GeForce 7950 GT and ATI X1900 XT 256MB: XFX and BFG Models
XFX GeForce 7950 GT 570M
For this launch, we received models from two manufacturers, one of which was XFX. Their GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme landed on our doorstep late last week showing off a cool (pun!) passive cooling solution.
Using a pair of heat pipes to move the heat from the GPU to the heat fins that sit on top of and behind the card, the XFX 570M Extreme model definitely stands out from the reference design in appearance. The XFX logo is a bright green color that tends to have a "glowing" effect to it.
The rear of the card has a good sized area of fins for additional heat dissipation, but of course leaves the SLI connector unaffected -- dual passive GPUs are within your grasp! With passive coolers though, you definitely need to make sure your case has good cooling on it and the air is not getting stuck inside the case. You might run into overheating issues if you aren't careful!
In the box with the XFX card, we found the standard DVI adaptors, HDTV dongle and some software including a full copy of Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter! Make sure you check the contents of the box of the card you are ordering online to see if it comes with this title as well.
Just because its passive, doesn't mean XFX would just leave the clock speeds alone! Nope, they still pushed the core frequency up 20 MHz to 570 MHz and the memory frequency up 30 MHz to 730 MHz.