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ASUS GeForce GTX 570 review

Introduction

Last month, NVIDIA released the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 580 that shook up the graphics card world. After probably some defect in production, the company began to release a GeForce 500 series GPU, namely the GeForce GTX 570, based on the GF110 core.

The graphics card has 480 CUDA cores (the same number as the previous generation GTX 480), but with a 320-bit GDDR5 memory interface paired with 1280 MB of memory. As a result, the number of ROP's was 40. Thanks to the improved technical process, NVIDIA was able to significantly increase the GPU frequencies, compared to previous generations, without increasing the TDP. The core runs at 732 MHz (higher than the GTX 480), 1464 MHz CUDA cores (again higher than the GTX 480), and 950 MHz (3800 MHz GDDR5 effective bus frequency) for memory, its bandwidth was 152 GB / s ... TDP of the video card at the level of 219 watts, powered by two 6-pin connectors.

Video card

There is nothing attractive in the appearance of the video card, as always boring design, nothing superfluous. The GeForce ASUS GTX 570 even looks the same as the Geforce GTX 580 and the labels are in the same position.

GeForce NVIDIA GTX 570 will require two PCI slots in your system. This is already the standard for all modern gaming video cards.

The card has two DVI ports and one mini-HDMI port. According to NVIDIA specifications, the card also supports DisplayPort. Unlike the latest GPUs from AMD, the product logic design is not as flexible. On AMD cards, customers can bundle six TMDS links (six monitors) into any configuration they want (DVI dual link). On NVIDIA graphics cards, you are tied to two DVI and one HDMI / DP in addition to that. The company has confirmed that only two monitors can be connected in this way, and for three monitors you will need two such video cards.

NVIDIA included an HDMI audio playback device in their GPUs, which did away with the need to connect an external audio source to the card for HDMI to function. HDMI 1.3a includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and 7.1 channel 192 kHz / 24-bit audio. The company also plans to implement full support for the HDMI 1.4 specification, which will become available later this year, but only after 3D Blu-ray movies become available.

You can combine up to four GeForce GTX 570s in SLI mode for faster performance and support for multiple monitors.

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The GTX GeForce 570 and 580 are the few graphics cards that use vapor-chamber technology to maximize heat transfer between the GPU and the rest of the PCB. This is a very capable cooling solution, but it also increases the price of the graphics card.

Instead of 6 + 8 power connectors like on the GeForce GTX 580, ASUS opted for 6 + 6 power connectors, which are enough for this card.

To stay within 300 watts, NVIDIA implemented a technology to lower the frequency of the video card during idle time.

Samsung GDDR5 memory chips, model number K4G10325FE-HC04. They can operate at 1250 MHz (effective GDDR5 at 5000 MHz).

Just like the GeForce GTX 480 and 580, NVIDIA uses CHiL CHL 8266 voltage regulators in their graphics cards. They offer extensive control and voltage control options through the I2C system, so this is a big plus for the enthusiast.

The GF110 is made using the 40nm process technology in Taiwan. It uses approximately 3 billion transistors, 200 million fewer than the GF100. According to NVIDIA, the die is 520 square millimeters.

Testing

PC configuration:

- processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.8 MHz (Bloomfield, 8192 KB Cache);

- motherboard: Gygabite X58 Extreme (Intel X58 & ICH10R);

- RAM: Mushkin Redline XP3-12800 DDR3 @ 1520 MHz (8-7-7-16);

- hard drive: Westren Digital Caviar Black 6401AALS 640 GB;

- power supply unit: Akasa 1200 Watt;

- OS: Windows7 x64;

- drivers for Nvidia: GTX570 and 580 - 263.09, older video cards - 260.99;

- drivers for ATI Radeon: Catalyst 10.11

All video cards were tested on the above hardware. The tests were carried out three times, as a result of which the average result for each video card was displayed.

Benchmarks were carried out with the following graphics settings and resolutions:

- 1024 x 768, no anti-aliasing;

- 1280 x 1024, 2x anti-aliasing;

- 1680 x 1050, 4x anti-aliasing;

- 1920 x 1200, 4x anti-aliasing;

- 2560 x 1600, 4x anti-aliasing.

Directly test

Сall Of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

Call Of Duty 4 Modern Warfare is a top-notch shooter that has become one of the most popular of the COD series. This is the first version, which is not during the First and Second World War. A conflict is taking place in the near future between the United States, Europe and Russia. You play as a United States Marine and British SAS officer. The game engine is developed by Infinity Ward's and features full dynamic lighting, depth of field, dynamic shadows and HDR.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. is one of the very few recent games that simulates real flight. The game takes place in the near future, in which private military companies began to fight in conflicts with various countries. You play an elite pilot who has been recruited by such a private company. During the game, you will be able to fly a variety of aircraft, from the MiG 21 to the mighty F22 Raptor. The highlight of the game is GeoEye technology, which offers one of the most realistic incarnations of the battlefield landscape available today.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a first-person shooter set in the future. You are Riddick, the infamous space criminal played by Vin Diesel in the films. The main feature of the game is the tactical use of your cunning and stealth so that the enemies could not detect you. The game was voiced by Vin Diesel, it adds realism and completely immerses you in the game world. 0.0 FPS on NVIDIA video cards at 2560x1600 is caused by driver problems, this happens on video cards with 512 MB or lower memory. There are no problems with ATI Radeon.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky

S.T.A.L.K.E.R - Clear Sky is a prequel to 2007 - Shadow of Chernobyl from GSC Gameworld. As in the first part, the game takes place several years before the events of the original game, around Chernobyl and Pripyat, the world-famous Chernobyl accident. You play the role of a mercenary who is trying to make a living. Zone - an area that is affected by the so-called anomalies and mutants that will stand in your way. The new faction system in the game encourages you to support various factions in the Zone in exchange for information, equipment and weapons. The Clear Sky engine is based on the first Stalker and has numerous enhancements including support for DirectX 10 and 10.1. As in the Chronicle of Riddick, NVIDIA video cards showed 0.0 FPS at 2560x1600, for the above reason.

Unreal Tournament 3

The fourth game in the highly successful Unreal Tournament series is simply called Unreal Tournament 3. The gameplay is all about capturing the flag or getting more kills. At one time, the graphics of the game were one of the best, the rendering of textures is still very good. It is not surprising that the game is still used in such tests; a lot of games are based on its engine. The main disadvantage of UT3 is the lack of anti-aliasing.

3DMark03

Futuremark Corporation is the number one company in the world for the creation of synthetic benchmarks for video cards. 3DMark is the most popular benchmark benchmark used by PC enthusiasts to determine how fast their graphics adapters are. Even though it is several years old, 3DMark03 can easily show the performance level of modern cards.

3DMark05

The next version of the program from Futuremark is 3DMark05, which is equipped with four completely new tests for video cards that massively use shaders and lighting effects. 3DMark05 is a great test for video cards with modern architectures, if it shows less than 30 fps in most tests, then your video card is of little use for video games.

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3DMark06

Even though the new version is based entirely on Futuremark 3DMark05, the new 3DMark06 adds new benchmarks for Shader 3.0 and HDR. It is also the first 3DMark to include a CPU benchmark and all results count along with it. The tests have undergone significant changes for the better, the picture has become much better.

Unigine Heaven 2.0

Unigine Heaven is one of the first tests with support for DirectX 11. There is also support for DirectX 9 and 10. Version 2.0 adds even more scenes and more complex graphics scenes. In the test, we chose the DX11 API benchmark to verify the performance of the new graphics architecture.

Conclusion

Finally, NVIDIA has sorted out many of the past issues. The new GTX 570 has an excellent price / performance ratio, making it a great option to buy. It delivers performance on par with the GTX 480, but at a very reasonable price, low power consumption, heat and noise levels. In most of the latest DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 games, the GTX 570 will give you comfortable gaming at resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels. You can also play at 2560 x 1600, but there may be some loss of detail. The ASUS GeForce GTX 570 graphics card is a great product that adheres to NVIDIA's reference design. Since its price is low, ASUS decided to slightly increase the already considerable clock speeds. ASUS Voltage Tweak software will allow enthusiasts to increase the voltage applied to the GPU, thereby increasing overclocking capabilities. The reference PCB and the CO itself cool the video card well and have a low noise level. In general, NVIDIA did not lose out with the GTX 570, it can be a very good present for a gamer for the New Year.

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