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Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum Review

By on December 21, 2010
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Overclocked beast.

Good: Factory overclock is stable; Great performance; Super quiet
Bad: Little room for further overclocking
Price: AED 1648
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Well, the GTX 570 was finally launched by Nvidia two weeks ago, so the time is ripe to get some factory overclocked versions of the card from various manufacturers. Today I’ll be having a look at the Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum “Overclocking Edition” card.

First thing’s first, let’s have a look at the overclock done by Palit to the GTX 570. I’ll let the slide below do all the talking.

That’s a 9% Core and Shader clock, and 5% Memory clock increase.  The price increase is almost 10% compared to normal GTX 570 (AED 1,490) but still 21% cheaper than a GTX 580 (AED 1,989). Let’s see if the performance holds up to those numbers. Before that however, I will get down to the other important improvement to the Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum: the new cooling solution.

As you’ll see, the GTX 570 Sonic Platinum has a dual fan solution which is capped with a rather cheap looking silver cover. Palit like to call this their “New Mercury Design” heatsink, which to me just looks unappealing. However, judge not a book by its cover, the new cooling solution on the GTX 570 SP does one hell of a job in keeping the card quiet and cool.

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