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NVIDIA launched their GF110 chip in the form of the GeForce GTX 580 just a month ago which was basically a “fixed” GF100 chip with some improvements. It is a great card with lower power consumption and higher performance than the previous generation GeForce GTX 480 but with the EOL of the GeForce GTX 480 card there was a gap between the GTX 580 and the GTX 470 in price.
If you might remember, NVIDIA launched the GTX 480 with 480 enabled CUDA cores. At the same time they launched a second card, the GeForce GTX 470, with 448 CUDA cores, which meant it had one SM (Shader Multiprocessor) disabled. Logically, the second chip in the stable, the GF110 could also have a SM disabled to form another card, and that is today’s launch, the GeForce GTX 570 card which is to the 580 what a 470 was to the 480. The chips used on both cards are identical and the feature set of the two cards is the same as well.