If Nvidia refers to their new flagship GPU, the GTX 580, as their tank, then meet your new off tank, the GTX 570.  This GPU is set to give you many of the key benefits of the flagship 580, but in a smaller and much more affordable package.

RipTen was lucky enough to battle test this beast – to see if it’s worth the hype – and your hard earned money.

However, before we go any further, check out the stats:

If lists aren’t your thing, here’s most of the specs in handy paragraph format:

The GTX 570 ships with 480 CUDA Cores and 15 PolyMorph Engines.  The memory subsystem of the GTX 570 consists of five 64-bit memory controllers (320-bit) with 1.25GB of GDDR5 memory.  Clock speeds for the GeForce GTX 580 are 732MHz graphics clock/1464MHz CUDA Cores. Memory speed is 3800MHz data rate.  The GeForce GTX 570 reference board design measures 10.5 inches in length. Display outputs include two dual-link DVIs and one mini-HDMI. Two 6-pin power connectors are required for operation.

Now, the GTX 570 is looking to make the GTX 470 and 480 all but obsolete – and here’s why:

Faster = Better

Not to mention that the 500 series are miles ahead of their predecessors in terms of DX 11 performance and according to Nvidia’s testing, the GTX 570 also outperforms AMD’s flagship HD 5870 and 6870 (However we did not have these available for our own testing)

But what if I already have GTX 460+’s – Is this one card better than my dual SLI?

No!!  In fact, unless you plan on upgrading to two or more GTX 570’s from a 400 series SLI setup – stop reading this review, your setup is beast – pat yourself on the back.

Then who is this card for?

The GTX 570 is for someone who is looking to build a new system or upgrade from another solo card such as the high end 400 series (460/470/480) or upgrade to a new SLI setup with 570’s if they are turned off by the GTX 580’s $499 price point.  Not everyone has a hefty PSU or a motherboard or case big enough to house multiple GPUs.  If that’s the case, then the GTX 570 may be just what you’re looking for.

So how much does the GTX 570 cost?

The entry price point for the GTX 570 will be $349 (Overclocked and tweaked versions available from Nvidia’s partner’s prices will vary, of course)

Anything else I should know?

Yes, the GTX 500 series are also built to be much quieter, something you can read about in my preview of the GTX 580.

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s how Nvidia breaks it down for the laymen like me:

Besides providing more performance, another key design goal we sought to achieve with GeForce GTX 580 and 570 was quieter acoustics. To accomplish this, we developed a new thermal solution.
At the heart of the new cooler is a custom vapor chamber. GTX 580 and 570 employ a copper vapor chamber that pulls heat off the GPU; this heat is then dissipated by a large, dual-slot heatsink. Finally, a blower-style fan exhausts hot air out the back of the system chassis.  But that’s not all. We’ve also made a number of changes to the fan design to reduce fan vibration and noise. The result is a fan that generates a lower pitch and tone so noise is less noticeable. GTX 580/570 also feature a new adaptive GPU fan control algorithm that smoothes the ramp up/down of fan speed under load.  Finally, GTX 580/570 both feature a new cover design. The back of the cover is angled: this helps to route air towards the bracket, and improves airflow between the cards in SLI environments.  As a result of these improvements, the GeForce GTX 580 and 570 deliver great acoustics.

However, in order for you to hear just how quiet a card this big can be, I took a short video for your viewing and listening pleasure:


  1. I would add that if you are building a moderately high end rig on a budget that this would be a good single card option that you can SLI in the future with. I did that with my 9800GTXs, and really I had no excuse other than a damn good deal on a GTX460 to upgrade from them. Building with a good single card and SLIing later on is a great way to extend your rigs life on a budget.

  2. Hey I just got a rig with the GTX 570 in it. My other specs are a little bit lower than yours:

    Intel i7 870
    8GB DDR3
    Asus GTX570
    Win 7 64bit

    Do you think I can run these games on max settings?

  3. I’m trying to build a gaming pc wanted to know if I have to have a intel processor and motherboard to use this card,
    or can I use a amd proccessor and motherboard with this card.

    My Future Gaming Rig Specs:

    Intel or AMD Quad Core Proceesor and Motherboard
    4GB Ram
    MSI GTX570
    Windows 7 64-bit

  4. I have an EVGA 470, which I am currently stepping up to a 570 (through the EVGA Step-up program). My other specs are:

    Core i7 950 CPU
    Asus Rampage 3 Formula MOBO
    6 GB 1600MHZ DDR3 RAM
    640 GB WD Black 7200 RPM HD
    CM Storm Scout case
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits

    I considered going down to a 460 SLI setup, but doing that would have been the end (till I needed to replace the cards). So I opted to go for 1x 570 (leaving myself room to upgrade), which has comparable performace to a 460 SLI setup, and the 480. The bonus here is that I will have one card in my rig that will run most games at very high settings, and run much quieter due to awesome temps compared to the NVIDA series 400 cards. When the need arises for a more powerful setup, I would simply add another 570. By then, the card’s price would have gone down quite a bit.

  5. Note to the reviewer:
    The GTX 570 can infact destroy a gtx 460 sli.
    But only a 768 model.
    The GTX 460 768MB SLI, in all of the tests, had only one fps more then the 570 but the 570 was more stable (the min fps was higher then the SLI one) and you dont have microstutter so thats a bonus.
    And on a last note, 768MB in 1920X1080 and AA will chocke on high end games like Crysis, Metro etc….

  6. i got a gtx 570 but i cant even get to those fps in mafia 2 on medium settings and your getting those fps on highest and with fraps? How come?, i know i got a different processor (amd phenom 2 x 6 @ 3.2GHz with windows 7 64bit, 6GB ram 650W coolmaster PSU.