TechPowerUp has developed a new feature for GPU-Z that allows you to disable the power throttling mechanism of NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. Disabling this feature is not recommended as it may damage your graphics card, but it's interesting to see the difference in power consumption and it could be very useful for overclockers. You can check it out over here.
NVIDIA shook the high-end PC hardware industry earlier this month with the surprise launch of its GeForce GTX 580 graphics card, which extended the lead for single-GPU performance NVIDIA has been holding. It also managed to come up with some great performance per Watt improvements over the previous generation. The reference design board, however, made use of a clock speed throttling logic which reduced clock speeds when an extremely demanding 3D application such as Furmark or OCCT is run. While this is a novel way to protect components saving consumers from potentially permanent damage to the hardware, it does come as a gripe to expert users, enthusiasts and overclockers, who know what they're doing.