NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 570 is the latest high-end card for the budget-conscious gamer. Being built on the same foundation at GTX 580, it comes with reduced shader count, lower clock and also a lower price to fit a $350 price point.
ASUS has taken this successful base design and customized it on their GTX 570 Direct CU II using a brave approach: triple slot cooling design. The additional slot on the GTX 570 DCII allows a bigger cooling solution for improved cooling potential. ASUS has focused on reducing fan noise instead of delivering the lowest temperatures possible, which makes a lot of sense in my opinion. For you there is no difference whether the card is at 60° or 80° under load, but fan noise is something you will have to constantly live with.
The ASUS GTX 570 Direct CU II also comes with a small overclock to squeeze some extra performance out of the card. While other board vendors would charge a hefty price premium for such a design approach, ASUS only adds $10 to the cost of the GTX 570 DCII which is extremely reasonable and makes this card attractive for users who would only be looking at the reference design otherwise.
GTX 570 DC II
|Shader units||960||1440||448||1120||1600||480||480||480||512||2x 1600|
|Memory Size||1024 MB||1024 MB||1280 MB||1024 MB||1024 MB||1280 MB||1280 MB||1536 MB||1536 MB||2x 1024 MB|
|Memory Bus Width||256 bit||256 bit||320 bit||256 bit||256 bit||320 bit||320 bit||384 bit||384 bit||2x 256 bit|
|Core Clock||775 MHz||725 MHz||607 MHz||900 MHz||850 MHz||732 MHz||742 MHz||700 MHz||772 MHz||725 MHz|
|Memory Clock||1000 MHz||1000 MHz||837 MHz||1050 MHz||1200 MHz||950 MHz||950 MHz||924 MHz||1002 MHz||1000 MHz|