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REVIEW / Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3 GB

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Régis Jehl Published on May 26, 2011
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  • Chip GF110
  • GPU frequency 732 MHz
  • Memory quantity 1280 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory frequency 950 MHz
  • Cooler Double-decker
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 takes on the main traits of the GTX 580, though it is slightly scaled down. It still uses the new Fermi platform (GF110), but the clock speeds are a little lower, as are the number of processing units (480 compared with 512). What impact will this have on performance? Answers below!

Size, Noise and Heat

At 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 Consumption

Excessive 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 Performance

Gaming 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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General performance average
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and compare this model with other graphics cards.

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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The card at a glance
We tested a PNY card. It has two DVI outputs round the back, as well as a mini HDMI out. Power is supplied by one 8-pin and one 6-pin PCI-E connector.

In the box there's a typical line-up of graphics card accessories: power adapters, a quick start guide and a CD of drivers. However, we recommend you use the latest drivers available on the NVIDIA website.


NVIDIA cards, of course, have the advantage of being compatible with other NVIDIA brand technologies, such as 3D Vision for your 3D gaming. To enjoy it, you'll need to get yourself a 3D monitor as well as the 3D Vision kit that includes the obligatory glasses.

Next, thre's PhysX support for more elaborate graphics effects in compatible games.

3D Surround Gaming is NVIDIA's version of ATI Eyefinity. It allows you to play games over three screens simultaneously. The drivers allow you to fuse the screens to make a higher resolution display area.

3D Surround and 3D Vision can be combined. You do, however, need at least two GeForce GTX 570s for a three-screen 3D set up, as well as the 3D Vision kit. It's clearly only an option for a handful of wealthy nutters then!

Finally, NVIDIA also offers accelerated processing for various pieces of compatible software. While your average Joe rarely uses this type of application, professionals do, for things like 3D rendering, photo retouching and so on.


  • Good gaming performance
  • Heatsink is effective and quiet in 2D
  • DirectX 11 compatibility
  • 3D Vision and 3D Surround audio
  • Accelerated processing for CUDA compatible applications


  • Power consumption is still relatively high


This NVIDIA card is a real gem! It offers fast gaming, compatibility with a load of extra features (3D, CUDA) and, above all, fairly quiet operation. Keep an eye on the price to make sure you get best value for money.
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