Asus ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5

The Asus ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 is based on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570 GPU, and will take up three rear expansion slots

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Asus ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 The Asus ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 costs $455 and will take up three rear expansion slots
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  August 18, 2011

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Key Specs

API supported: DirectX 11
Connections: 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
GPU frequency: 742MHz
Interface type: PCI-E

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Asus has been in business for a long time and while it has produced some truly stunning products over the years, it has never seemed to have mastered the art of naming its products.

The ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 is one of only two cards Asus manufactures using Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 570 GPU.

Like its costlier GTX 580-powered cousin (also reviewed on ITP.net) this card is quite a brute in terms of dimensions and weight. The ENGTX 570 is, in fact, the third longest card in this grouptest, so if you own a micro-ATX chassis you can forget about trying to fit this card. It’s worth checking how much clearance you have even if you own a medium tower ATX chassis.

The monster cooler fitted to this Asus graphics card also means that you can kiss three rear expansion slots goodbye. So again it’s worth checking if you can spare the space for this massive graphics card.

Thanks to its oversized cooler however the GTX 570 was easily one of the most civil graphics cards on test here. Even after hours and hours of intensive gaming, we never once heard the two massive cooling fans spinning up to full power.

Coming to performance the Asus managed decent figures but given that its core was clocked slower than that of Gigabyte’s GV-N570SO-13I (also reviewed on ITP.net) it finished behind the Gigabyte card across the board.

Verdict:While this monster-sized card packs reasonable punch you can find faster and slimmer solutions on the market today.

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