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I started playing around with my Gigabyte GTX 570 a couple of days ago. Here are my findings:

Specs: 780 core/1560 shader/1900 RAM, Windforce 3X cooler

Appearance and packaging: It's huge, like any other modern GPU. The cooler runs the full length of the card, like the reference version, and has a single nickel plated heatpipe connecting the vapor chamber and VRM cooler. Gigabyte went an extra step and provided plastic covers/plugs for the SLI connections, both DVI ports, and the mini HDMI port. While not totally necessary, it's a nice touch. Box contents were somewhat sparse, with no extra software/product keys and no case badge. It did include a mini HDMI to HDMI cable, a couple of molex to PCIe power adapters, and an SLI bridge, along with a manual and a driver disk.

Overclocking: I haven't bothered to modify the BIOS yet, so I'm still running stock voltage. With that said, I've been able to hit 840/1680/2000. Kombuster, Heaven, F@H, ME 1&2 are all stable and artifact free at these settings. For some reason, 3DMark Vantage crashes almost as soon as I start benching, but it does that even at the stock settings for this card, so I'm thinking it is either a corrupt install, corrupt drivers, or some other incompatibility.

Temps: With the stock thermal paste, 840/1680/2000 clocks, and a 1:1 fan profile set in MSI Afterburner, temps were hovering right around 32c idle, 51c load with either Kombustor or F@H. After changing the stock thermal paste for MX-2, idle temp was 31c and max temp dropped to 48c with the same settings. This shows that the Windforce 3X cooler actually does a pretty good job of keeping temps in check compared to the reference cooler, and good thermal paste puts it almost at water cooling temps! Also of note: I run my CPU at 3.8Ghz and let my mobo throttle the fan speed automatically on my Hyper 212+. My 110 CFM Scythe Slipstreams are about middle-of-the-road when it comes to noise level. My video card can not be heard over my CPU, even at full load.

Summary: While it isn't the best overclocker, it does run cooler and quieter than the reference version. I would have liked a few more goodies bundled in, but I'm still happy with the purchase. If you want the absolute fastest GTX 570, go with the EVGA SC or something similar. If you want a GTX 570 that won't sound like a hair dryer and won't bake the paint off your case, this is a solid choice.
 
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Pics or it doesn't do as stated. tongue.gif Just kidding...

If you can manage 840 on the core and 2000 on the memory without voltage increases, I wonder what it can really do. ^^
     
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere;12375896 
Pics or it doesn't do as stated. tongue.gif Just kidding...

If you can manage 840 on the core and 2000 on the memory without voltage increases, I wonder what it can really do. ^^


I just started playing with the voltage. I'm up to 875/1750/2000 at 1.000v, but temps jumped drastically with the increased voltage. It's topping out around 57c now, which is still good for a fermi, but not as awesome as the stock voltage temps. The noise difference between 48% and 57% fan speed is also noticeable, although it still isn't bad either considering the fact that I'm running the card in a case skeleton (no front, side or top panel, it's basically a bare 690 frame right now). I'm still working my way up to max on this card, and I haven't done much of anything with the RAM yet, so the cooler may not be much different from reference with a substantial OC. We'll just have to see. Here's a SS with the new settings...

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I just bought this card, quite impressed with the performance of the cooler. It's a lot quieter than my old Asus Radeon 4870x2 tri-fan cooler, that thing sounded like a vacuum cleaner whenever I played games.
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would you recommend this gigabyte model over the msi twinfrozr II model? i would overclock either one myself so the stock clocks aren't a concern for me, just the cooling ability
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Overclock that baby above 580's stock performance!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JTK21351;12708821 
would you recommend this gigabyte model over the msi twinfrozr II model? i would overclock either one myself so the stock clocks aren't a concern for me, just the cooling ability

I'm trying to make the same decision myself frown.gif

The Gigabyte 460 windforce 2x model I bought had numerous issues. So I'm afraid of this 570...

Is it true that the gigabyte one is the only model easily available in the US with VRM heatsinks?
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Just a heads up, if you guys have this card and are experiencing game crashes, check your core voltage in MSI afterburner. I was crashing out of Crysis after between 5-20 mins of gameplay, I checked the voltages and my core voltage was at 962mV. I bumped it up to 975mV and Crysis no longer crashed.

Since this is factory OC'd I guess the stock core voltage was too low.
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Hi, I was just wondering how long this card is. Is it the same as stock? Will it fit in a case that allows a max 270mm card?
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Interesting. I can tell that your temps are going to be worse than mine at comparable overclocks, but you might be able to get a decent boost with 875 core at only 1.00v...

Also, grab the Heaven DX11 benchmark, I've found it's rather quick about finding unstable overclocks on 570s that are hard to crack in games. I had it once where I played ACB for 6 hours, didn't have a single issue, ran Heaven and it crashed before track 10, thought it'd be heaven only, so I went back to ACB, I got a crash about an hour later lol.
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