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What have we found out by benchmarking three original versions of the GeForce GTX 570 graphics card? First, a well-overclocked GeForce GTX 570 can be as fast as a GeForce GTX 580 at a much lower price. For example, by overclocking one GTX 570 to GPU clock rates of 900/1800 MHz and to a memory frequency of 4300 MHz, we increased its average performance by 20 to 30% depending on the particular game and display resolution. Of course, there is no guarantee that every GeForce GTX 570 is going to be that good at overclocking. Among the three cards we tested the worst overclocking result was actually delivered by the most impressively-looking product.

But if you are lucky enough, your overclocked GeForce GTX 570 will compare with the GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 6970 as follows:

As we’ve repeatedly noted in our reviews, regular overclocking is but rarely of any practical worth, but the GeForce GTX 570 proves to be an exception. It is only through overclocking that we could make that card deliver a playable speed in some tests at high resolutions: in Battlefield: Bad Company 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Lost Planet 2 and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty at 2560x1600 and in Dragon Age II and Crysis 2 at 1920x1080. So we guess overclocking your GeForce GTX 570 is worth considering if you’ve got a monitor that supports one of the two Ultra HD modes: 2560x1600 or 2560x1440 pixels. Playing at a nonnative resolution isn’t enjoyable while the faster graphics card may be unaffordable for some users.

Now we are going to add a few words about each graphics card we’ve used for this review. The Gigabyte GV-N570OC-13I features a quiet but effective cooling system, high quality of manufacture, and excellent overclocking potential. This GeForce GTX 570 has everything to win the customer’s heart, so we award it with our Editor’s Choice.

Second goes the Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum which is going to be a good buy for people who don’t want to bother about overclocking. It comes pre-overclocked to GPU and memory clock rates of 800/1600 and 1000 (4000) MHz, respectively. It also looks very stylish. Unfortunately, this graphics card is rather noisy, obviously due to the increased graphics core voltage. This is also the reason why it is so very hot in heavy 3D applications. The Palit card won’t be a good choice if you want a quiet computer.

Finally, the ASUS ENGTX570 DCII certainly deserves our Ultimate Innovation award due to its truly unique design.

Unfortunately, unlike its elder cousin ENGTX580 DCII we tested earlier, it is a bit of a disappointment. Despite its massive and rather effective cooling system, its overclocking results are rather poor. We must have been not lucky with our sample, yet we have to admit that the ASUS card proved to have the lowest overclocking potential among the three. The fan brushing against the cooler casing with its impeller didn’t add any points to the ENGTX570 DCII, either. We corrected this defect in a couple of minutes, but users aren’t supported to correct the manufacturer’s flaws, are they?

So, we’d rank our pre-overclocked GeForce GTX 570s in the following way:

  • Gigabyte GV-N570OC-13I
  • Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum
  • Asus ENGTX570 DCII

Of course, this is but three out of the numerous GeForce GTX 570 models available, yet we hope that our tests will help you make a better shopping choice.

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