Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 Hands-On Preview

Nvidia is bringing the heat with the GeForce GTX 570.

Nvidia has officially cranked it up to 11. After botching the launch of the GeForce 400 series, the company had to demonstrate that it was still capable of delivering. And it has. A scant eight months after the launch of the GeForce 400 series, Nvidia popped out the GeForce GTX 580 in late November, and now it's ready to release the GeForce GTX 570.

GeForce GTX 570

Rolling in with an MSRP of $350, the GeForce GTX 570 is eminently more affordable than the $500 GeForce GTX 580 and comes packed with 480 Cuda Cores running at 1464MHz, and 1280MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 3800MHz. The core clock is pegged at 732MHz. We're essentially talking about a GeForce GTX 580 with a slight haircut. Even more stunning, the GeForce GTX 570 slaps the GeForce GTX 480 in just about every single stat and costs significantly less!

The GeForce 500 series is based on Nvidia's GF110 architecture, which is itself an extension of the GF100 chipset that the 400 series used. One would expect that the new 500-series parts would be substantially changed from the 400 series, but then one would just be wrong. All the bullet points from the 400 series still stand: DX11 support, 3D Vision, Nvidia Surround, and PhysX. The key benefits of the 500 series are an improved cooler, quieter running speeds, and architectural improvements that basically yield a faster-running 400-series part sans the mind-blowing temperatures.

The dual-slot, 10.5-inch GeForce GTX 570 is just as long as a GeForce GTX 480. Its new copper cooler gives it a little more heft, and a rejiggered fan design lowers operating noise. You'll also need only two six-pin PCI Express power connectors to power it--no fancy eight-pin connectors required. When running at full tilt, the GeForce GTX 570 is nowhere near as noisy as the GeForce GTX 480.

Performance Tests

Much like Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live, Nvidia is out of bubble gum and clearly ready to kick something. At $350, the GeForce GTX 570 is a phenomenally strong GPU. ATI has no single GPU solution that can even hope to compete with it at the moment, either on price or performance (although that may change very soon). The $450 GeForce GTX 480 gets either beat or matched by the GeForce GTX 570 in our tests. Let's just go over that again: overall better performance than the GeForce GTX 480, lower power consumption, lower heat output, reduced sound levels, and all at a substantially lower price point. There's really nothing to dislike about this turn of events.

Test System: Core i7 980x, Asus Rampage III Extreme, 6GB OCZ DDR3, Seagate 750GB 7200.11, Windows 7 64-bit. Video card drivers: Catalyst 10.11 and Forceware 263.09.

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ben_ster
ben_ster

@lorddaggeroff well... i really didnt wanna "bump" this old @$S vid... but you lordofmorons are a moron. my2cents

pbrain69
pbrain69

The GTX 480's are looking tempting at the moment, Overclockers.UK are now knocking these out at £250! do the maths...960 hot cores vs 512 slightly cooler ones? If you got a 480 already, then SLI or Tri SLI is a more affordable option (i'd definitely trade my 580 for a pair of 480's!)

Vlaimir_Lem86
Vlaimir_Lem86

wish i had saved my $$ and bought this instead of a 465 gtx... fml

deathadder3
deathadder3

wats the price of GTX570 in india ??

pbrain69
pbrain69

@lucas182 i feel your pain! i was tempted by the GTX480, but i heard of the revised version very early on (GTX 580 was originally labelled GTX485 and was planned BEFORE the GTX 480 was in the shops). But i certainly wouldn't change a 4** card to a 5** series, i would look for another 4** card to SLI (the Fermi is a fantastic scaler, Crossfire can't touch it in that area) there's plenty of rich kids dumping new 4** cards for the sake of 'upgrading', get another 1 or 2 cards for a bargain SLI or Tri SLI!

pbrain69
pbrain69

@taxonomic with a decent i7 rig & nvidia 4** or 5** SLI (600+ CUDA cores) that should be more than enough processing power to have ultra realistic, ray-traced games.

renaldy75
renaldy75

Im running 5870 hd. Crossfire with nvidia Gtx 260 for physx only in games fps Metro 2033 55fps in high quality The Gtx 570 single gpu 33fps Without a great video card you won't experience great games like metro 2033 dx11 is the most intense game inDX11 , my future is to switch to nvidia with a pair of this Gtx 570 or 580

nationalmaveric
nationalmaveric

lorddaggeroff, You're a moron. You come on a gaming website to brag about how interesting and productive your life is but you waste precious moments of you're incredibly important time to post? Well done.

TheJamin
TheJamin

@f1tz funny you should say that. my last 2 ATI cards died. one within 2 years. i've had four Nvid cards with no problems. truth is, someone always gets a dodgy one somewhere on both sides.

TheJamin
TheJamin

@9sunchaser9 i'm with you. i use my old 8800GTX as a physx card. it was doing ok in games such as Alien Vs Predator. but games like just cause 2 were kicking it's arse. what is funny is that i also run a GTX 295 as my primary card and i have seen a huge huge huge improvement. etchcorp must be bottlenecking somewhere. Maybe resolution? @ etchcorp the revolutionary performance allows us to use supersampling AA! try using multi gpu AA with your 295. works wonders on old titles or games that don't support SLI. but you do make a point, we don't always need to upgrade. however the 8 series is starting to lag behind a little. i'm not touching a new card until Sandy bridge is out

9sunchaser9
9sunchaser9

etchcorp: Granted! We dont need every single update in graphics cards. But my 8800GTX is seriously getting its ass kicked by most of the newest games, if I try running them at higher settings. So I have to cut back on visuals to preserve performance. So what games do you play which your 8800GTX handles "just fine"?

etchcorp
etchcorp

well, with all due respect to nvidia... each time nvidia releases a "new" chipset, it is announced as "revolutionary", "breaking through", "cutting edge" and etc. etc... Actually I run an nvidia GTX295, I purchased on January, and I need no "improvements" so far, on other machine, an 8800 GTX with only (!) 768Mb does just fine as well. so what is it??? why would we need a "cutting edge performance", if actual hardware has enough, to work just fine with actual games... I think the goal of all this advertisement is to make us to waste money on premature released hardware which "revolutionary" performance is not really required by actual games...

uberjannie
uberjannie

master_chr1s : Windows xp? Then don't. Windows Vista/7 64 bit with more than 4GB of RAM? Then do!

uberjannie
uberjannie

@Lordan007 : ATI who? ATI doesn't exist any more. It's all AMD now.

Lordan007
Lordan007

I was Nvidia fan but ATI kick ass :D

arcsina
arcsina

this card makes me remeber nvidia good old days

arcsina
arcsina

this card makes me remeber nvidia good old days

f1tz
f1tz

It's good to see the continued competition between Nvidia & Radeon, but until Nvidia can demonstrate that their cards don't break down & burn out as often as they used to I'll stick to Radeon.

aoneone
aoneone

so the question is... if the 580 is almost twice as much costwise, whats the difference?

ptown58
ptown58

mmm new architecture.

Yams1980
Yams1980

With decent temperatures, maybe nvidia is learning i hope... I may switch back to them if they continue this. still not sure though, my last nvidia burnt out and it wasnt even overclocked.

RazorBlankGiga
RazorBlankGiga

@Shewgenja Yea, I'd hang on to that for a while, it still kicks the hell out of most of the cards today.

advanracer
advanracer

I don't see how the " Konsole Kids " are disillusioned about their precious XBOXs and PS3s being Graphically Superior to a Gaming Spec'd PC. The irony of that is..Consoles have similar internals as PC's..and today, you can send email and surf the web too. haha.

vulezor
vulezor

I dont no where we going in to sad or joy!

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

Lol in wake of this; consoles are beginning to look incredibly weak once again. Since neither Sony, Microsoft or Ninty are bringing anything to the table in the next 2 years at least, this is PC's chance to shine once more :)

zaphodbblbrox
zaphodbblbrox

I have GTX 460, seems better to sli 2 of those than upgrade, but I wish I would've waited another 5 months to buy.

Ashrit07
Ashrit07

@ M-S-M-S I totally agree with you sir

Exia2004
Exia2004

still 350$ it is way too much

Shewgenja
Shewgenja

I have a 285GTX. It's not really showing it's age yet. I'll definitely be upgrading for Kepler, though.

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

Wow well done Nvidia i may get it, but i should wait to what ATI Radeon 6000 will do!

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

Lunabits This card is a PS3 killer?? I think that almost every GPU card on the market right now (both AMD and nVidia) are PS3 killers. Heck, even the 200 series and 4000 series are PS3 killers. The consoles are behind the curve for a very very long time. There is nothing better than PC gaming, and if you didn't experience it, I recommend you to buy a decent PC (don't need to go above 600-1000$).

cgamer191
cgamer191

I run a GTX 285 card. It runs everything I play on max settings. No reason to upgrade just yet.

Peter_Eater
Peter_Eater

Geeting two of these next year q1 :)

aferrara50
aferrara50

I'll keep my tri sli 480s. The 570 is a great card, just not top dog :-( 580 would be amazing if there was no throttling. All of the cards need to be put under water tho in order to unleash their true performance potential. Most importantly the 570 is a great folder and not much more you can ask for at the price point. I'll be waiting for nvidia's kepler cards to upgrade. Consoles are so far behind it's ridiculous. Sony and MS need to get on top of things and make new ones.

yeolderellik
yeolderellik

Im still playing at great detail levels and resolutions of 1280x1024 with: - Dual nVidia 8600GT - Intel Core2 Quad (2.4Ghz) - 2 Gb RAM (800 Mhz) - Windows 7. I think that the price of the setup I mention is very cheap compared to the price of this card (considering that changing the graphic card would involve changing the entire hardware, starting from the motherboard all the way up)

Lunabits
Lunabits

This card is a PS3 killer! PeP like me who still isitated to buy a PS3 will go with this card + a cheap Blu-Ray BURNER 115$ CAN PC gaming is OVERDRIVE

redmoonseven
redmoonseven

i'm gonna buy this.. next year.. if it gets cheaper.. ;p

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

Man, I just bought a new rig with a 6870.... and now this comes out... But the 6870 is an amazing card, which should last for a long while. Worst case scenario, Crossfire. But I admit the new 570 and 580 look amazing. Especially with the 570 price (even though it is still too high for my budget...). Lets see what AMD has to offer with the 6900 series.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

@biokrysty Yeah, and I play very well with my 9600GT; but it's good to know Nvidia is actualy making improvements on performance, heat control and price. Specialy heat control and price.

master_chr1s
master_chr1s

to up grade...or not to upgrade my Dual gtx 275's to a GTX 570....that is the question. Any input?

biokrysty
biokrysty

I still play the hell out of the games with my 8800GT. But I want to buy a new GTX 460

wooooode
wooooode

I still run at 1680x1050 so my card is still enough but its nice to see options if I upgrade anytime soon.

Daian
Daian

Nvidia kicking Ati's ass? There's a shocker :P. The real surprise is the price point at which it is doing that, usually the only advantage Ati cards have is that they cost less without being much worse.

thegame4u
thegame4u

ohh yipiii yheeeee oh yheee now i gonna get my 570 GTX haaaa my old 8800 gtx run success last games now is time to dx 11 haaaaaa

aoneone
aoneone

ahem.... what about diablo 3? when that comes out... yikes.. social life down the drain lol.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

I have a decent gaming PC, but recently got a PS3 and have barely used the pc since. I like that I can customize and re-customize the pc, and it's hands down more powerful. (though I can only imagine the power of this bad boy). There's just not as many games I want to play. When developers start making games that are as fun as Uncharted 2, modnation racers, or Little big planet for the pc, or especially when they stop taking OUT split screen for the pc versions of multi-platform games (Blur, Split-Second), then I'll play more on the pc again. I think I'll get AC brotherhood for the PS3, even though it'd be so much prettier on my computer, just because there's always more people playing online on consoles (unless you're into RTS's and MMO's of course, which I don't happen to be).

vicecityrocks10
vicecityrocks10

I remember the good old days when the GTX 200 series was news... Sigh. Those were the days when my computer was in its prime

samftrmd
samftrmd

When will we be able to buy 1 PC graphic card and slap it into a PS3, then take it out and slap it into a PC.