EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked Video Card Review
By Gabriel Torres on December 20, 2010


Introduction

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The GeForce GTX 570 is the latest high-end graphics chip from NVIDIA, and EVGA has released an overclocked model called “Superclocked” or simply “SC” that costs USD 20 more than the standard GeForce GTX 570. At USD 370, the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked competes directly with the new Radeon HD 6970, which comes with the same price tag. Which one of the two is the best? Let’s check it out.

EVGA has three lines of overclocked video cards, listed from the lower overclocking level to the highest: Superclocked (SC), Super Superclocked (SSC), and For The Win Edition (FTW). So far EVGA released only an SC model for the GeForce GTX 570, with an 8.9% overclocking on the graphics chip and a tiny 2.6% overclocking on the memory.

In the table below we compare the main specs of the video cards included in our review. They are all DirectX 11 parts.

Video Card

Core Clock

Shader Clock

Memory Clock (Real)

Memory Clock (Effective)

Memory Interface

Memory Transfer Rate

Memory

Shaders

Price

GeForce GTX 570

732 MHz

1,464 MHz

1.9 GHz

3.8 GHz

320-bit

152 GB/s

1.28 GB GDDR5

480

USD 350

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

797 MHz

1,594 MHz

1.95 GHz

3.9 GHz

320-bit

156 GB/s

1.28 GB GDDR5

480

USD 370

Radeon HD 5870

850 MHz

850 MHz

2.4 GHz

4.8 GHz

256-bit

153.6 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

1,600

USD 290

Radeon HD 6870

900 MHz

900 MHz

2.1 GHz

4.2 GHz

256-bit

134.4 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

1,120

USD 240

Radeon HD 6950

800 MHz

800 MHz

2.5 GHz

5 GHz

256-bit

160 GB/s

2 GB GDDR5

1,408

USD 300

Radeon HD 6970

880 MHz

880 MHz

2.75 GHz

5.5 GHz

256-bit

176 GB/s

2 GB GDDR5

1,536

USD 370

Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.

You can compare the specs of these video cards with other video cards by taking a look at our AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table and NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table tutorials.   

Now let’s take an in-depth look at the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked

Below we have an overall look at the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked, which is basically the NVIDIA reference model with the BIOS programmed with the higher clock values. It requires two six-pin auxiliary power connectors.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
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Figure 1: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
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Figure 2: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked

This video card has one mini HDMI and two DVI-D connectors, and it comes with an adapter for you to convert the mini HDMI connector into a standard-sized one.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
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Figure 3: Video connectors

The EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked (Contíd)

In Figure 4, you can see the video card with its cooler removed and, in Figure 5, a close-up of the voltage regulator circuit. The printed circuit board used with the GeForce GTX 570 is the same one used with the GeForce GTX 580, except that two phases of the GPU voltage regulator circuit were removed, so the GeForce GTX 570 has four phases for the GPU and two phases for the memory chips. Another difference is the number of memory chips: the GeForce GTX 580 comes with 12 1 Gbit chips, while the GeForce GTX 570 comes with 10.

The voltage regulator circuit uses high-end components: SMD capacitors (a.k.a. highly-conductive polymerized capacitors or simply hi-C capacitors), ferrite-core coils (which make the regulator to have higher efficiency because they have lower energy loss than iron-core coils), solid capacitors, and low RDS(on) MOSFET transistors (i.e., higher efficiency).

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
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Figure 4: Video card with the cooler removed

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
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Figure 5: Voltage regulator circuit

The GPU heatsink can be seen in Figures 6 and 7. It has a copper base using vapor chamber technology, which is the same technology behind heat-pipes, and aluminum fins. The cooler has a 70 mm radial fan.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
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Figure 6: The GPU heatsink

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
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Figure 7: The GPU heatsink

The EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked uses 10 1 Gbit GDDR5 chips, making its 1,280 MB video memory (1 Gbit x 10 = 128 MB x 10 = 1,280 MB). Each chip is connected to the GPU using a 32-bit data lane, making the video card’s 320-bit memory interface (32 bits x 10 = 320).

The chips used are K4G10325FE-HC05 parts from Samsung, which support up to 2 GHz (4 GHz DDR) and since on this video card memory is accessed at 1.95 GHz (3.9 GHz DDR), there is still a small margin for you to increase the memory clock rate while keeping the chips inside the maximum they support. Of course you can always try to overclock the memory chips above their specs.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
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Figure 8: Memory chips

In Figure 10, you can see all the accessories that come with the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked: mini HDMI-to-HDMI adapter, DVI-to-VGA adapter, two power adapters, manual, and installation CD.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked
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Figure 9: Accessories

Before seeing the performance results, let’s recap the main features of this video card.

Main Specifications

The main specifications for the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked video card include:

* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.

How We Tested

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions the only variable was the video card being tested.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

Driver Versions

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 3% error margin. Thus, differences below 3% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 3% should be considered as having similar performance.

Call of Duty 4

Call of Duty 4 is a DirectX 9 game implementing high-dynamic range (HDR) and its own physics engine, which is used to calculate how objects interact. For example, if you shoot, exactly what will happen to the object when the bullet hits it? Will it break? Will it move? Will the bullet bounce back? It gives a more realistic experience to the user.

To get accurate results, we had to disable the 80 FPS limit in the game. To do this, input the command, “/seta com_maxfps 1000” (minus the quotes) into the console (` key). It can be set to any number greater than 200.

We ran this program at three 16:10 widescreen resolutions, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, and 2560x1600, maxing out all image quality controls (i.e., everything was set to the maximum values in the Graphics and Texture menus). We used the internal game benchmarking feature, running a demo provided by NVIDIA called “wetwork.”We are putting this demo here for downloading if you want to run your own benchmarks. We ran the demo five times, and the results below are the average number of frames per second (FPS) achieved by each video card.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Call of Duty 4 - Maximum

1680x1050

Difference

Radeon HD 6970

177.4

1%

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

175.1

 

GeForce GTX 570

169.0

-3%

Radeon HD 6950

155.6

-11%

Radeon HD 5870

150.3

-14%

Radeon HD 6870

142.4

-19%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Call of Duty 4 - Maximum

1920x1200

Difference

Radeon HD 6970

162.3

6%

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

152.6

 

GeForce GTX 570

144.6

-5%

Radeon HD 5870

130.8

-14%

Radeon HD 6950

130.4

-15%

Radeon HD 6870

123.5

-19%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Call of Duty 4 - Maximum

2560x1600

Difference

Radeon HD 6970

108.4

5%

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

103.4

 

GeForce GTX 570

100.4

-3%

Radeon HD 6950

92.2

-11%

Radeon HD 5870

91.8

-11%

Radeon HD 6870

87.3

-16%

Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead is a DirectX 10 game based on the same engine as the original Crysis, but optimized (it runs under DirectX 9.0c when installed on Windows XP).

We used the HardwareOC Crysis Warhead Benchmark Tool to collect the data for this test.We ran this program at three 16:10 widescreen resolutions, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, and 2560x1600, all at very high image quality (but with no anti-aliasing and no anisotropic filtering) and using the Airfield demo. The results below are the number of frames per second achieved by each video card.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Crysis Warhead - Very High

1680x1050

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

47

 

GeForce GTX 570

44

-6%

Radeon HD 6970

39

-17%

Radeon HD 6950

36

-23%

Radeon HD 5870

34

-28%

Radeon HD 6870

32

-32%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Crysis Warhead - Very High

1920x1200

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

40

 

GeForce GTX 570

38

-5%

Radeon HD 6970

34

-15%

Radeon HD 6950

31

-23%

Radeon HD 5870

30

-25%

Radeon HD 6870

27

-33%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Crysis Warhead - Very High

2560x1600

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

26

 

Radeon HD 6970

24

-8%

GeForce GTX 570

24

-8%

Radeon HD 6950

21

-19%

Radeon HD 5870

21

-19%

Radeon HD 6870

18

-31%

Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2 is based on an entirely new game engine called Dunia, which is DirectX 10 when played under Windows Vista with a DirectX 10 compatible video card.

We used the benchmarking utility that comes with this game, setting image quality to Ultra High (with x8 anti-aliasing) and running the “Ranch Long” demo three times. The results below are expressed in frames per second and are an arithmetic average of the three results collected.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

FarCry 2 - Ultra High - AAx8

1680x1050

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

104.6

 

GeForce GTX 570

99.1

-5%

Radeon HD 6970

81.9

-22%

Radeon HD 6950

78.4

-25%

Radeon HD 5870

74.4

-29%

Radeon HD 6870

70.6

-32%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

FarCry 2 - Ultra High - AAx8

1920x1200

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

90.4

 

GeForce GTX 570

84.7

-6%

Radeon HD 6970

74.3

-18%

Radeon HD 6950

70.7

-22%

Radeon HD 6870

70.6

-22%

Radeon HD 5870

65.6

-28%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

FarCry 2 - Ultra High - AAx8

2560x1600

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

57.9

 

Radeon HD 6970

55.4

-4%

GeForce GTX 570

55.2

-5%

Radeon HD 6950

50.4

-13%

Radeon HD 5870

44.2

-24%

Radeon HD 6870

42.4

-27%

Aliens vs. Predator

Aliens vs. Predator is a DirectX 11 game that makes full use of tessellation and advanced shadow rendering. We used the Aliens vs. Predator Benchmark Tool developed by Rebellion. This program reads its configuration from a text file (our configuration files can be found here). We ran this program at 1680x1050, 1920x1200, and 2560x1600 resolutions, with very high settings, 16x anisotropic filtering and 4x anti-aliasing.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Aliens vs. Predator - Very High - AAx4, AFx16

1680x1050

Difference

Radeon HD 6970

47.9

4%

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

46.2

 

GeForce GTX 570

43.3

-6%

Radeon HD 6950

42.1

-9%

Radeon HD 5870

37.7

-18%

Radeon HD 6870

31.4

-32%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Aliens vs. Predator - Very High - AAx4, AFx16

1920x1200

Difference

Radeon HD 6970

39.6

5%

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

37.6

 

GeForce GTX 570

35.2

-6%

Radeon HD 6950

35.1

-7%

Radeon HD 5870

30.8

-18%

Radeon HD 6870

25.6

-32%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Aliens vs. Predator - Very High - AAx4, AFx16

2560x1600

Difference

Radeon HD 6970

24.6

5%

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

23.5

 

GeForce GTX 570

22.0

-6%

Radeon HD 6950

21.7

-8%

Radeon HD 5870

19

-19%

Radeon HD 6870

15.8

-33%

Lost Planet 2

Lost Planet 2 is a game that uses a lot of DirectX 11 features, like tessellation (to round out the edges of polygonal models), displacement maps (added to the tessellated mesh to add fine grain details), DirectCompute soft body simulation (to introduce more realism in the “boss” monsters), and DirectCompute wave simulation (to introduce more realism in the physics calculations in water surfaces; when you move or when gunshots and explosions hit the water, it moves accordingly). We reviewed the video cards using Lost Planet 2 internal benchmarking features, choosing the “Benchmark A” (we know that “Benchmark B” is the one recommended for reviewing video cards, however, at least with us, results were inconsistent). We set graphics at “high,” anti-aliasing at “4x” and DX11 at “full.” The results below are the number of frames per second generated by each video card.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Lost Planet 2 - High - AAx4

1680x1050

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

70.10

 

GeForce GTX 570

61.30

-13%

Radeon HD 6970

45.20

-36%

Radeon HD 6950

40.20

-43%

Radeon HD 6870

35.70

-49%

Radeon HD 5870

31.10

-56%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Lost Planet 2 - High - AAx4

1920x1200

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

57.10

 

GeForce GTX 570

54.20

-5%

Radeon HD 6970

41.70

-27%

Radeon HD 6950

33.60

-41%

Radeon HD 6870

30.60

-46%

Radeon HD 5870

27.80

-51%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

Lost Planet 2 - High - AAx4

2560x1600

Difference

Radeon HD 6970

37.85

1%

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

37.50

 

GeForce GTX 570

35.50

-5%

Radeon HD 6950

27.40

-27%

Radeon HD 6870

23.90

-36%

Radeon HD 5870

23.80

-37%

3DMark 11 Professional

3DMark 11 Professional measures Shader 5.0 (i.e., DirectX 11) performance. We ran this program at three 16:10 widescreen resolutions, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, and 2560x1600, selecting the four graphics tests available and deselecting the other tests available. We used two image quality settings for each resolution, “Performance” and “Extreme,” both at their default settings. The results being compared are the “GPU Score” achieved by each video card.

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

3DMark Vantage - Performance

1680x1050

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

3581

 

Radeon HD 6970

3424

-4%

GeForce GTX 570

3285

-8%

Radeon HD 6950

3023

-16%

Radeon HD 5870

2814

-21%

Radeon HD 6870

2745

-23%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

3DMark Vantage - Performance

1920x1200

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

2679

 

Radeon HD 6970

2641

-1%

GeForce GTX 570

2466

-8%

Radeon HD 6950

2334

-13%

Radeon HD 5870

2208

-18%

Radeon HD 6870

2148

-20%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

3DMark Vantage - Performance

2560x1600

Difference

Radeon HD 6970

1573

3%

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

1533

 

GeForce GTX 570

1414

-8%

Radeon HD 6950

1383

-10%

Radeon HD 5870

1352

-12%

Radeon HD 6870

1287

-16%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

3DMark Vantage - Extreme

1680x1050

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

2107

 

Radeon HD 6970

2071

-2%

GeForce GTX 570

1932

-8%

Radeon HD 6950

1765

-16%

Radeon HD 5870

1702

-19%

Radeon HD 6870

1668

-21%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

3DMark Vantage - Extreme

1920x1200

Difference

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

1645

 

Radeon HD 6970

1611

-2%

GeForce GTX 570

1507

-8%

Radeon HD 6950

1415

-14%

Radeon HD 5870

1380

-16%

Radeon HD 6870

1314

-20%

EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked

3DMark Vantage - Extreme

2560x1600

Difference

Radeon HD 6970

1005

2%

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 SC

986

 

GeForce GTX 570

910

-8%

Radeon HD 6950

882

-11%

Radeon HD 5870

875

-11%

Radeon HD 6870

824

-16%

Conclusions

In our Radeon HD 6970 review, we saw a technical tie between the Radeon HD 6970 and the standard GeForce GTX 570: from the six programs we ran, one was faster on three of them and the other was faster on the other three. The overclocking present in the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked, although relatively small, helped to point the tip of the scale in favor of this model from EVGA.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 570 and the Radeon HD 6970 achieve similar performance on Call of Duty 4, Aliens vs. Predator and 3DMark 11 (sometimes one was a little bit faster, sometimes the other, but the difference was not significant). However, on the other three games, the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked presented a huge advantage: up to 21% faster on Crysis Warhead, up to 28% faster on Far Cry 2, and up to 55% faster on Lost Planet 2.

Costing exactly the same thing than the Radeon HD 6970, the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked is the video card you should buy if you have USD 370 to spend, being a better option than the standard GeForce GTX 570 (of course you can always buy the standard version and overclock it yourself and save USD 20).

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/EVGA-GeForce-GTX-570-Superclocked-Video-Card-Review/1153


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