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Old 12-07-10, 07:24 AM   #5
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Testing Environment

  • AMD Phenom II x6 1055t, 4 GHz at 1.4625 vcore
  • KingWin XT-1264 CPU cooler with extra Cooler Master 120mm fan
  • Asus M4N98TD EVO nForce 980a SLI AM3 ATX motherboard
  • 2x2 GB A-Data DDR3-1600 at 1510 MHz, 9.0, 9, 9, 24, 27, 1T
  • Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W power supply with one 120mm internal fan
  • Sunbeam Tuniq 3 ATX mid-tower case with 2 mounted 120mm fans and one 120mm fan blowing across the top of the graphics card and across the heatpiped northbridge
  • Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe (Sandforce SF-1222) 60 GB boot drive
  • 2x Western Digital Caviar 16 SE WD2500KS 250 GB SATA2 drives in RAID 0
  • LG DVD/R/RW drive
  • Samsung SyncMaster B2430 24” 1920x1080 LCD
  • KingWin silver compact laptop-profile keyboard
  • Microsoft Sidewinder x5 mouse
  • Altec Lansing ADA885 4.1 THX-Certified speaker/sub setup
  • Windows 7 Ultimate SP1

Graphics card, driver, and driver settings:
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SuperClocked – 797 MHz Core / 1594 MHz Shader / 3900 MHz Memory (Effective), Forceware Driver Version 263.06
  • NVIDIA Reference GeForce GTX 570 – 732 MHz Core / 1464 MHz Shader / 3800 MHz Memory (Effective), Forceware Driver Version 263.06
  • NVIDIA Reference GeForce GTX 580 – 772 MHz Core / 1544 MHz Shader / 4008 MHz Memory (Effective), Forceware Driver Version 262.99 (results previously obtained in review published Nov. 9, 2010 with same test system)
  • 60 HZ Refresh Rate
  • VSync Disabled
  • High Quality Texture Filtering
  • Gamma Correction Enabled
  • Ambient Occlusion Enabled - Quality
  • Antialiasing – Transparency: Multisample

Note: The changelog of the 263-series driver do not mention any gaming performance changes, and this was verified with some testing.

Test System with GF110 card installed:

The long PCB of the GTX 570 (and 580) is a tight fit for my case, but perfectly do-able. The temperatures obtained with the GTX 580 ended up being consistent with other reviews, so although it's not the most spacious home for a 10.5” card, there is enough air moving around in the proper directions for the GPU to stay well within operating range.

Test Suite

Game Tests:
  • Metro 2033
  • Aliens vs. Predator 2
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • HAWX 2
  • Far Cry 2

Synthetic Tests:
  • Unigine Heaven 2.1
  • Stone Giant
  • 3DMark Vantage
  • 3DMark 11

Regarding Performance Testing:
The GTX 570 is a high-end enthusiast GPU, and even at a moderately high resolution of 1920x1080, many gaming experiences are afforded the opportunity to explore quite a few Antialiasing modes. This review will at times cover that capability. Since the test system in this review has a maximum LCD resolution of 1920x1080, that display mode will be used exclusively, as it is among the most preferred resolutions used by gamers with enthusiast-class systems.

Also, given that two GTX 570 cards are being compared to a GTX 580 in terms of gaming and synthetic benchmark performance, there is a fair amount of detail to the data. In lieu of graphs, charts are used, and each chart has a percentage column which shows the performance of the card vs. the GTX 580. I do hope that readers will find it informative and relatively easy to understand.

Article Index/Navigation

Previous: EVGA's GeForce GTX 570 SuperClocked
Next: Performance Results - Gaming Tests

  1. Title/Contents/Review Goal
  2. Introduction
  3. A Look at NVIDIA's GTX 570
  4. EVGA's GTX 570 SuperClocked
  5. Testing Environment
  6. Performance Results - Gaming Tests
  7. Performance Results - Synthetic Benchmarks
  8. Overclocking, Temperature & Noise Comments
  9. Conclusion

Last edited by ragejg; 12-08-10 at 09:04 AM.
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