Zotac GeForce GTX 570: Packaging and Exterior Design
This GeForce GTX 570 comes in Zotac’s traditional black-and-orange box with a window that provides a view of the card without opening the package.
There is a foam-rubber tray inside the box to protect the card against any hazards. A transparent plastic cover is on top of it. The text on the box tells you the amount and type of the card’s graphics memory and that a copy of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is included into the box. The ZT-50201-10P model has no factory overclocking; its detailed specs can be found on a sticker on the right side of the box.
Besides the graphics card, the box contains the following:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
- Mini-HDMI → HDMI adapter;
- 2x4-pin PATA → 1x6-pin PCIe adapter;
- User manual;
- Brief installation guide;
- CD disk with drivers and utilities;
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands game
- Zotac logo sticker;
- Sticker with power connection layout;
- Zotac Boost Premium marketing sheet.
These accessories from Zotac include everything you need to use the graphics card plus a copy of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. Perhaps not the best title in the series, the game features nice-looking visuals, even though its graphics and special effects are somewhat simplified as is typical of multiplatform projects. Moreover, few manufacturers now include any games with their products. The times when ASUS used to pack half a dozen of free games with their graphics cards are long gone. Overall, we can’t find any fault with the packaging and accessories of the Zotac GeForce GTX 570.
The ZT-50201-10P model (on the left) is a copy of Nvidia’s reference sample (on the right), the only difference being the sticker on the cooler casing.
As we wrote in our earlier GeForce GTX 570 review, Nvidia didn’t develop a new PCB for that card. Instead, they used the PCB of the flagship GeForce GTX 580 model. The differences between the Zotac GeForce GTX 570 and the reference GeForce GTX 580 boil down to the former card’s having 4 rather than 6 power phases in the GPU voltage regulator and 10 rather than 12 GDDR5 memory chips. We can even see the same Torx screws here that Nvidia chose to employ for some reason in its GeForce GTX 570.
The ZT-50201-10P has the same specs as the reference sample. Its GPU frequencies are 723 and 1464 MHz for the main and shader domains, respectively. They can be lowered to 405/810 MHz or 51/101 MHz in the two power-saving modes that the card supports. The GPU die incorporates 16 physical stream multiprocessors but only 15 are active. This lowers the number of active ALUs from 512 to 480 and the number of texture-mapping processors from 64 to 60. One of the 64-bit memory controllers is disabled, too, so the number of active raster back-ends is 40 rather than 48 and the L2 cache is reduced from 768 to 640 kilobytes.
The memory frequency is 950 (3800) MHz. With the 320-bit bus, the peak memory bandwidth is 152 GBps. The total amount of onboard graphics memory is 1280 megabytes, which is enough for any modern game even if you play at resolutions above 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. The memory frequency is lowered automatically to 162 (648) or 68 (270) MHz in the power-saving modes.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 570 is equipped with two DVI-I ports and a mini-HDMI. You can only connect more than two display devices simultaneously if you use this card in a SLI tandem. The GeForce GTX 570 supports 3-way SLI configurations, too, as it has two MIO connectors.
We described the cooling system in our earlier GeForce GTX 570 review. The new design with an evaporation chamber performs excellently, ensuring high cooling performance at comfortable noise. We don’t think that ordinary consumers will ever want to replace the default cooler with something else.
The Zotac ZT-50201-10P being an exact copy of the reference GeForce GTX 570, we will skip our traditional power consumption and noise level tests and will move on right to our benchmarks.