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post #21 of 26
the 470 is just a lower binned 480. There is less memory on the pcb and some cores are disabled on the gpu by nvidia. I do not believe there is a way to unlock them
 
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I'm enjoying my GTX 480 and EK waterblock very much, and if you choose to go that route, I know you will too . It will be a HUGE upgrade from the 9800GTX+.
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post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by fat_italian_stallion View Post
the 470 is just a lower binned 480. There is less memory on the pcb and some cores are disabled on the gpu by nvidia. I do not believe there is a way to unlock them
Yes, but that said, they are physically different; the 480 uses a different, longer PCB. It also has a much larger heatsink, with the heatpipes protruding out the side. The 470 uses the same heatsink design with heatpipes, but it is much smaller and the heatpipes are fully enclosed within the shroud.

Not that any of that matters to the OP, as he's going to be putting a waterblock on it. But yes, the 480 is about an inch longer than the 470 to accommodate the extra memory chips and probably pathways for the extra cores, which is why you can't just "unlock" the disabled cores on a 470; it's physically impossible to do so.
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Lol after everything I have seen with people modding the GTX 465's, It would be tempting to grab one of them if going Nvidia.

Or you can just wait for the GTX 495.
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post #25 of 26
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wonder what the price point on the 495 is going to be?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by austinb324 View Post
Is there a physical difference in the 470 and 480 gpu? or is it similar to how the core i7 920 and the core i7 975 are the EXACT same processor except the 920 has the multiplier locked at 20/ 21 with turbo. If so can you provide a link to where you learned this information? Thanks
Less memory, less cores.

It takes a 470 about 800Mhz core to reach Stock GTX 480 speeds.
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