NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card Review

NVIDIA is launching its new GeForce GTX 570 which is poised to take the mainstream performance crown. We will compare it to GeForce GTX 470, Radeon HD 6870, GeForce GTX 480, and GeForce GTX 580. Is the GTX 570 the next great GPU value?

Introduction

If you thought NVIDIA was done for the year when it launched the GeForce GTX 580 a month ago, you would be mistaken. In a surprising move NVIDIA is launching the GeForce GTX 570 with NVIDIA telling us that there will be immediate availability.

As the name suggests the GeForce GTX 570 squeezes in right behind the GeForce GTX 580 in both price and performance. The GeForce GTX 570 is the successor to the GeForce GTX 470. The new GeForce GTX 570 is going to be priced at an MSRP of $349. This is an excellent price point to target, and if you recall the GeForce GTX 470 launch, it was also launched with an MSRP of $349. With current price drops you can find GeForce GTX 470 video cards now for as low as $254.99.

GeForce GTX 570

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The GeForce GTX 570 is based on the same GPU that is found in the GeForce GTX 580. If you look back at our evaluationof the GTX 580 we elaborated on several new enhancements at the transistor level that were made to the GTX 580. Every bit of those transistor level enhancements which provide a clock-for-clock performance advantage natively are present in the new GeForce GTX 570.

The vapor chamber GPU cooler introduced in the GeForce GTX 580 is also in use on the GeForce GTX 570. The vapor chamber and improved fan will provide a less intrusive sound profile, which has been a big advantage for NVIDIA on the GeForce GTX 580.

NVIDIA has equipped the GeForce GTX 570 with 480 CUDA Cores. The GeForce GTX 480 also has 480 CUDA Cores. The new GeForce GTX 580 has 512 CUDA Cores, while the GeForce GTX 470 has 448 CUDA Cores. We can see that the new GTX 570 matches the GTX 480, at least in terms of shader processing potential.

The GTX 570 stock core clock speed is 732MHz, with the CUDA Cores running at 1464MHz. This compares with the GTX 470 running at 607MHz core and 1215MHz CUDA Cores and the GTX 480 running at 700MHz core and 1401MHz CUDA Cores. The GTX 570 clock speeds are impressive when compared to both the GTX 470 and GTX 480. The GeForce GTX 580 runs at 772MHz core and 1544MHz CUDA Cores for comparison.

Memory will be comprised of 1280MB of GDDR5 on a 320-bit bus. The memory frequency will be 3.8GHz, providing 152GB/sec of bandwidth. This compares to 133GB/sec of bandwidth on the GTX 470, 177GB/sec of bandwidth on the GTX 480 and 192GB/sec of bandwidth on the GTX 580.

Aside from the memory bandwidth, the GTX 570 should have faster shader performance than the GeForce GTX 480! Already we are excited to see how it compares. The maximum board power is rated at 219 Watts, and the recommended power supply is 550 Watts.

GTX 570 Pictures

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The GeForce GTX 570 looks identical to the GeForce GTX 580. It is exactly the same length as the GTX 580 at 10.5 inches long. It uses the same vapor chamber and heatsink shroud. The only way to tell the two video cards apart is to look at the power connectors. The GTX 580 uses one 8-pin connector and one 6-pin, while the GeForce GTX 570 uses two 6-pin connectors. The same display connections are supported in the GTX 570, dual-link DVI and HDMI. SLI is fully supported with two connectors atop the video card. All the exhaust ports are identical between the GTX 570 and GTX 580.