EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified Video Card Review

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EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified

 you do not have proper clearance you should not be reading this page as this is document is rated CLASSIFIED…..

The word classified means a lot of different things depending on the context but when it comes to computer hardware it means one thing, the best of the best from EVGA.  Most enthusiasts are very aware of EVGA since it is their classified series of products that frequently are used for world record benchmark runs.  Founded in 1999 they have grown from a system builder into a manufacturer of Intel and NVIDIA products.  They are also the geniuses behind the mega powerful Classified SR-2 motherboard just in case you really need to run dual Xeon’s.
GTX570 box angle
When it comes to video cards EVGA offers each version in several flavors including:
  • Standard reference design
  • Super Clocked (SC)
  • Super Super Clocked (SSC)
  • For The Win (FTW)
  • Classified
  • Classified Hydro (Water Cooled)
The main difference between these designations is the amount of factory overclock dialed in by EVGA and on the higher end boards the quality of some of the materials to provide potentially better overclocking.  The Hydro series has factory installed water blocks for extreme cooling and overclocking potential.
EVGA did a full background check on Legit and gave us clearance to put this latest classified version of their GTX570 into our lab to see what the maximum factory overclocked could do to our benchmarks.  The reference GeForce GTX 570 runs at 732 MHz core, 950 MHz memory, and 1464 MHz shader.  This Classified version has been pushed to 823 MHz core, 975.5 MHz memory, and 1645 MHz shader clocks.  This is good for a boost of 12% on the core and shader clocks with additional 3% on memory clock.

Versions of the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 2560MB

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 2560MB
025-P3-1579-AR – 732MHz Core / 3800 MHz Memory
$379.99 shipped

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified
012-P3-1578-AR – 822MHz Core / 3902MHz Memory
$349.99 shipped

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked
012-P3-1572-AR – 797MHz Core / 3900MHz Memory
$344.88 shipped

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked
012-P3-1573-AR – 797MHz Core / 3900MHz Memory
$344.04 shipped

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 DS HD

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 DS HD
012-P3-1577-AR – 732MHz Core / 3800 MHz Memory
$369.93 shipped

EVGA GeForce GTX 570

EVGA GeForce GTX 570
012-P3-1570-AR – 732MHz Core / 3800 MHz Memory
$329.99 shipped

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD
012-P3-1571-AR – 732 MHz Core / 3800 MHz Memory
$329.99 shipped

 The MSRP for the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified $359.99 but currently they are offering a $10.00 mail-in rebate.  We found the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified for $349.99 shipped after the rebate.  This is a $20.00 premium over the base GTX 570 but be aware you get more than just 12% performance boost by going Classified as the power, board layout, and parts quality are boosted from the base version.

An interesting note on packaging and the classified card.  We started to wonder when we noticed on EVGA’s web site a package of the GTX 570 Classified in an all black box and without the HD badge but with the same part number.  A quick inquiry with EVGA confirmed that they have two different packaging schemes for the same card. 

Two versions of the packaging for the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified:

Two boxes for Classified

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified Specifications:

Key Specifications

  • NVIDIA GTX 570
  • 480 CUDA Cores
  • 822 MHz GPU
  • 1645MHz Shader Clock
  • DirectX 11
  • OpenGL 4.1

Memory

  • 1280 MB, 320 bit GDDR5
  • 3902 MHz (effective)
  • 156 GB/s Memory Bandwidth

Interfaces

  • PCI-E 2.0 16x
  • Two Dual-Link DVI-I HDCP capable connectors
  • HDMI
  • Display-Port
  • 3-Way SLI Capable

Resolution & Refresh

  • 240Hz Max Refresh Rate
  • 2048×1536 Max Analog
  • 2560×1600 Max Digital

Dimensions

  • Length: 10.5in – 266.7mm
  • Height: 4.376in – 111.15mm
  • Weight: 3lb

Accessories

  • EVGA Driver disk wiht EVGA Precision Tuning Utility
  • User Guide
  • DVI to VGA Adapter
  • Dual MOLEX to 6-pin PCIe power adapter
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  • EVGA limited edition poster

Requirements

  • Minimum of a 550 Watt power supply.
    (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 38 Amps.)
  • An available 6-pin PCI-E power connector and an available 8 pin PCI-E power connector

Product Warranty

  • This product comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty with registration within 30 days of purchase.

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