Who can deny how cool EVGA has become in the enthusiast market? I mean, they have alway made good products that are reliable and fast. But, in the past couple years, they have really cranked up their game. Now you can even get a video card that comes stock with a water block!!
Check out the review that Hot Hardware did of the EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2.
Once you’ve been bit by the enthusiast bug, a funny thing happens. Graphics cards are never fast enough. Processors will never be too powerful. And motherboards will never have too many features. Manufacturers continue to push the envelope and make enthusiast level products because of demand. Along with the goal of being the best in their respective markets, many hardware companies continue to improve their product line up to stay competitive, while also offering consumers options at different price points and performance levels.
Located in Brea, California, EVGA has a solid reputation in the industry. Their customer service support is top notch with an exclusive Step-up Program and lifetime warranties on many products. As an NVIDIA add in board (AIB) partner, EVGA regularly modifies reference design models in order to accommodate consumers who desire products that perform faster, run cooler, and operate with less noise. In general, they achieve this by aggressively binning GPUs to provide factory overclocked options and substituting the stock cooler with an advanced aftermarket solution.
The EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 is made for a specific type of enthusiast. It comes with a custom, pre-installed water block that eliminates two of the biggest concerns associated with high end graphics cards: heat and noise. When interconnected to a liquid cooling loop, the HC2 makes no sound and operates at relatively frigid temperatures. The lower operating conditions inherently lead to increased overclocking ability and the performance edge that goes along with it. Keep reading as we install this monster in our liquid cooled test bed to see how fast it can really go.