GeForce GTX 570 Review: Hitting $349 With Nvidia's GF110

Test Hardware And Software

Test Hardware
Intel Core i7-980X (Gulftown) 3.33 GHz at 3.73 GHz (28 * 133 MHz), LGA 1366, 6.4 GT/s QPI, 12 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled
Gigabyte X58A-UD5 (LGA 1366) Intel X58/ICH10R, BIOS FB
Kingston 6 GB (3 x 2 GB) DDR3-2000, KHX2000C8D3T1K3/6GX @ 8-8-8-24 and 1.65 V
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160 GB SATA 3Gb/s
Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.25 GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5 GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.25 GB

AMD Radeon HD 6850 1 GB (CrossFire)

AMD Radeon HD 5970 2 GB

AMD Radeon HD 5870 1 GB

AMD Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP-1000 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX 11
Graphics DriverAMD Catalyst 10.10d

AMD Catalyst 10.10e (For Radeon HD 6850 1 GB in CrossFire)

Nvidia GeForce Release 263.09 (For GTX 570)

Nvidia GeForce Release 260.99 (For GTX 480 and 470)

Nvidia GeForce Release 262.99 (For GTX 580)
Lost Planet 2
Highest Quality Settings, No AA / 16x AF, vsync off, 1680x1050 / 1900x1200 / 2560x1600, DirectX 11, Steam version
Just Cause 2
Highest Quality Settings, No AA / 16xAF, vsync off, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Bokeh filter and GPU water disabled (for Nvidia cards), Concrete Jungle Benchmark
Metro 2033
Medium Settings, AAA / 16x AF, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Built-in Benchmark, Steam version
DiRT 2
Ultra High Settings, 4x AA / No AF, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Steam version, Custom benchmark script, DX11 Rendering
Aliens Vs. Predator Benchmark
Highest Quality Settings, SSAO, No AA / 16xAF, vsync off, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Custom (Highest) Quality Settings, 8x MSAA / 16xAF, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, opening cinematic, 145 second sequence, FRAPS
3DMark Vantage
Performance Default, PPU Disabled
Highest Quality Settings, 8x AA, 1920x1200, Retail Version, Built-in Benchmark, Tessellation on/off
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  • mi1ez
    It managed to productize the chip as GeForce GTX 480, GTX 470, and GTX 465

    Productize? Really?
  • LePhuronn
    mi1ezProductize? Really?

    Perfectly valid corporate bullshit term, especially in the US
  • exhail
    I think the toms articles are biased
  • LePhuronn
    exhailI think the toms articles are biased

    In what possible way?

    Pro-Apple opinions from certain writers? Maybe. Incomplete or superficial articles? Sometimes. Hardware-vendor bias? Not that I've seen.
  • silverblue
    I'd still rather have two 6850s, or even 6870s, over anything in this list. Relatively low power, excellent CrossFire scaling, and not too loud. And Cayman can't come quick enough to put the 5970 out of its misery, even if it does win more than it loses in general.
  • mi1ez
    Tempting. I stil haven't seen any folding figures for the 500 series though!
  • aje21
    excellent CrossFire scaling

    I thought the problem was that SLI was scaling a lot better than crossfire. Then again the last card I bought was a 4650 so what do I know :-)
  • silverblue
    Maybe so, but the 6800 series has improved CrossFire scaling over the 5xxx and previous series. SLi is still the place to be, but it's not as cut-and-dry as it used to be.
  • Herr_Koos
    mi1ezProductize? Really?

    Productise, actually, if you use UK English. ;-)
  • mactronix
    So a couple of 6850's is a fair comparison, but why not mention the GTX 460 which can be had in MSI Hawk trim for the same price as a decent brand 6850 and will dance all over either one comfortably ?
    Biased ? you decide.

    Mactronix :)
  • mi1ez
    Cheers Aje!
  • Griffolion
    If the numbers are anything to go by, i'd say the 5 series is doing really well for itself. Nvidia seems to have learnt the lesson from the 4 series and has gone to rectify it. So credit to Nvidia.

    By the way, I own a 5970 before I'm called biased. I do genuinely have respect for Nvidia turning it around.
  • Herr_Koos
    Competition is good for everyone. AMD's 69xx's now need to be competitive so that Nvidia can't charge a premium for the 5xx's.
  • exhail
    Is the hd 6950 expected to be around the same price as the gtx 570?
  • amstar
    As impressive as the performance improvement is for the 570 from the 470, the price difference between them is massive (almost at a 2:1 ratio), at least here in the UK, with the GTX 570 being £300+ and the GTX 470 being £180+. So until the prices drop of the 570s by about £80, I'd still much rather choose a slightly hotter, louder running pair of 470s in SLI than one 570. Besides, a single 470 can put out very playable frame rates in any game to date at highest/almost highest settings (AA slightly turned down), which is why it will take a while (some new software releases at least) before these new cards (570s) start selling well or at least outselling the last gen GeForce cards (400 series).
  • w33dg0d
    Go ATI wooooooooooo!
  • xupaguy
    ...or you could always get some 460's going in Sli, and on my system with HAWX2, BFBC2 DiRT 2, Metro, (need i go on?), it beats everything in this list, apart from the GTX 580 in a couple of tests, (but its then only beaten by a few fps,
    I'm begining to think that Nvidia might be a little embarrassed that their best cards are getting beaten by a Sli pairing of a previous generation, and costing far, far less!
    GTX 460 = £140, x2 = £280
    GTX 570 = £300
    GTX 580 = £420

    Now it may just be me, paranoia ruling, but in these kind of tests, i think Nvidia has asked (told?) reviewers not to include the 460 in resutlts and tests!!?!
  • exhail
    and think hd 6850 crossfire beats gtx 460 SLI
  • exhail
    Anonymous said:
    Maybe so, but the 6800 series has improved CrossFire scaling over the 5xxx and previous series. SLi is still the place to be, but it's not as cut-and-dry as it used to be.

    your wrong.... crossfire beats SLI now so crossfire is the place to be ;)