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NVIDIA Geforce GTX 570 Review



Testing of the GTX 570 from NVIDIA will consist of running it 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 it falls 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 card at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see how much additional performance is available and to determine if it can run with the current fastest single-GPU cards on the market. The drivers used in this test will be the 260.89 Forceware drivers from NVIDIA for all cards save the GTX 580 and the 10.10 Catalyst drivers for AMD. Tests will be conducted at both stock and overclocked settings to gauge performance when an increase in clock speed is applied. There is a change in how our graphs are now setup, with the card being tested highlighted in GREEN for NVIDIA video cards and RED for AMD Radeon cards. As our tests are very comprehensive, we hope this makes it a little bit easier to pick them out of the crowd. The cards are placed in order from highest to lowest performing.



Comparison Video Cards:



  • NVIDIA Reference GTX 570 785/1570/1013MHz

Overclocking the GTX 570 was a challenge. After speaking to NVIDIA about the clock speeds to expect from this offering, the expectation was that it should overclock around the same as the GTX 580 since they are the same core. Of course every card produced will fall somewhere on a bell curve. You will have the overachievers on the far side of the curve, the underachievers at the start of the curve and all the rest falling somewhere in between on the "bell". I can't help but think that this card falls close to the underachievers side of the bell with a fully stable 53Mhz, or about 7% increase over the baseline 732MHz. The increase on the memory was just as slim with an increase 1013MHz, or an increase of 633MHz (6%). This makes this card officially the lowest overclocking "Fermi" derivative I have tested. Is this indicative of all the GTX 570s? I think not and only time will tell just how well they will do when you have the ability to tweak the voltage to the core for increased clock speeds and performance. Looking at the thermal performance of the GTX 570, it is almost a mirror image of the GTX 580 in both the temperatures delivered and the noise level of the fan. The fan and thermal solution are the same, so you get the same noise signature that is far and away better than the previous generation. Locked up tight in a case and the card is no more offensive than some of the medium-speed 120mm fans on the market when at full speed or about 3600RPM.

One thing that was a shocker was the over current protection system utilized by NVIDIA that throttles current to the card if there is an increase in the current demand associated with so called power virus programs, such as OCCT, Furmark and Kombuster. To this end, NVIDIA installed hardware on the PCB that detects this increase and pulls down the current to keep the card temperatures down and keep you from killing the core. There is now a way to defeat this, as shown by Techpowerup, but would not be recommended for use with an air-cooled card. Whether this works with the GTX 570 or just the GTX 580 will come down to some additional play time. If you plan on playing with some dry ice or liquid nitrogen then go for it, as with higher core voltage the GTX 580 scales well.



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. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  5. Testing: Metro 2033
  6. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  7. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  8. Testing: Just Cause 2
  9. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
  10. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  11. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  12. Testing: 3DMark 06
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Testing: Temperatures
  15. Testing: Power Consumption
  16. Conclusion
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