|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 07 December 2010|
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Conclusion
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Beginning with frame rate performance, the GeForce GTX 570 video card demonstrates how well NVIDIA has tuned the GF110 by matching performance with the more-expensive GeForce GTX 480. While these two products share 480 CUDA cores apiece, they don't share the same formula. In comparison to the Fermi GF100-powered GeForce GTX 480 with 1536MB of 384-bit GDDR5 memory, the GF110 proved how a refined balance of tessellation, shaders, and texture units can compensate for 1280MB of 320-Bit GDDR5. In the end, most of our performance benchmarks illustrated a back-and-forth struggle between the GTX 480 and GTX 570. It could be argued that they offer extremely similar graphics processing power, dependant on the application.
In our DirectX 10 tests, 3D Mark Vantage had the GeForce GTX 570 ahead of GTX 480 by almost 4 FPS in Jane Nash, and maintained its lead in New Calico tests. Crysis Warhead matches the GeForce GTX 570 to the GTX 480 equally, and dominate all other single-GPU AMD Radeon video cards. In our DirectX 11 tests, Aliens vs Predator puts the GeForce GTX 570 video card 6 FPS ahead of the Radeon 5870, and then positions it 15 FPS beyond the GTX 480 with Battlefield: Bad Company 2. BattleForge, Lost Planet 2, and Mafia II all report the GeForce GTX 570 even with, or outperforming the GTX 480. Testing with Metro 2033, the GeForce GTX 570 outperforms the ATI Radeon 5870 by 7 FPS, and beats the AMD Radeon 6870 by 6 FPS. Tom Clancy's HAWX2 clearly works better with GeForce tessellation, putting the GTX 570 and all other NVIDIA products way ahead of AMD Radeon video cards. Finally, the Unigine Heaven benchmark confirms the trends we've seen in all the tests leading up to this, positioning the GeForce GTX 570 slightly ahead of the retiring GTX 480, and nearly 13 FPS beyond the ATI Radeon HD 5870.
Appearance is a more subjective matter since the rating doesn't have benchmark scores to fall back on. Partners traditionally offer their own unique twist on the design, with improved cooling solutions and colorful fan shroud designs. This might not happen with the GeForce GTX 570, because the video card operates so efficiently that improving an already effective cooling solution would be superfluous. The reference design allows nearly all of the heated air to externally exhaust outside of the computer case, which could be critically important to overclockers wanting the best possible environment for their computer hardware. This deep shroud chamfer also preserves the Fermi GF110 GPU in SLI sets. Overall, the GTX 570 might not look as tough as the GTX 480, but it doesn't need to overcompensate by exposing a few heat-pipes.
If NVIDIA was accurate in pricing the GeForce GTX 570 at the $350 price point, they've done well to attack a large hole in the market. As of December 2010 the Radeon HD 6870 and GeForce GTX 470 each cost $250, followed by the Radeon HD 5870 for $280, then the $437 GeForce GTX 480, and finally the $520 GeForce GTX 580. Essentially, the GeForce GTX 570 fills the $57 gap between a few remaining $280 Radeon HD 5870's and what's left of the $437 GeForce GTX 480 inventory. Since these two models are no longer in production, the $350 GeForce GTX 570 could soon create a $270 canyon between the $250 Radeon HD 6870 and $520 GeForce GTX 580... presuming AMD's Cayman series doesn't fill it first.
In summary, the GF110 GPU inside the GTX 570 clearly contrasts how far off the mark GF100 was when it launched with GTX 480 by matching performance with less memory and bandwidth while costing much less to consumers. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 further redeems the Fermi architecture with performance results the gaming community can finally appreciate, along with reduced idle power consumption and better thermal management everyone can be grateful for. These are all impressive enhancements to the series, giving solid reason to retire the GeForce GTX 480.
Taking all aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 5870 into consideration, there's really a lot more to like about the Fermi architecture now. The GF110 graphics processor finally has its priorities straight, and the dramatically efficient power consumption levels have reduced heat output to their lowest level in many years. The $350 price tag on the GTX 570 is something consumers of premium top-end graphics products can appreciate considering the GTX 580 still costs upwards of $520. Frame rate performance positions the GeForce GTX 570 ahead of the GTX 480 it replaces, yet considerably below the GTX 580. Price will ultimately become the deciding factor for consumers, who have a pretty big leap beyond the GeForce GTX 570.
So what do you think of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 570 video card? Leave comments below, or ask questions in our Forum.
+ 2nd fastest single-GPU DX11 graphics accelerator available
- Expensive premium-level product