The GeForce GTX 580 graphics card is surely Nvidia’s most advanced and successful product today. As we know from our tests, this top-end single-processor card can satisfy most gamers, especially if they do not use super-high resolutions like 2560x1600 or 2560x1440. After all the mishaps with the G200 and GF100 processors, Nvidia’s stake on high-performance single-chip solutions has finally won.
However, the price of that product can repel quite a lot of gamers. The GeForce GTX 580 currently sells at its recommended price of $499 and it is but rarely that you can find it for $10-20 less. At the same time, the GeForce GTX 570 is considerably cheaper. Its recommended price is $329 and it can be found in retail for $300-310. And it is as good as the GeForce GTX 480 in its specs and surpasses the old GF100-based flagship in overclockability.
We already tried to make a GeForce GTX 570 perform like a GeForce GTX 580 in one of our earlier reviews. We found out that factory-overclocked GTX 570s cannot do that since their performance is only 7 to 10% higher compared to the reference GTX 570. But there is indeed a chance of overclocking a GeForce GTX 570 to the level of a GTX 580 if you do that manually.
So now we are going to pick up the topic we started in our article called Pre-Overclocked Nvidia GeForce GTX 570: Gainward vs. Zotac and check out three more GeForce GTX 570 cards in the same test:
Each of these graphics cards is special in its own way, and we are going to dwell on their peculiarities, but the subject matter of this review is in finding out the overclocking potential of the cards and checking out the real-life benefits of overclocking them. We will also talk about their consumer properties such as noisiness and cooling system performance.
First, let’s take a closer look at each of the products we are going to test today.