Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum
The Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum has the largest box among the three products we are discussing. Its design justifies the word Platinum in the product name.
The box isn’t informative, though. You can only learn the type and amount of the graphics memory. The Sonic Platinum sticker informs you that the card is pre-overclocked but does not tell you the exact numbers. The graphics card and its accessories are protected with a piece of foam plastic. The accessories include the following:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
- 2x6-pin PCIe → 1x8-pin PCIe adapter;
- Brief installation manual;
- CD disk with drivers, utilities and documents.
We don’t see too many things here, but the accessories to the Gigabyte GV-N570OC-13I are hardly any better. The power adapter isn’t very handy as it requires two 6-pin PSU connectors for one 8-pin connector on the graphics card. You may run short of PCIe connectors with some PSUs. Power adapters from 4-pin Molex (PATA) connectors are much handier in this respect.
This GeForce GTX 570 looks very Platinum and eye-catching.
We’ve seen this design in our earlier reviews, though. For example, the Palit GeForce GTX 470 and the Gainward GeForce GTX 570 GS GLH looked very much the same. The main difference is the silvery color of the cooler casing. We had to unfasten more screws to the take the latter off than with the cooler of the Gigabyte card. We then saw the following:
Like Gigabyte and ASUS, Palit employs a PCB which is equally suitable for both GeForce GTX 570 and GeForce GTX 580. The same PCB is used in the abovementioned Gainward GeForce GTX 570 GS GLH. The unified design seems to be the trend now: you only have to add more memory chips and install an unlocked GF110 processor to produce the more advanced graphics card. Indeed, these two models from Nvidia do not differ as much as to justify the development of an original PCB with 320-bit memory bus.
The PCB does not copy the reference one, though. It is developed by Palit and features a 6+2 power circuit, like that of the ASUS ENGTX570 DCII.
The GPU voltage regulator is based on an ADP4100 controller from ON Semiconductor whereas the memory voltage controller is a tiny mysterious chip labeled as “DQ=CK 41E”. The graphics card has one 6-pin and one 8-pin power connector.
We don’t get any variation in terms of graphics memory with this card, either. The Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum has the same 1-gigabit K4G10325FE-HC04 chips rated for 1250 (5000) MHz. The card’s memory frequency is 1000 (4000) MHz, providing a peak bandwidth of 160 GBps (8 GBps higher than that of the reference sample).
The Palit card has the oldest GPU in this review. It was manufactured on the 47th week of 2010. Otherwise, it is the same cut-down GF110 as in any other GeForce GTX 570 with 480 ALUs, 60 TMUs and 40 RBEs. What’s interesting about the Palit card is that its GPU clock rates are increased to 800/1600 MHz and its GPU voltage is as high as 1.12 volts in 3D mode. It’s good to have such GPU frequencies out of the box, but the high GPU voltage means that the card is going to be very hot.
Like the ASUS card, this one supports all modern interfaces including HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort. The ASUS and Palit are definitely superior to the Gigabyte in their connectivity options. You can use more than two monitors simultaneously if the card works in SLI mode.
You can refer to our review of the Gainward GeForce GTX 570 GS GLH for a detailed description of the cooling system installed on the Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum.
The difference is only in the color and shape of the plastic casing. The cooler has a classic design with heat pipes. It doesn’t use nonstandard technologies like direct touch or evaporation chamber. It has a large aluminum heatsink connected to the copper base with four heat pipes and a couple of 80mm fans (probably Power Logic PLA08015B12HH, like in the Gainward-branded version). This cooler is effective but the GPU voltage may turn to be too high for it. Let’s check this out right now.