If Nvidia refers to their new flagship GPU, the GTX 580, as their tank, then meet your new off tank, the GTX 570.  This GPU is set to give you many of the key benefits of the flagship 580, but in a smaller and much more affordable package.

RipTen was lucky enough to battle test this beast – to see if it’s worth the hype – and your hard earned money.

However, before we go any further, check out the stats:

If lists aren’t your thing, here’s most of the specs in handy paragraph format:

The GTX 570 ships with 480 CUDA Cores and 15 PolyMorph Engines.  The memory subsystem of the GTX 570 consists of five 64-bit memory controllers (320-bit) with 1.25GB of GDDR5 memory.  Clock speeds for the GeForce GTX 580 are 732MHz graphics clock/1464MHz CUDA Cores. Memory speed is 3800MHz data rate.  The GeForce GTX 570 reference board design measures 10.5 inches in length. Display outputs include two dual-link DVIs and one mini-HDMI. Two 6-pin power connectors are required for operation.

Now, the GTX 570 is looking to make the GTX 470 and 480 all but obsolete – and here’s why:

Faster = Better

Not to mention that the 500 series are miles ahead of their predecessors in terms of DX 11 performance and according to Nvidia’s testing, the GTX 570 also outperforms AMD’s flagship HD 5870 and 6870 (However we did not have these available for our own testing)

But what if I already have GTX 460+’s – Is this one card better than my dual SLI?

No!!  In fact, unless you plan on upgrading to two or more GTX 570′s from a 400 series SLI setup – stop reading this review, your setup is beast – pat yourself on the back.

Then who is this card for?

The GTX 570 is for someone who is looking to build a new system or upgrade from another solo card such as the high end 400 series (460/470/480) or upgrade to a new SLI setup with 570′s if they are turned off by the GTX 580′s $499 price point.  Not everyone has a hefty PSU or a motherboard or case big enough to house multiple GPUs.  If that’s the case, then the GTX 570 may be just what you’re looking for.

So how much does the GTX 570 cost?

The entry price point for the GTX 570 will be $349 (Overclocked and tweaked versions available from Nvidia’s partner’s prices will vary, of course)

Anything else I should know?

Yes, the GTX 500 series are also built to be much quieter, something you can read about in my preview of the GTX 580.

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s how Nvidia breaks it down for the laymen like me:

Besides providing more performance, another key design goal we sought to achieve with GeForce GTX 580 and 570 was quieter acoustics. To accomplish this, we developed a new thermal solution.
At the heart of the new cooler is a custom vapor chamber. GTX 580 and 570 employ a copper vapor chamber that pulls heat off the GPU; this heat is then dissipated by a large, dual-slot heatsink. Finally, a blower-style fan exhausts hot air out the back of the system chassis.  But that’s not all. We’ve also made a number of changes to the fan design to reduce fan vibration and noise. The result is a fan that generates a lower pitch and tone so noise is less noticeable. GTX 580/570 also feature a new adaptive GPU fan control algorithm that smoothes the ramp up/down of fan speed under load.  Finally, GTX 580/570 both feature a new cover design. The back of the cover is angled: this helps to route air towards the bracket, and improves airflow between the cards in SLI environments.  As a result of these improvements, the GeForce GTX 580 and 570 deliver great acoustics.

However, in order for you to hear just how quiet a card this big can be, I took a short video for your viewing and listening pleasure: