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Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum Review

tacohunter52    -   February 21, 2011
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Many users came to know and love the NVIDIA GTX 480, but as with all components, it eventually had to be replaced. Luckily for us, NVIDIA replaced the GTX 480 with the more power conscious GTX 570. We've seen a few of these cards from different manufacturers and none of them have been a disappointment. Just as with the other GTX 570s, the Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum did everything except make me wish I was using a better videocard. The Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum offered an immense amount of performance at both stock and overclocked settings. Throughout our benchmarking suite, it was able to continuously perform on par, or better than, ATI's HD 6970. Not only that, but it was occasionally able to offer up performance equal to that of the GTX 580. The GTX 570 Sonic Platinum overclocked extremely well and performing the overclock was surprisingly easy. Once overclocked, the card gave us a fairly large FPS increase in each benchmark. When it came to temperatures, the Palit card wasn't the hottest and it wasn't the coolest. However, the cooler did work very well, all while staying incredibly quiet. As for power consumption, the Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum stayed about 10W under the GTX 580 — at least until we hit load at the overclocked settings. At this point, the power consumption shot way up, but that's alright considering the performance increase we received.

The Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum's performance isn't all you'll be getting when you purchase this card. You'll also receive all the bells and whistles of owning a GPU from NVIDIA. This includes both NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX technologies. Not only that, but you'll also be able to utilize NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology, provided you have the correct setup. This means you'd need at least two of these cards in SLI and the correct 3D Vision Ready displays. You will also be greeted with NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, OpenGL 4.1, and HDMI 4.1a support. Not too shabby of a bundle!

From what I've seen, this is an extremely great video card and its whole package comes at a very affordable $369. However, this may be a bit much for someone looking to build a casual mid range desktop. That being said, I'd recommend this card to anyone looking to build a higher end gaming computer.

 

Pros:

  • Extremely Great Overclocker!
  • Great Performance
  • Good Cooler
  • Quiet Cooler
  • PhysX Support
  • NVIDIA CUDA Support
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Support
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology
  • Nice price for the performance

 

Cons:

  • None


 

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