EVGA GTX570 Review
Such is the demand to be the best, and the stakes for the various companies involved are so high, that you can forgive us if we were a tiny bit cautious when we saw the outstanding performance from the nVidia GTX570.
Whilst companies such as EVGA merely need to show that their variant is the one to buy, for a company like nVidia it's a billion dollar statement of intent. The ultimate "money where your mouth is".
Thankfully, as EVGA have shown, if anything the nVidia sample we received was on the lower end of the performance scale rather than a specially cherry-picked sample for the press.
Indeed even at stock the EVGA GTX570 comes out consistently ahead in nearly all our tests.
If stock is impressive though, we have to give special kudos to the overclocking capabilities. Following the well-documented problems with the GF100 chip we'd almost forgotten how well nVidia chips can overclock, but even still the original 68MHz overclock pales into insignificance compared to the 172 MHz overclocked obtained here.
Performance is nothing without control Pirelli used to tell us, and even when overclocked to breaking point the heat from the EVGA GTX570 is still kept just about under control. At stock heat is a total non-issue. Thankfully noise is equally under wraps with the fan being barely audible in all but the most seriously testing conditions.
So on Tuesday we saw that the GTX570 is the weapon of choice for all but the most seriously minted gamer. This EVGA one is even better. Quite how the EVGA Superclocked version can improve on this boggles the mind, but we can't wait to find out.
In the meantime, this is an easy Gold Award winner, and the overclocking performance is such we're also going to give it our Performance award.