Gigabyte's GV-N570SO-13I offers potent performance and a custom cooler that keeps everything purring along smoothly
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API supported: DirectX 11
Connections: 2x DVI, HDMI
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
GPU frequency: 845MHz
Interface type: PCI-E
If you're interested in a Nvidia GTX 570 powered GPU, Gigabyte has no less than six candidates.
Running the GV-N570SO-13I through our DirectX 11 Heaven v2.0 benchmark the Gigabyte mustered figures of 103.6fps, 71.0fps and 60.6fps at 1,024 x 768, 1,680 x 1,050 and 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. These figures left the slightly less expensive Asus ENGTX 570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 in the dust by decent margins.
What's even more impressive is the fact that the GV-N570SO-13I is almost as fast as Zotac's pre-overclocked GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition offering (also reviewed on ITP.net). The Zotac was only marginally faster with its scores of 107.5fps, 76.2fps and 65.4fps at the same test resolutions.
The reason for this phenomenal performance is, of course, the overclocked GPU. The ever useful GPU-Z revealed that the core was running at a colossal 845MHz - 103MHz faster than the frequency at which Asus' ENGTX 570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GPU runs at.
To keep its card from imploding Gigabyte has fitted a reasonably large cooler. There are acres of aluminium and copper and the whole assembly is cooled by no less than three cooling fans.
Unfortunately, the card stumbles when it comes to pricing. At US $510 it is $55 more expensive than Asus' card and only $50 cheaper than Zotac's GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition card.