ASUS GeForce GTX 570
The GTX 570 is designed to fill the price gap between the 580/480 and 470, and at $349 it achieves that quite nicely. With the wildly popular GTX 460 positioned down at the $200 mark, you’ll see that the 470 effectively becomes obsolete. And in terms of performance, the 570 has its sights directly on the 480. So in essence, the 570 will replace the 480.
Though the GTX 580 and GTX 570 share the same GF110 architecture, there are several changes. The 570’s specifications look like a neutered version of the 580. This is achieved in a couple of ways. First, one Polymorph Engine has been disabled, resulting in a reduction of 32 CUDA cores and also 4 Texture Units. Second, a 320-bit memory interface is used here rather than the full 384-bit, and there’s 1.28GB of GDDR5 rather than the 1.536MB of the GTX 580. Lastly, the clock speeds have been slightly lowered from the 580, down to 732MHz core and 950MHz memory.
The diagram below shows the architecture differences between the 580 and 570.
Below is a chart that shows the specifications in the current GeForce premium GTX lineup as things stand from Nvidia:
As you can see above, the GTX 570 looks very much like the 570, but with the GF110 architecture, it’s positioned to take on the 480. We’ll see during our benchmarking tests shortly.
Let’s now take a closer look at today’s GeForce card, the ASUS GTX 570.