With the GeForce GTX 570, nVidia replaces the top dog of the previous generation, the GeForce GTX 480. This high end graphics card is a treat to the eyes when playing games at high resolution on larger monitors. The nVidia GeForce GTX 570 is a second generation Fermi architecture card, positioned just one step below the new top end graphics card (GTX 580).

The GPU of the GeForce GTX 570 is codenamed the GF110, the same as the GTX 580. That then is a clear give away that the GTX570 is a cut-down variant of the GTX580. In fact, some might even say the GTX 570 (with its 480 shaders) is really what the GTX480 should have been. The GTX570 claims better temperatures and reduced power consumption. Improved efficiency allows it to perform almost as well as the GTX480 despite slightly lower specs.

It has 1280MB of GDDR5 video memory clocked at 950MHz, and a GPU core clocked at 732MHz. There is a 320bit memory interface and 480 unified shaders that support DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL, CUDA/PhysX and Nvidia 3D Vision. As a comparison, the GTX480 had 1536MB of memory and a 384bit memory interface.

For more first hand information, the GPU-Z screenshot below shows the GTX 570 GPU's specs in detail.

Zotac GeForce GTX 570 specs

The graphics card cooler seen on the Zotac GeForce GTX 570 is the same as the nVidia reference design. The Zotac brand and logo are splashed on top of the black coloured cooler, of course. This is a good thing as it is a known quantity to users (across brands) and imposes less production costs than a custom cooler on Zotac. As is expected for a high end solution, nVidia has fitted this card with a dual-slot cooler.

The cooler is pretty much closed on all sides, except for some grills towards the rear and at the rear. This means very little heat should escape into the PC cabinet, the cooler is geared to exhaust heat through the heat vent/grill at the rear (positioned alongside the display outputs). This is good for ambient temperature of your desktop.

Only those with Full-ATX motherboards and cabinets of mid-tower size or larger should really look at this class of graphics card. Anything less and you'll have problems accommodating it in your PC, considering its enormous length, which is standard for high end cards. Power requirements are taken care of with its two 6-pin PCI-E power input slots. It has two SLI connectors, to connect two other nVidia graphics cards in the same PC in a triple SLI configuration.

Display outputs at the rear consisted of two DVI ports and one mini-HDMI port (HDMI 1.4a supported). This is a disappointment to be sure, more output ports including DisplayPort would have been worthy of a card targeted at the high end. However, this is how nVidia kits its reference GTX 570 cards, so Zotac is not the one at fault here.

Zotac GeForce GTX 570

The Zotac GeForce GTX570 graphics card's package contents included one DVI-to-VGA port adaptor, one mini-HDMI to HDMI adaptor, two 6-pin PCI-E power input connectors (each connected to two 4-pin molex connectors) and the instruction manual. The mandatory CD offered the nVidia ForceWare drivers, manual, an application bundle called Zotac Boost and a game (Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands).