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So I got a GTX 470 (this is like my 4th one now haha) to hold me by until Bulldozer comes and I get something else around august (after I get Bulldozer or SB though).

I wasn't sure which to buy but then I got the Gigabyte GTX 470 OC model because I'm a Gigabyte fan.. and the blue would match my current motherboard, and it seemed to be a bit "better" than the reference design (apparently uses better components).

Before anybody asks me why I got this instead of keeping my old 6950 or 570 or whatever, there are two reasons; firstly because I got bored of those cards and secondly because I got this at a very good price so I decided to jump on it. SLI will be fun for now.

Now.. I was expect a card like the one in that link (rev 1) but what I got was completely different.. and in a good way.

The packaging is actually really good. Much better than the anime-themed ones Gigabyte used during the 8, 9 and GTX 200 series and before. Inside it was packaged well, there was another, stronger, cardboard box inside and the actual card was protected in foam pretty well. Here is the outer packaging.


Not much is included besides a DVI-VGA adapter, some PCI power adapters, and a fair sized mini HDMI to HDMI cable which is nice as not many others include this. There is also a driver disk and instructions manual.


When I took out the actual card, I was surprised because I was expecting a reference designed cooler, but what I got was the WindforceX3 design one, used on their Super Overclock (and non-reference) cards. Since the product code was that of the reference-cooled one, I believed that was the one I would get. I must say i was pleasantly surprised.


Yes, it does have a blue PCB - It all comes down to personal taste and I actually like it. At least it's not green or that really horrible dark blue shade.


The card uses 6pin and 8pin connectors for power. Since the normal card has 2 6pin, I guess this is aimed at overclockers, as this would help with stability when overclocking with voltage.


The rear is pretty much the same as a normal GTX 470 but this card had some plastic coverings (I don't know what they are called?) or whatever. I guess that's a nice touch, protects from damage and dust.


In terms of size, it is a bit bigger than a regular GTX 470, but not too much bigger.


The card uses a vapor chamber heatsink combined with 4 heatpipes and loads of fins. There are also 3 fans which are made from a bendy plastic and they seem really nice. That's good because a few times I managed to press down really hard and had they been like ones on the Palit dual fan cards, they would've snapped off. There is also an additional heatsink to cool the VRMs which also gets some air.

Since it's not part of a huge plate like on the reference cards, It may fit with non-reference coolers (though why would you need another aftermarket cooler with one like this?) and should work fine with universal GPU blocks. As you'll see in the pictures below, there are 2 memory chips missing so I guess this PCB is also used for the GTX 480s (that would explain the 8pin power connector).





Temps on this card are really good. Idle is about 39*c (reference is around 45) and load is 68*c on only 40% fan speed. That is really cool by Fermi standards and there is very little noise. I can't say how much because It could not be heard over my case fans (all on lowest speed). The fans don't get too loud until about 60% but even then they are a lot quieter than the reference cooler, even if you turn these up to full speed. The reference card loads at around 89-91 with a fair bit of noise. The superiority of this cooler is fairly obvious.

I should also point out that the card doesn't get any air blow on it directly from any fans so If i had a front intake fan or side panel fan (which would blow air towards it) then the temps may be a bit better.

As for overclocking, this does seem to be better than my reference GTX 470 when adding additional voltage. That one can only manage 820Mhz on the core with 1.087v and 1950 on the memory. This card ran 860Mhz core and 2125 on the memory, on the same voltage, which is just amazing I think.

Once I get my GPU block I will be seeing how far it can go with 1.2v and report back. I guess the point of this is just to show how epic this card is, and that non-ref > ref design.

Thanks for reading. ;D


Edited by Razi3l - 4/16/11 at 3:38pm
    
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Very nice! Thanks for the pictures and bothering to post the mini review
    
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Such a sexy card!
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This is slightly biased because I love Gigabyte products but even still, this card is really good. Is my puny reference card worthy enough to SLI with this, or should I buy a second?.. Haha
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Water cool the reference card and sli it with this card. So 1 on air and the other on water .
Nice mini-review ...
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Water cool the reference card and sli it with this card. So 1 on air and the other on water .
Nice mini-review ...
Actually I'm gonna WC both but that doesn't do the same clocks as this and I was really hoping both would do 900. So I may just grab another one of this instead.. I'll see. xD
    
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470 gtx are beast cards . i have 2 in sli and man when you oc them they are nuts.
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dude where did you buy that.
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dude where did you buy that.
A shop?
Every Gigabyte product has a version of this. They are generally called UD or OC models and the latest revision generally has a cooler like this one. =)
    
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damn razi3l your going through these cards like candy you gonna hold on to this one right
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