EVGA launches single-slot GTX 580 card

Images of an upcoming single-slot version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 GPU, manufactured by EVGA, have appeared on the company's website - and it's looking like a bit of a beast.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW 1,536MB card, based around Nvidia's latest Fermi GPU, achieves its impressive size by ditching the chunky air cooling system of the reference board for a slim water-cooling block constructed from chrome-plated copper.

While it's true that this means that those interested in buying the card will also need a pump, reservoir, and all the other accoutrements associated with the water-cooling art, it does allow EVGA to shrink the card enough to cram it into a single slot without compromising on performance.

In fact, the extra capabilities of the water-cooling system have allowed EVGA to slightly overclock the card, offering a core speed of 850MHz, shader speed of 1,700MHz, and 4,196MHz effective memory speed - up from 772MHz, 1,544MHz, and 4,008MHz respectively for a standard GTX 580 card. Just like a standard board, the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW includes a 400MHz RAMDAC and 512 CUDA cores.

The SLI-capable card connects via a PCI Express 2.0 16x interface, and includes two DVI-I outputs and a mini-HDMI. Sadly, there's no full-size HDMI port to be seen, largely due to the lack of space on the single-slot design.

UK pricing has not yet been confirmed by EVGA, but given the factory overclock and the enthusiast-friendly watercooling system, you can expect the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW to sit firmly at the top end of the price spectrum.