Joined on 07/24/07
Excellent single card to replace older SLI setups.
Pros: -- Very fast, much more affordable than the GTX 580. -- More practical to run SLI if you want than the $500+ GTX 580. -- Has the cooling/noise solution of the more expensive GTX 580 (much quieter and runs cooler than my GTX 260s). --Scored higher than twin EVGA Superclocked GTX 260s (core 216) 896 MB (look at other thoughts for score comparisons). -- Lifetime warranty, best guarantee in the industry from EVGA --Easy overclocking via the EVGA Precision tool (and you can set your own fan speed temp settings)
Cons: --Price if you can't afford $370 for a card. --Requires a 900+ watt PSU(at least %80 efficency rated) to run SLI comfortably, so I'll have to upgrade to do so as most half to. --Driver installation didn't work off the DvD, had to use Nvidia.com to get their drivers (Not blaming EVGA as I know there are alot of driver issues to work out, this may be one involving installation) --I wish I could afford to buy two of them right now. :-P
Overall Review: Alright, so to put things into perspective I ran 3dMark Vantage before and after this card. Im running a core i7 920 @ 4 ghz, 6 gb mushkin ram, and was using two EVGA SC GTX 260s (core 216) cards. I didn't include CPU scores as I wanted to compare apples to apples on this synthetic benchmark Running SLI GTX 260 (core 216 896 mb): Graphics Score = 20083.15 Jane Nash Scene = 60.79 FPS New Calico Scene =56.79 FPS Running EVGA Superclocked GTX 570 (1280 mb) Graphics Score =23163.64 Jane Nash scene=70.32 FPS New Calico scene= 65.29 FPS As you can see the gain was noticable, even upgrading from a SLI rig of overclocked (even over the overclock from EVGA) the gain was substantial with a single GTX 570. My system is running cooler (GTX 570 is running @ 38C as of this writing) and the sound is notably lower. Crysis runs like BUTTER at 1920x1050 res with everything turned to max and 2x AA, in multiplayer I never drop below 50 fps, even in the hardest of firefights. Get