and a special Nvidia Edition full tower chassis.

Yoyotech sells a motherboard with the PSU, the memory and the overclocked processor for £364 which means that the chassis and the hard disk drive must cost £236 (note that it doesn't come with an operating system).

The arrival of the new GTX580 means that prices of other cards, like the GTX460, are likely to fall significantly.

The GTX 580 was announced back in March 2010 with Nvidia's president and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang promising back then that the 400 series was merely a "tease" for what the Fermi architecture can "really accomplish".