EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified Video Card Review

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EVGA GTX 570 HD Classified Layout

A closer look at the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Classified:

The front of the card has the same reference design plastic
shroud with the 70mm fan mounted on the right side blowing through the
card.  If the signature black graphics with the silver on red
“Classified” was removed it would be hard to tell there was anything
special about this card.


GTX 570 classified front



GTX 570 front
back of the card is a nice black PCB that is becoming more and more
common these days from the old green boards.  The multi-way SLI ports
are clearly visible and you can make out that the chip pattern appears
to be the same as the GTX 580.  On the back edge of the PCB are voltage
read point in case you want to break out your multi-meter and really
fine tune your overclocking.
Back of EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified:
GTX 570 classified back
Here is the back of the GTX 580 we reviewed back in November of 2010.  I have not personally verified this but
since this appears to be the exact layout of a reference GTX 580 it
would seem likely a 580/570 water block should work on this Classified
version of the GeForce GTX 570 graphics card.  Both the VRM and memory
patterns look the same around the GPU it would simply be the capacitor
placement that would make or break that theory.
Back of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 reference card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Video Card Back
you look closely you can see that unlike the reference GTX 570 with
dual 6-pin PCI Power ports the EVGA classified is sporting a 6-pin and
8-pin power just like its big brother the GTX 580.  Using the same
supplemental power connectors as the GTX 580 
 in conjunction with the 6 phase digital PWM  allowed
EVGA to provide up to 225 watts of power to this card increasing the
overclocking potential.   The other thing to note is that unlike some of
the other specialized versions of the GeForce GTX 570 released by EVGA
such as the GTX 570 Superclocked,   they moved the PCI-e power ports on
the classified version back to the top of the card.  You can also see an
air vent next to the ‘E’ in EVGA.
Top of EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Classified:
GTX 570 classified top
is how the reference design of the GeForce GTX570 was originally
designed further supporting my theory this card could possibly fit a
reference designed 570/580 water block.
Top of EVGA GeForce GTX 570:
GTX570 top
GTX 570 Classified offers two dual link DVI ports (DVI-D), HDMI port,
and a display port.  In order to provide you with that additional
display port they have to position the DVI ports side by side giving you
a half height cooling vent.  The only down side to this configuration
is that in order to provide proper air flow they utilize that air vent
you saw in the top image of the card above which allows some of the hot
air from your uber gaming sessions to vent into the case.
GTX570 ports
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