Size, Noise and HeatAt 26.5 cm, the GTX 570 is only very slightly shorter than the GTX 580 (27 cm). The same cooler has been used in both cards, which is certainly no bad thing. It's a very efficient heatsink, keeping the chip at acceptable temperatures (84°C) while not making too much noise during gaming (50.8 dB(A)).
At idle things are even better, as you can hardly hear it working at all. The chip is then maintained at 40°C, which is excellent. NVIDIA has obviously made some good choices here.
Power ConsumptionExcessive power consumption was a weak point for the GeForce GTX 580 and 480. Here it is much better contained. During intensive 3D usage, we took a reading of 421 watts (for the whole test computer).
This is better than the GTX 470 (431 watts) and the GTX 580 (396 watts), but is still some way behind the Radeon HD 6870, which scores just 306 watts under the same conditions. NVIDIA still needs to make progress here, especially since at idle we're still at 110 watts, while the AMD models drop down under 100 watts.
Gaming PerformanceGaming performance is truly impressive. Generally speaking, the GeForce 570 is around 20% to 30% faster than the GeForce GTX 470. Better still, it's slightly ahead of the GTX 480. Excellent results then, given the reasonable energy consumption and noise levels.
It will be able to handle 3D on recent games without any real framerate problems. In standard use, performance levels are also excellent, so you'll be able to play 2011 DirectX 11 games with no problems.
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All in all, this is a fairly well-balanced model. Sure, we would have liked to see even lower power consumption, but it's acceptable for a high-end model. Make sure you keep an eye on prices of this card and its competitors when the moment to buy comes.
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