In our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 review, we feature Gainward’s custom-designed GeForce GTX 570 Golden Sample ‘Goes Like Hell’ (GS GLH) Edition card. takes a look at where the GTX 570 (overclocked or not) stands against previous-generation products, and the current GTX 580 flagship.

November 9 saw the launch of NVIDIA’s new flagship, the GeForce GTX 580 GPU. The GeForce GTX 580 introduced several architectural enhancements, had more CUDA cores, bumped up operating frequencies and also addressed thermal issues that bogged its previous GTX 480 flagship.

The fully-enabled GF110 chipset, which is also known as the GeForce GTX 580 GPU, is a re-engineering of the GF100 down to the transistor level. To improve the performance per watt ratio, NVIDIA used higher speed transistors on more critical processing paths, and lower leakage ones on less timing sensitive paths. A large percentage of transistors were modified, reducing overall power consumption.


To reduce wastage, die harvesting is practiced by GPU makers. A chip that is either partially defective, or cannot achieve the rated operating frequencies of the flagship part will be screened again and harvested to become a slower GPU that has lesser Streaming Multiprocessors and lower operating frequencies. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before NVIDIA introduced a slightly slower GPU that is also based on the GF110 to join the GeForce GTX 580 as a cheaper high-end alternative.

Enter the GeForce GTX 570 today. Like the GeForce GTX 470 which is a GF100 with (further) disabled portions, the GeForce GTX 570 is a GF110 with one Streaming Multiprocessor and one 64-bit memory controller disabled.


Before we continue, here’s some facts numbers to chew on:

GeForce GTX 580 GeForce GTX 480 GeForce GTX 570 GeForce GTX 470
CUDA Cores 512 480 480 448
Texture Units 64 60 60 56
ROPs 48 48 40 40
Core Clock 772MHz 700MHz 732MHz 607MHz
Shader Clock 1544MHz 1401MHz 1464MHz 1215MHz
Memory Clock 4008MHz 3696MHz 3800MHz 3348MHz
Memory Configuration 1536MB GDDR5, 384-bit 1536MB GDDR5, 384-bit 1280MB GDDR5, 320-bit 1280MB GDDR5, 320-bit
Transistor Count 3 billion 3.2 billion 3 billion 3.2 billion
Manufacturing Process TSMC 40nm TSMC 40nm TSMC 40nm TSMC 40nm
TDP 244W 250W 219W 216W


Let us waste no time in finding out how much improvements can we see over the GeForce GTX 470, and how much slower it is against the GeForce GTX 580!