For the GeForce GTX 570 launch, Gainward has two variants available – one is the reference card, while the other is custom designed from scratch in-house. The card we have with us today is the special one – the Gainward GeForce GTX 570 Golden Sample ‘Goes Like Hell’.
Opening the box, you have:
- the card itself,
- a DVI-to-VGA convertor,
- a dual 6-pin to single 8-pin PCI Express power adaptor,
- a quick start guide,
- a driver CD, and
- a discount coupon for Loiloscope.
Gainward has gone the extra mile to offer good cushioning material, and even douse the inside of the box in a shade of red.
Gainward’s GTX 570 GS-GLH sports a dual fan, dual slot cooler design. The high quality semi-glossy plastic shroud has vents at the corners to allow hot air to be exhausted.
Gainward has provided two DVI outputs, one HDMI output and one DisplayPort output. A vent on the rear PCI bracket allows some hot air to be exhausted out of the casing.
While the reference GeForce GTX 570 card requires two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors, Gainward’s custom card requires one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI Express power connector, similar to the GeForce GTX 580’s requirements. Simply put, it just means this card is more or less designed for further overclocking.
The back of the Gainward’s printed circuit board (PCB) reveals that they could very well re-use the same board for a custom GeForce GTX 580 in the future as it can accomodate two 8-pin PCI Express connectors and the full 12 memory chips.