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The ASUS GTX 570, at a quick glance, appears to be very similar to NVIDIA's reference design. We can see a few obvious differences on the heat spreader, but not much more. Flipping the card over reveals the card's black PCB. Once again we see no backplate on the card, but this shouldn't affect cooling much. Flipping the card upwards reveals the ASUS logo as well as the SLI and power connectors. The opposing side features nothing more than the black fan shroud.
As far as connectivity goes, anyone who purchases the ASUS GTX 570 will be able to utilize two DVI connectors and an HDMI port. The card is powered by two 6-Pin connectors and it uses the ever friendly PCIe x16 interface. Users who enjoy using the SLI feature of NVIDIA's cards will be happy to know that the ASUS GTX 570 has two SLI connectors. This means you will be able to pair this baby with some friends, as long as you've got the dough. Those friends being another one or two GTX 570's and perhaps involving NVIDIA's stereoscopic 3D Vision system with a trio of monitors for a 3D surround experience
Upon removing the plastic fan shroud we can see exactly how the ASUS GTX 570's cooler works. The massive chunk of finned aluminum sits right on top of the GF 110 core. The black fan next to it will blow air through the fins allowing the sink to dissipate more heat. We can also see that there is a large black heatspreader covering the card's memory chips as well as its other important components.
Once we remove the large metal heat spreader we are able to see the card's remaining components. This includes all of the memory modules and the GF 110 core. The ASUS GTX 570's memory is clocked at 950MHz, and its core is clocked at 742MHz. To top it all off you'll be able to utilize a shader clock of 1484MHz. In using the ASUS Smart Doctor utility to overclock the ASUS GTX 570, the question will be how high will the overclock go keeping in mind the claim of up to a 50% increase in clock speed.
Taking one last look at the cooler we can see that it is a very large chunk of finned aluminum. The large array of fins look as though they are able to dissipate a massive amount of heat due to the use of a large vapor chamber attached to the bottom of the aluminum fin array. Flipping the HSF over allows us to see how the vapor chamber is implemented and how the contact surface of the chamber is significantly higher than the one used on the GTX 580. Another point of interest is the small strips of foam that are used on the ASUS GTX 570 to force all of the air through the fin array instead of allowing some airflow around it - effectively using all of the air ingested by the fan to cool the card. It's the little things that make the difference.
Now let's take a look at how this baby performs!