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Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Phantom" Graphics Card

An overclocker solution with a custom cooler.

February 23, 2011



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After a recent a review of Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Golden Sample" Goes Like Hell we again return to the same brand and even the same GPU. It's just that we've got another interesting product from the company: Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Phantom" with a custom cooler. Let's see how it performs.

Design


Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Phantom"
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 570 (GF110)
  • Interface: PCIe x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 750/1500 MHz (the standard is 732/1464 MHz)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 975 (3900) MHz (the standard is 900 (3800) MHz)
  • Bus: 320-bit
  • Stream processors: 480
  • TMUs: 60 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROPs: 40
  • Size: 270x100x38 mm
  • PCB color: black/brown
  • RAMDACs/TDMS: integrated into GPU
  • Outputs: 2 x DVI-I, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • Multi-GPU mode: hardware SLI

Comparison with the reference design, front view
Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Phantom" Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570

Comparison with the reference design, rear view
Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Phantom" Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570

I have already mentioned that Gainward engineers developed a universal custom PCB suitable for both GTX 570 and GTX 580. It has 8-pin and 6-pin supplementary power connectors as well as a 384-bit bus, both suitable for GTX 580. It's just that GTX 570 lacks 2 memory chips and has the bus reduced to 320-bit. The aforementioned 8-pin power connector promises a certain overclocking stability reserve. However, the layout in general is based on the reference one.

GeForce GTX 580/570 cards require supplementary power: reference GTX 570 has two 6-pin connectors, while GTX 580 — and Gainward's GTX 570 — has one 8-pin and one 6-pin connector.

Maximum resolutions and frequencies:

  • 240 Hz maximum refresh rate
  • 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz max. digital resolution
  • 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz max. VGA resolution

Cooling


Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Phantom"

The cooler features a heatsink and a cover with fans. The former cools down both the core and memory chips and is reinforced with heatpipes. The cover has three fans under fine grating. The cooler is quite large, occupying a part of the third slot as well. The fans are slow, so the cooler is nearly noiseless.


Traditionally, we monitored temperatures using EVGA Precision (based on RivaTuner).

Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Phantom"



68°C after 8 hours of continuous testing is a great result.

Bundle

A basic bundle should include a user manual, a software CD, and adapters where applicable. Now let's see what other accessories are bundled with the card.


Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Phantom"
This is a basic bundle with a power splitter and a DVI-to-VGA adapter.


Box


Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB "Phantom"

A thick cardboard box of ascetic black-and-white design. The bundle is stowed into polyurethane foam compartments. The card is fixed securely to avoid transportation issues.



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