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Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum Review

tacohunter52    -   February 21, 2011
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Testing:

Testing of the Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum Edition will consist of running them and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of equal and greater capabilities to show where they fall on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles to give you an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing, with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing, where PhysX will be disabled in the NVIDIA control panel. I will test the cards at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see the effects of any increases in clock speed. The cards are placed in order from highest to lowest performing in the graphs to show where the cards fall by comparison.

 

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

  • Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum 993/1130/1986MHz

Overclocking the Palit GTX 570 was surprisingly easy and just as surprisingly awesome. Before I touched any of the clock speeds, I instantly increased the voltage and the fan speed as high as they would go. I then started increasing the core and memory clocks in increments of ten. After the core clock had gone 100MHz past its original clock, I was expecting problems, but none came. In fact, I was able to continue increasing the clock speed above 990MHz! I must admit I was not expecting this. In my excitement I decided to try and bring the core clock up to an even 1GHz. Sadly, I was instantly greeted with a system crash the moment I tried to run a benchmark. After this, I began lowering the core clock until stability was regained. I then began to fine tune the memory clock. In the end, I was left with a core clock of 993MHz, a memory clock of 1130MHz, and a shader clock of 1986MHz. I must say, I was extremely impressed with this card.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

In the past, I had used MSI's Kombuster utility to check for stability coupled with the ability to run through the entire test suite. I have found that some game tests would still fail with this utility, so I have moved to testing with several games at maximum settings through several resolutions to verify the clock speeds that are listed below. Why the change? I have found some cards will play fine at a 4xAA setting, but fail when using 8xAA due to the increased graphics load. If it fails, then the clock speeds and tests are rerun until they pass.

   

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Aliens vs. Predator
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  5. Just Cause 2
  6. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
  7. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  9. 3DMark 06 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Just Cause 2
  10. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
  11. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  12. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Testing: 3DMark 11
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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