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Wednesday, 22 December 2010 09:37

Gainward GTX 570 Golden Sample Goes Like Hell reviewed - 8. Conclusion

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

 


Conclusion

Gainward GTX 570 Golden Sample Goes Like Hell is a very interesting card, not least for the custom designed cooler. Another important point is the factory overclocking – GTX 570 GS GLH’s GPU runs at 800MHz for the GPU and 1000MHz (4000MHz effectively). As you may recall, reference GTX 570 cards run at 732MHz for the GPU and 900MHz for the memory.

If the overclock to 800Mz isn’t quite impressive, the overclocking headroom surely is. We managed to hit 950MHz for the GPU by upping the voltage, which is 218MHz higher than reference and in this case we can say with certainty that the card really “Goes Like Hell”.

Twin-fan Good edition cooling keeps the temperatures in check, and the card is cooler than reference. When it comes to noise, we've got a pretty strange scenario on our hands. Namely, when Gainward strapped its GTX 470 GS with its twin fan cooler, the card was significantly quieter than the reference design. This time, however Nvidia made important improvements on the GTX 570, making it really quiet, but Gainward decided to use the cooler we've seen on the GTX 470 GS, just reinforced with one more heatpipe. Gainward GTX 570 GS GLH is a nice card and while it isn’t too loud, it is louder than reference cooled cards.

As far as performance goes, Gainward GTX 570 GS GLH will keep you covered. We’re talking about a top notch card that will provide everything a gamer might crave. The card is based on the GF110 GPU which is also used on the fastest single-GPU card - GTX 580. Its current competition is GTX 480 and HD 6970, although the GTX 480 will soon be gone from the shelves when it gets replaced by the GTX 570.

Although both GF110 and GF100 are made in 40nm and both GPUs have similar performance and 3+ bilion transistor count, the GTX 570 boasts superior consumption. Namely, the GTX 570’s TDP is 219W whereas the GTX 480 has 480W TPD. Furthermore, the GTX 570 has much better thermals and much quieter cooling.

Gainward’s GTX 570 GS GLH naturally consumes more due to the factory overclock. That, coupled with making some overclocking headroom, prompted Gainward to strap the card with 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors. The reference card as you know comes with two 6-pin connectors. Note that Gainward bundles an 8-pin PCI-e power cable with the card.

All in all, Gainward GTX 570 GS GLH is a great card as it offers better performance at 800MHz GPU than most other overclocked GTX 570 cards on the market. If you want to overclock it even higher, it will be no problem as the card packs significant overclocking headroom.

Additional video connectors such as HDMI and DisplayPort complete this offer and perhaps the only downside would be the price – which currently stands at about €360. Gainward's GTX 570 card based on the reference design is set at €322, here.

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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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