Featured Articles

Nvidia Shield 2 shows up in AnTuTu

Nvidia Shield 2 shows up in AnTuTu

Nvidia’s original Shield console launched last summer to mixed reviews. It went on sale in the US and so far Nvidia…

More...
AMD CSO John Byrne talks ARM

AMD CSO John Byrne talks ARM

We had a chance to talk about AMD’s upcoming products with John Byrne, Chief Sales Officer, AMD. We covered a number…

More...
AMD Chief Sales Officer thinks GPU leadership is critical

AMD Chief Sales Officer thinks GPU leadership is critical

We had a chance to talk to John Byrne who spent the last two years as Senior Vice President and Chief…

More...
OpenPlus One $299 5.5-inch Full HD phone

OpenPlus One $299 5.5-inch Full HD phone

OnePlus is one of the few small companies that might disrupt the Android phone market, dominated by giant outfits like Samsung.…

More...
KFA2 GTX 780 Ti Hall Of Fame reviewed

KFA2 GTX 780 Ti Hall Of Fame reviewed

KFA2 gained a lot of overclocking experience with the GTX 780 Hall of Fame (HOF), which we had a chance to…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 09:37

Gainward GTX 570 Golden Sample Goes Like Hell reviewed

Written by Sanjin Rados
thumb

Review: It really does go like hell
Today we’ll talk about Gainward‘s GTX 570 Golden Sample Goes Like Hell, one of the few top cards in 2010.

The graphics card is based on Nvidia Fermi architecture, meaning the GF110 chip which is Nvidia’s most advanced graphics chip to date. GTX 570 offers plenty of performance in the high-end segment and the only faster card is the GTX 580, which is again based on the GF110. The opposing red camp offers the new HD 6970, which is comparable to reference GTX 570 cards.

Of course we can’t forget the retired GTX 480, which was the fastest Nvidia’s single-GPU in the last generation, but the GTX 570 sent it to an early retirement. Both cards feature similar gaming performance, but the GTX 570 comes with more efficient GPU and superior thermals.

Anyone familiar with Gainward knows by now that Goes Like Hell is a synonym for speed. Apart from the factory overclock, GTX 570 GS GLH boasts special twin-fan cooling and great video-output panel setup.

So, the card runs at 800MHz for the GPU, 1600MHz for shaders and 4000MHz (effectively) for the memory. Just to remind you, reference clocks stand at 732MHz for the GPU, 1462MHz for shaders and 3800MHz for memory.


gainward-gs-glh-front-1
We’ll briefly cover main differences between the GTX 580 and GTX 570, two of Nvidia’s fastest cards. The GPUZ snapshot you see below shows that GTX 570 comes with 480 shaders. Since one SM (Streaming Multiprocessor) comes with 32 shaders, this means that one SM has been disabled when compared to the GTX 580. The GTX 580 comes with all SMs enabled, i.e. 512 shaders.

gainward_gtx_570_gs_glh_gpuz

GTX 570 has 1280MB of GDDR5 memory, whereas the GTX 580 comes with 1536MB of GDDR5. The reason behind less memory on the GTX 570 is one (64-bit) memory controller less than on the GTX 580. This resulted in the GTX 570 featuring 320-bit memory bus (5 x 256MB) unlike the GTX 580, which comes with all 6 memory controllers and thus 384-bit memory bus (6 x 256MB).

The GTX 580 runs at higher clocks – 772MHz GPU and 4000MHz memory (effectively).

It is easy to conclude that the GTX 580 is superior to the GTX 570, but since Gainward GTX 570 GS GLH is overclocked, let us wait and see how it fares.

Another important piece of info is that the GTX 570 comes with 40 ROPs (GTX 580 has 48), and 60 texture units (GTX 580 has 64). In case you didn’t know, each SM is assigned with 4 texture units.

 

  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  3 
  •  4 
  •  5 
  •  6 
  •  7 
  •  8 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »
(Page 1 of 8)
Last modified on Thursday, 22 September 2011 10:24
blog comments powered by Disqus

Comments  

 
-4 #1 DJDestiny 2010-12-22 10:51
It is indeed like a relabeled 480 .
With one disabled SM and a few disabled bits of data , and of course a new cooler .
But what's the point of throttling again ?
 
 
-8 #2 MrScary 2010-12-22 11:56
It really goes like hell, hehehe:

509W full load= more than the 580...nuclear plant needed (add to my shop list)

Gainward besides MSI is the best brand for nvidiots cards, but i sitck to AMD for life.

Happy nuking. :D
 
 
+2 #3 Warhead 2010-12-22 12:00
The performance does look good indeed. But right now I'm happy with my HD 6970 that I have just bought, so hopefully with new drivers the performance should increase over time.
 
 
+2 #4 Nerdmaster 2010-12-22 17:58
Its more power hungry than 580. :o
 
 
+5 #5 Jurassic1024 2010-12-22 20:05
Quoting DJDestiny:
It is indeed like a relabeled 480 .
With one disabled SM and a few disabled bits of data , and of course a new cooler .
But what's the point of throttling again ?





What's teh point of throttling? Ask AMD, since you and it are best buddies. *cough Powertune cough*. ANd if you think the 570 is a rebadge, you are truly out of your league here.
 
 
+4 #6 leftiszi 2010-12-22 22:01
My PNY 570s run at 0.95V for the stock 732Mhz. For 850Mhz I have to use 1V as well.

The power draw may be higher than the 580 but look at the bright side. You only OC when really needed and it is nice to know that you can have 580 like performance for 150 euros less.

This is the case for the 570 GLH really. 1V at 800Mhz=higher power draw than the 580.

That's why you get stock clocked 570s and you OC only when needed.

The exhaust inside the case is a fail btw. Reference HSF FTW!
 
 
+3 #7 DJDestiny 2010-12-23 05:22
Quoting Jurassic1024:
Quoting DJDestiny:
It is indeed like a relabeled 480 .
With one disabled SM and a few disabled bits of data , and of course a new cooler .
But what's the point of throttling again ?





What's teh point of throttling? Ask AMD, since you and it are best buddies. *cough Powertune cough*. ANd if you think the 570 is a rebadge, you are truly out of your league here.


Powertune can be changed / switched off in OverDrive .
 
 
0 #8 hoohoo 2010-12-31 06:02
I am sure you people have seen the news that a 6950 can be BIOS-flashed to enable all the shaders and bits and pieces - you get a 6970.

If you can do the flash (I still have a pair of 4890s, haven't tried it), then the dollar value seems to be the 6950 no?

Funny thing about the above is that AMD knows about burning gates - we used to overclock Athlons using pencil lead tracks between contacts on the top of that CPU that set the multiplier. I suspect the 6950 can be flashed to 6970 because AMD wants people in the know to do it instead of buying nVidia.

The unwashed masses will never know the difference - but they will probably be buying on bang for the buck not absolute performance.

What do you think of this?
 
 
+1 #9 PCWizKid 2011-01-03 07:27
I did the BIOS flash update to my HD6950 and made it a HD6970 basically, I posted a video with results here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEZL5vezYm0
 

To be able to post comments please log-in with Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments