EVGA did it again and released a version of a great performing graphics card with the additional performance magic of the Classified label. Having a card with the Classified badge not only means this is the fastest factory overclock for any given GPU by EVGA but also that this card is manufactured to allow the enthusiast to take the card much much further.
The only real knock against this card is that in order to add the display port they had to move one of the D-DVI port to make a side by side setup and blocking about half of the rear air vent. To ensure proper cooling air flow they added additional venting on top of the card which means it blows about 30% of the hot air into your case. If you have great case airflow this is probably not a problem but if you are pushing the overclock on other components this additional thermal load might limit your maximum performance. Again this is very minor and can easily be designed around through airflow management or potentially water cooling.
We would say the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified 012-P3-1578-AR is a must buy at $349.99 shipped which is only $20.00 more than the reference model of the GeForce GTX 570 from EVGA and this card comes backed by a lifetime warranty. The display port and 8-pin PCI-E easily make up for that cost and the factory overclock is just icing on the cake.
Legit Bottom Line: If you want an enthusiast grade graphics card under $400.00 that can overclock like mad, EVGA makes your choice simple. The GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified is absolutely the version to buy.