nVidia GTX570 Review
When we reviewed the GTX580 recently the main question we were left with afterwards was is it sufficiently good enough to justify the increase in price over the GTX480.
There was no doubt that it is the ultimate single-GPU solution, and by quite some margin, but the increase from £340 to £450 ish certainly does bring performance per pound into the equation.
If the GTX580 did anything though it was drive down the price of the GTX480 to around £300. All signs point to the GTX570 coming in just a few notes underneath that mark at around the £280 mark.
So what does it all mean for us?
Well if the GTX580 is lots better than the GTX480 but with a healthy premium to be paid for such performance, then the GTX570 becomes a bargain.
It's everything that a slimmer version of the full-fat card should be. Not quite as expensive, not quite as powerful, but still with plenty of grunt.
It spanks the GTX480 in all of our tests bar the last couple, and the realities are that if you haven't completed FarCry 2 by now you probably wont, and Metro 2033, whilst a feast for the eyes, isn't exactly the best game on the planet. So really you shouldn't be dissuaded from purchasing a card based on those two results.
Rather we have something that needs to be thought of as being what the GTX480 should have been, and with a price-tag to match. It's slightly cheaper, it's faster, cooler, quieter and all-around a much more pleasant ownership experience.
With the release of the HD4870 ATI rocked nVidia. The HD5870 made it seem like a complete monopoly. Suddenly nVidia have re-entered the fray with two products so stunning and so much faster than AMDs latest efforts that, if they aren't quite out the park, they certainly have been knocked to the warning track.
Sure if you've got the big bucks and want the absolute best, the GTX580 reigns supreme.
If you've got a sensible amount of money, and want something that is just a gnats chuff shy of being as good as you can buy, then the GTX570 is a stunner and thoroughly deserving of our Gold award..