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Maximum PC Staff Feb 18, 2011

Asus ENGTX570 Review

At A Glance

JEDI

Great performance for the price; fits inside most cases.

PADAWAN

No DisplayPort connector; power hungry.

The GTX 570 is the little brother of Nvidia’s current high-end GTX 580. Like the original GTX 480, the GTX 570 has 480 shader cores active, and 32 disabled. Since it’s based on the GTX 580 GPU, however, Nvidia’s able to run the GTX 570 at a higher clock rate than the GTX 480. On the other hand, the memory controller is 320 bits wide, versus the GTX 480’s 384-bit controller. That’s still wider than the 256-bit memory bus on the Radeon HD 6970.

The Asus ENGTX570 is pretty much a reference card, although it runs the GPU core just a bit above reference clock, at 742MHz (versus 732MHz for Nvidia’s reference design). Memory weighs in at 1.2GHz running at the default 950MHz. Also standard are a pair of dual-link DVI D-shells plus a Mini-HDMI port.

At $355, the ENGTX570 costs about $25 less than the XFX HD 6970, but wins in seven of 12 benchmarks. It’s slightly quieter as well, even though it uses more power at idle and full throttle than the AMD-based XFX card. So, it really comes down to a trade-off. Performance between the cards is relatively similar, but feature sets differ. Asus supports Nvidia’s 3DVision stereoscopic 3D technology and PhysX accelerated physics, while the HD 6970 offers robust video decode and AMD’s Eyefinity multi-display technology. We lean toward the ENGTX570 for gamers.

SPECS

Asus ENGTX570
Shader Units*
480
Texture Units
60
ROPs
40
Power Connectors
2 x 6-pin
Core Clock
742MHz
Shader Clock
1,484MHz
GDDR5 Memory Clock
950MHz
GDDR5 Frame Buffer
1282MB
Memory Interface
320-bit
Benchmarks

Asus ENGTX570
3DMark 2011
5,316
3DMark Vantage
21,299
Unigine Heaven 2.1 (fps) 30
Crysis (fps) 33
Battle Forge (fps) 65
Far Cry 2 (fps) 105
F1 2010 (fps) 62
HAWX 2 (fps) 144
Metro 2033 (fps) 21
STALKER: CoP (fps)49
Just Cause 2 Concrete Jungle (fps) 46
Aliens vs. Predator (fps) 36
Power @ idle (W)
144
Power @ full throttle (W)339

Our test bed is a 3.33GHz Core i7-975 Extreme Edition in an Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard with 6GB of DDR3/1333 and an 850TX Corsair PSU. The OS is 64-bit Windows Ultimate. All games are run at 1920x1200 with 4x AA.

THE VERDICT

Asus ENGTX570

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