Check out this review from the guys at Hardware Canucks of the new GTX 570 SC video card.
In the month leading up to the usual Christmas rush, everyone was convinced that the end of 2010 would belong to AMD. They had their HD 6800 series already launched and the enthusiast targeted HD 6900 series had almost arrived while the competition was only supposed to launch their refreshed cards in the first quarter of 2011. Well, NVIDIA surprised everyone by releasing two GF110-based cards: the GTX 580 and GTX 570.
These two new products used a slightly revised Fermi architecture in order to deliver significant improvements in their clock speeds, power consumption, thermal output and acoustical footprints when compared to the outgoing 400-series. AMD suddenly found their HD 6970 competing against a card which was quickly discontinued (the GTX 480) while the HD 6950 has fared a bit better even though NVIDIA has a return salvo already loaded and ready to fire against it.
Naturally, the GTX 570 has been uniquely popular with people looking for a near-perfect balance of price and performance in the high end market and NVIDIA’s board partners have been rushing to produce their own versions. EVGA was one of the first on the scene with the usual Super Overclock model which uses the reference design but comes packing higher clock speeds as well as access to their lifetime warranty program. Custom software programs like Precision and OCScanner are also included via downloads so it should be possible to push this card even higher than EVGA’s chosen clock speeds. You get all of this for about $20 more than the reference version which amounts to around $370 USD.
The GTX 480 and GTX 470 were quite popular but unfortunately pre-overclocked versions were severely curtailed by thermal and power limitations. The GF110 rectifies some of these issues and the result has been a resurgence in higher performing, custom products. The EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked is just one of many but it will nonetheless be interesting to see just how much more performance it can really deliver.