Here we can see the backside, the card measures 27cm in length. Overall, a clean dark looking PCB, lots of smaller components though. It's great to see the metal back cover, meshed. In the middle a NEC Proadlizer (Prompt, Broadband, Stabilizer) capacitor which offers ultra-high capacitance ratings.
The GeForce GTX 580 has a maximum power consumption of roughly 250 Watts, as such you'll need to power the card with two 8-pin PCIe PEG leads from your power supply. We recommend a 600W power supply to start with, with one card of course. For two cards 800W is the bare minimum.
Like any high-end GeForce graphics card, NVIDIA will allow you to opt for the multi-GPU road with SLI as an option. You can pair two or three cards in one PC and have them do a decent workout. Though due to the size of the card, 3-way SLI might become an issue with three slot coolers :)
Check out the SLI setup, yeah two is the maximum. The cooling is great though, once the ambient air has been used to cool the GPU, the hot air will be blown outside the PC through the exhaust as you can see above the monitor connectors. Always make sure you have proper ventilation inside the PC chassis especially with a setup like shown above.
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum review We received that big'ass Republic of Gamers (ROG) MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card from ASUS. The Republic of Gamers MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum graphics card is powered by an extensive 19-phase VRM circuitry that draws power from two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. The card will come with two BIOSes, so should you mess one up you have a failsafe by pressing a button. Something interesting is on-the-fly fan RPM control, check the photo's later on for that feature.
ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II SLI review We review the GTX 580 DirectCU-II and it is one big momma ! ASUS shortly ago released a new version in the flagship series of NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce GTX 580. They customized the graphics card itself, overclocked it, allow even more tweaking and to top it off, they placed a three slot wide cooling solution on it. heck let's test two of these in an SLI setup.
ASUS GTX560 DirectCU II review The ASUS GTX560 DirectCU II or SKU name ENGTX560 TI-DCII tested today indeed comes all customized and factory overclocked, with quality grade components and a robust build the dark PCB of the GTX560 DirectCU II will carry a GPU clocked at 900 MHz and memory at 4200 MHz, both thus a nice chunk faster than reference.