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Wednesday, 22 December 2010 09:37

Gainward GTX 570 Golden Sample Goes Like Hell reviewed - 2. A closer look at the GTX 570 GS GLH

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: It really does go like hell

Gainward’s GTX 570 GS GLH comes with special cooling which should keep the temperatures in check.gainward-gs-glh-front-2
The cooler design we see here is no stranger to us, as we’re used to seeing Gainward strap their fastest cards with twin-fan cooling. It’s a dual slot cooler with a large aluminum heatsink and heatpipe technology. The following few photos show the card up close.

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Unlike Nvidia’s reference design, Gainward’s GTX 570 GS GLH comes with a large dual-slot cooler. However, Nvidia’s card will push hot air from the card out of the case whereas Gainward’s card will offload it into the case.

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You can check out the cooler on the following picture, where you can also see that it cools power components and the memory chips.

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The green areas you see on the picture are thermal components which are placed to be in direct contact with various PCB components.


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The fans are a part of the plastic hood that covers the heatsink. It’s interesting to see that the fans have separate 4-pin connectors, rather than the usual practice where both fans run on one 4-pin connector. Worry not though, as software RPM-speed regulation will still be a breeze.



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The base of GTX 570 GS GLH’ cooling is a copper base with four heatpipes which route the heat to the large aluminum heatsink.

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The memory in question is Samsung’s GDDR5 model number K4G10325FE-HC04. The memory is rated at 1250 MHz (5000 MHz GDDR5 effectively).

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The card has two dual-link DVIs, one HDMI and one DisplayPort. In comparison, reference cards come with two dual-link DVIs and a mini-HDMI. However, Nvidia’s architecture enables for using only two outs at the same time, regardless of Gainward’s efforts. This means that if you want more than two monitors – you’ll have to shell out for another card.

It’s well worth noting that the new Nvidia cards don’t require hassle around HDMI audio, i.e. you won’t need to connect SPDIF cables to your motherboard’s/soundcard’s SPDIF out. Gainward used HDMI 1.4a interface.

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Like all high-end cards, Gainward GTX 570 GS GLH allows for daisy chaining up to four cards in your rig for maximum performance or 3D Stereo Vision. If however your ultimate goal is higher display count using only one card, then it might be wiser to go for AMD’s Eyefinity capable cards.

Unlike the reference design, Gainward uses one 6-pin and one 8-pin power connector to cover for the factory overclock and provide further overclocking headroom.


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The card uses the ADP4100 voltage controller which is cheaper than the ChiL voltage controller that is found on the reference card, but it does support voltage changes in software via Afterburner and similar tools.

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-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
 

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