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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 07 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card Performance
GeForce GTX 570 Closer Look
GeForce GTX 570 Detailed
Features and Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX2
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
GeForce GTX 570 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Conclusion

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
+ Matches GTX 480 performance, outperforms Radeon HD 5870
+ Outstanding performance for ultra high-end games
+ Much lower power consumption vs GTX 480
+ Reduced heat output and cooling fan noise
+ Fan exhausts all heated air outside of case
+ Includes native HDMI audio/video output
+ Adds 32x CSAA post-processing detail
+ Supports triple-SLI functionality
+ Adds Error Correcting Code (ECC)


- Expensive premium-level product
- Higher loaded temperature than GTX 580
- Loaded power consumption nearly matches GTX 580

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# No award ?Succellus 2010-12-07 08:46
No award and no final rates ?
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# RE: No award ?Olin Coles 2010-12-07 08:53
I'm experimenting. I occasionally get complaints about our ratings, so with this review you guys can draw your own conclusion.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card Performanceaberkae 2010-12-07 09:08
High end gpu for $350, now we are starting to see the affects of gpu wars!
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card PerformanceRealNeil 2010-12-07 09:49
Very compelling video card here. This looks to be a good replacement for the pair of GTX460's I was going to get. Maybe I'll get a pair of them,...(one for each box)...Ha-Ha! For the performance rendered, it really IS a good price point.
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# sweet deal !LASER 2010-12-07 13:39
thnks guys for fast review.. its 3Am but i dont really sleep so readind reviews..

i didnt thought 152hp machine can beat 177hp.... but yea it matches it and so much price difference...
totally stunning card compared to older price/perfor ratios by Nvidia...
i was going for GTX 580 but now i gotta think 170$ extra for 6fps in heavy games...

Finally i gotta again wait for price downs on GTX 580 ... or i will go for GTX 570 which is sweet deal !!
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card PerformanceServando Silva 2010-12-07 19:01
Is it possible to update the article with GTX 460 SLI results? Many people are still thinking about getting a pair of 460s.
Thanks for the article!
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# more than agreeresere 2010-12-08 06:51
call us lazy or whatever, but it would be nice to see in the same article the results of both 460 SLI/ 570.
Anyway good job once again.
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# BF: BC2 resolutionBunzing 2010-12-08 05:32
The Bad Company benchmark is probably done a 1920x1080 resolution, but I just want to no for sure. Thanks

Lookin like a great card btw. First time in years that i'm looking to buy a nvidia card instead of an ati. I sent thermaltake a mail to see wether the awesome coolingapparatice ISGC-V320 will fit (believe me it's a great cooler, but has to be supported some way because of the enormous weight).
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# Old School Gaming MonitorBruceBruce 2010-12-08 07:29
The second set of results (on the right) are for 1920 x 1200. The world has gone 1080P crazy, but we still like the "extra" 20% of vertical view on the old-school 1920 x 1200 monitors.
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# RE: BF: BC2 resolutionOlin Coles 2010-12-08 08:12
I've updated that chart to show the test resolutions. Sorry for the confusion!
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# BFBC 2 BenchmarkManuKey 2010-12-08 07:08
The result on BFBC2 are WAY to high... especially with 8X AA and HBAO...
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# You haven't been paying attentionBruceBruce 2010-12-08 07:23
Take a look at some other reviews, and you'll see that these results are typical. In my recent testing, I'm getting 1-2 FPS higher than this, with a P55-based system. See my MSI Radeon HD 6870 article on this site for examples:

GTX 460 - 47.5 FPS
HD 6870 - 55.7 FPS
HD 5870 - 65.9 FPS
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# Resolution for hi-res testingBruceBruce 2010-12-08 07:31
The results above are for 1920 x 1200 screen resolution. Sorry, forgot to mention that.
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# BFBC 2 Benchmark --> SPManuKey 2010-12-08 11:43
Anyway I juste realised that this is a Singleplayer benchmark (for a multiplayer oriented game... lol)... Multiplayer w/ 32+ players are way more demanding!
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# RE: BFBC 2 Benchmark --> SPOlin Coles 2010-12-08 12:00
Actually, the frame rates are about the same. I've tested it both ways, and the multiplayer maps generally produce the same FPS scores.
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# RE: RE: BFBC 2 Benchmark --> SPManuKey 2010-12-08 12:22
I think you're the first I hear saying that! just check the forums... in general, people seem's to get better performances in Singleplayer than multi...
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# Higher ping=Lower FPSNator 2010-12-09 12:13
Usually this computes. Ergo, playing online gives lower FPS.
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# RE: Higher ping=Lower FPSOlin Coles 2010-12-09 18:35
I think you're confusing network latency (lag) for video frame rate (FPS). Lag might appear to display choppy frames, but it's because of a network issue and not the video card. Most people avoid playing first person shooter games with a ping over 60ms.
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# temps____ 2010-12-08 18:52
The temps are higher than the 580!? Are you sure the 520 is not throttled? I can't think of anything else.
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# RE: tempsOlin Coles 2010-12-08 19:20
I'm going to presume you meant the 570, and not 520.

The temperature difference still has me a little baffled. The cooling solution is the same, and the test methodology was identical. Yet, somehow, the GeForce GTX 570 sample I received heats up more than both the GTX 580 I have.

If I hadn't retested three different times, I would still think there was something amiss. It is what it is.
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# RE: RE: tempsTim 2010-12-09 12:00
My GTX 580 heats up above 80 degrees under load so in that way its similar to 570
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# RE: RE: RE: tempsOlin Coles 2010-12-09 12:10
No, it doesn't. Our reference GTX 580 did not heat up to 80 degrees, it produced only 70C under full load. This was explained in the 'GeForce GTX 570 Temperatures' section of this article.
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# Could just be a very well produced 580Nator 2010-12-09 12:16
Temperatures can vary a bit between cards, even though they appear the same, its all down to the measuring stick, and a little bit to how good the contact between cooler and gpu/ram is. The temp. sensors can be off by a ways sometimes.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card PerformanceTim 2010-12-10 00:42
I use a Gigabyte gtx 580. First I tried it in a 2008 Mac Pro (running Windows 7) For some reason the cooling didn't work properly and the card went too hot and fail (above 100 degrees). Putting the card in a i7 system and it does work ok. Idle temps are around 48 degrees. Playing BFBC2 temp goes up to about 82.
Running Adobe apps / premiere pro MPE temps are about 55 degrees.
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card PerformanceOlin Coles 2010-12-10 08:19
Is your Gigabyte GTX 580 overclocked at all? I'm just curious, because our overclocked ASUS GTX 580 could reach 80C but the reference card only produced 70C.
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# RE: RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card PerformanceTim 2010-12-11 00:51
No it is a stock Gigabyte GTX 580. I am talking degrees in Celcius no Fahrenheit :-)
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# GTX480 Max Tempaaron686 2010-12-10 22:08
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 - 82°C (max)

How can the 480 have an absolute max temp of 82C? I've seen this card go to 95 - 100 easily, having both the 480 and the 570 at the same max temp is baffling.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card PerformanceTim 2010-12-11 00:53
By the way, running Vray RT v2 GPU mode, the temp goes up to 86 degrees Celsius.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card PerformanceLaszlo 2010-12-13 00:46
I would like to see the 570's preformance against 470 with same GPU, shader and mem clock speed (and memory timings too). Then - I think - that the differences would be almost nothing, only that little which comes from 448 vs 480 CUDA cores.
I searched for overclocking maximum results and not surprisingly the fastest 470 results clocked about 900+ (air, stock cooling) MHz - just the 570 results I found so far. With my lame mind (as I'm not an insider in the hw industry) I think that the ~900 is a limit that is nvidia made (with their 'protection'), not the limit that comes from the 40nm manufacturing process. And this things clearly show that the 570's higher clocks doesn't come from the more refined manufacturing (as older gen CPUs got more overclockable when their newer revisions came out) just from marketing strategy. Like you design a Porsche GT3, but first you sell a version to the public which is limited just a bit higher than the Boxter's (and call it Boxter2). Then playing that you worked hard (but did nothing), you limit the product less, say 911 Turbo. But literally the same product.
I will wait for 1: when the prices starting to drop; 2: the next gen.
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card PerformanceLaszlo 2010-12-13 01:59
Sorry, 800+, not 900+ (the GPU overclock). Mem-wise: if the gddr5 can be clocked as high as 1200 on the 5870, then maybe NV have some surplus GPU power on their shelf to unleash (as the 512 bit wide membus too - remember GTX285). Not too surprising that mem can be pushed ~1150. My ex8800 GTS512's mem - which is GDDR3 - was stable on that clk, and if it's 65nm GPU was stable on 750 (750/1950/1150 @1,15V), then a two (55nm then the current 40nm) gen later 40nm chip's 600-800 MHz clk is somewhat funny.
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