Sunday, May 27, 2012

Evga Geforce Gtx 570 video card

When it comes to video cards evga offers each version in several flavors including :

Standard reference design
Super Clocked (SC)
Super Super Clocked (SSC)
For The Win (FTW)
Classified Hydro (Water Cooled)

The main difference between these designations is the amount of factory overclock dialed in by EVGA and on the higher end boards the quality of some of the materials to provide potentially better overclocking.  

The Hydro series has factory installed water blocks for extreme cooling and overclocking potential.

EVGA did a full background check on Legit and gave us clearance to put this latest classified version of their GTX570 into our lab to see what the maximum factory overclocked could do to our benchmarks.  

The reference GeForce GTX 570 runs at 732 MHz core, 950 MHz memory, and 1464 MHz shader.  

This Classified version has been pushed to 823 MHz core, 975.5 MHz memory, and 1645 MHz shader clocks.  

This is good for a boost of 12% on the core and shader clocks with additional 3% on memory clock.

The MSRP for the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified $359.99 but currently they are offering a $10.00 mail-in rebate.  

We found the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified for $349.99 shipped after the rebate.  

This is a $20.00 premium over the base GTX 570 but be aware you get more than just 12% performance boost by going Classified as the power, board layout, and parts quality are boosted from the base version.

An interesting note on packaging and the classified card.  

We started to wonder when we noticed on EVGA's web site a package of the GTX 570 Classified in an all black box and without the HD badge but with the same part number.  

A quick inquiry with EVGA confirmed that they have two different packaging schemes for the same card. 

Two versions of the packaging for the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified :

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified Specifications :

Key Specifications :

480 CUDA Cores
822 MHz GPU
1645MHz Shader Clock
DirectX 11
OpenGL 4.1
Memory : 1280 MB, 320 bit GDDR5
3902 MHz (effective)
156 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
Interfaces : PCI-E 2.0 16x
Two Dual-Link DVI-I HDCP capable connectors
HDMI : Display-Port
3-Way SLI Capable
Resolution & Refresh : 240Hz Max Refresh Rate
2048x1536 Max Analog
2560x1600 Max Digital
Dimensions : Length: 10.5in - 266.7mm
Height: 4.376in - 111.15mm
Weight: 3lb
Accessories : EVGA Driver disk wiht EVGA Precision Tuning Utility
User Guide
DVI to VGA Adapter
Dual MOLEX to 6-pin PCIe power adapter
EVGA limited edition poster
Requirements : Minimum of a 550 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 38 Amps.)
An available 6-pin PCI-E power connector and an available 8 pin PCI-E power connector

Support for driver downloads : Evga download center.

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